Campground: Arroyo Seco
Date:March 18-21, 2016
Bathrooms: Hot Water
Fire Pit: Yes, but very deep. Bring lots of kindling
Picnic Table: Yes
Size of Campsite: Very large
How many tents can fit: 2-3 easily
Firewood Available: For sale, $7/bundle
Proximity to parking: Very close
Nearest store: 20 miles
Place to hang hammock: At some sites
Electrical Outlets: No
Cell Service: No
Pay Phone: yes-ish (didn’t work)
Things To Do
Hiking: Excellent, very near, or drive to Pinnacles
Swimming: Yes, river nearby
Beach: Yes, river nearby
Climbing trees: Some
Wildlife: Frogs galore. Lots of wildflowers
Inner Tubing: Yes
Watch Out For
Poison Oak: Oodles
Ticks: Almost certaintly
NotesNotes: Site 27 had lots of trees and not much sun… perfect in the summer, but a bit cold in the spring. Site 29 was at the corner and had more open space. This corner of the campground was great because it’s away from most sites; right next to the road, but there is so little traffic that it doesn’t matter much (might change in the summer when a lot of people are heading to the day-use area).
The fire rings are really deep, so they don’t burn well with a small fire. Bring a lot of wood.
Nice bathrooms with showers and warm water in the sinks for doing dishes. Bikes were great to have along; really nice fire trail for riding up the gorge. The other campers were very mello in the spring, though there were a lot of Christmas lights and some generators.
It’s faster to get there than Google Maps suggests; the road up from 101 is pretty fast when there is no traffic. About 25 minutes from Soledad. Could also drive through Carmel Valley, but it would add at least 45 minutes to the drive. No cell service. There is a pay phone, but it doesn’t work well.
Less than an hour to Pinnacles National Park for hiking.
Hiking / Biking up the gorge ride is a bit steep, but nice out and back to a bridge where you can access the river for a picnic. On the flat portion, we went out about 2 miles, which was beautiful and flat, but above the river. For kids, the ride to the bridge would probably be an all day event.
Kids highlights — Eliza: bike riding loops through camp, riding out through the gorge. Tessa: Beautiful wildflowers at the gorge and on the hike to the Pinnacles.