Adventure at Arroyo Seco

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Epic cliff diving. Relaxing and fun place to just chill by the river. Amazing (and exhausting) adventure upriver that entails hiking, swimming, scrambling, and bouldering. Great swimming holes. Riverside backcountry camping opportunities.

This off-the-beaten-trail adventure has a little bit of everything for everyone, and is as challenging as you make it. Many just make it about a mile down to the river for a leisurely day of relaxing, swimming, sunbathing, and enjoying a few cold beverages. Others embark on a 7+ mile adventure up the river, which entails hiking, swimming, scrambling, and even some optional bouldering and cliff diving.

The best spots on the river are the colloquially referred to as the "Amphitheater" and "Narrows." The Amphitheater is about 2 miles from the parking lot and is a very deep swimming hole surrounded by steep cliffs (where many cliff dive from).

To reach Arroyo Seco from the San Francisco Bay Area, head south on Highway 101 and take the Arroyo Seco Road exit (just south of Soledad). Follow Arroyo Seco Road for about 35 minutes to reach the Arroyo Seco Gorge Parking Lot. Depending on the season, you will have to pay a $10 vehicle entry fee either at a National Forest ranger booth on the way or at the parking lot.

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Swimming
Hiking
Adult Beverages
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
River
Scenic
Waterfall
Cliff Jumping
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about 5 years ago

Group site is perfect

Stayed at the group site a few times now. Each time for a camping bachelor mini party, and never got complaints about being loud. The gorge is a must. Jumping off the cliff was a great way to cool off on a hot day.

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about 5 years ago

Killer Off The Beaten Path Campground

Definitely recommend this spot. It's not the easiest place to get to from SF but so worth it. The camp hosts are awesome and even let us gather food for our fire instead of carrying it in. The hikes to the river gorge are incredible also the swinging bridge is so cool. If you have a dirt bike you can make it all the way to the coast though it's about 20+ miles.

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about 6 years ago

Amazing day trip.

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