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Katharina ....
(Kat_P) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Coast
Arroyo Seco, 5/1, 5/2 on 04/27/2010 07:17:36 MDT Print View

I am thinking about a 15.3 mile loop from Arroyo Seco Station, to Tassayara Hot Springs, via Horse pasture trail, returning via the Tony trail. Lots of swimming holes in the gorges. Could pay for day use of Tassajara facilities or just hike through and head for the swimming holes. Lots of Poison oak on the overgrown trail.
So far it's me, my 14 year old Libby and our 16 year old buddy Kylie.gorge at Arroyo SecoGorgeswimming hole, one of many

Edited by Kat_P on 04/27/2010 07:23:54 MDT.

Casey Bowden
(clbowden) - MLife

Locale: Berkeley Hills
Arroyo Seco on 04/27/2010 09:47:48 MDT Print View

How warm is it in early May? I've only been there in July?

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Arroyo Seco on 04/27/2010 09:51:36 MDT Print View

Go there in early May and you get to see the poison oak in full bloom.

--B.G.--

Katharina ....
(Kat_P) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Coast
good question on 04/27/2010 09:51:40 MDT Print View

Good question Casey. I'd think that if we have a sunny weekend, the hike will be hot, given the location and terrain, so the water should feel good, even if it is cooler than in July. How cold was the water in July? Cool or cold ( like Pine Falls, brrr).
As far as Poison Oak, in full bloom does not make it any larger or more intrusive than later on. It may be all shiny now, but it will only grow larger from here on.

Edited by Kat_P on 04/27/2010 09:53:25 MDT.

Katharina ....
(Kat_P) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Coast
ying yang pools? on 04/27/2010 13:54:26 MDT Print View

Casey, how do you get to the ying yang pools?

Jay Wilkerson
(Creachen) - MLife

Locale: East Bay
Arroyo Seco 5/1-2 on 04/27/2010 14:12:51 MDT Print View

Katharina, Me and Cameron were there this past weekend--Had a great time! EXCEPT poison oak was literally everywhere on the trail. The trails are very over grown with brush, fallen limbs and fallen trees..The creeks are flowing great....Have a good time...

PS: Watch out for ticks--I had a few on me.

-Jay

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Katharina ....
(Kat_P) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Coast
swim? on 04/27/2010 14:28:27 MDT Print View

Did you get in the water?

Edited by Kat_P on 04/27/2010 14:28:57 MDT.

Lyan Jordan
(redmonk)

Locale: Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem
Arroyo Seco, 5/1, 5/2 on 04/27/2010 14:30:39 MDT Print View

The water was refreshingly cool.

Jay Wilkerson
(Creachen) - MLife

Locale: East Bay
Arroyo Seco 5/1-2 on 04/27/2010 14:46:46 MDT Print View

We are able to swim in a nice pool on the Arroyo Seco creek towards the end of the hike---VERY NICE!!!!!
It maid the drive to IN-N-Out Burger that much easier.

Casey Bowden
(clbowden) - MLife

Locale: Berkeley Hills
Re: ying yang pools? on 04/27/2010 15:05:34 MDT Print View

The yin yang pool is about an hour up the river past the narrows. I really want to go back this year, but can't do it in May. How about a trip in July?

Katharina ....
(Kat_P) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Coast
arroyo seco on 04/27/2010 15:26:58 MDT Print View

Jay and Cameron, which way did you go?
Casey, maybe again in July but I am either going there or somewhere this weekend. Thanks for info on the pools

Katharina ....
(Kat_P) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Coast
we went on 05/04/2010 14:28:02 MDT Print View

My daughter and I went to Tassajara via the Horse Pasture trail. No ticks, plenty of poison oak, incredible wild flowers, nice waterfalls and swimming holes. Hope to post some pictures soon.