Arroyo Seco HikeName: Arroyo Seco HikeDate: October 21, 2017Event Description:
Arroyo Seco HikeOctober 21, 2017 • 8:30 AM-1:00 PM
Calling all experienced hikers! Come and explore this remote, BSLT-conserved landscape. The 1,675-acre ranch was acquired by the Big Sur Land Trust in 2007. The property was a conservation priority because of its diverse habitats, native plant and animal species, river and creek systems and links to surrounding wilderness areas. It fronts the Arroyo Seco River, one of the few remaining free-flowing rivers on the Central Coast.
A moderately strenuous 5-mile round-trip hike will take you through the rich riparian habitat of Horse Canyon and sycamore alluvial woodlands . Be prepared for multiple creek crossings and rocky terrain.
On the extended( very strenuous!) option we will explore dense oak woodlands, hike up to high country to take in panoramic views of the Arroyo Seco watershed, and descend to cross (or swim in!) the Arroyo Seco River.
Space is limited. Hikers on the extended trip should bring swim wear, a change of clothing and shoes. Water shoes are a plus.
Meeting place – 7:45a.m.:
Running Iron Restaurant parking lot, 24 E. Carmel Valley Rd., Carmel Valley, CA 93924
Registered hikers must meet up with the group. We will check in and carpool from this point. 4WD vehicles are required to enter Arroyo Seco Ranch. Those without a 4WD will need to leave their vehicle at the meeting place for the day and carpool with another. Those with 4WD vehicles should be comfortable crossing water and driving on uneven rugged terrain.
1p.m. or 3p.m. (Estimated time back to Running Iron, Carmel Valley Village- depending on your choice of hikes.)
Level of Difficulty:
Difficult. Hikers should be in excellent hiking condition. Temperatures can be expected to exceed 80 degrees. Trails and dirt roads are generally in good condition. Numerous creek crossings. Extended hike includes crossing the Arroyo Seco River at a beautiful swimming hole. Hiking poles strongly recommended for both options. Swim wear and/or change of clothes a must for the extended option.