Arroyo Seco Gorge Narrows

The Arroyo Seco Gorge has some stunning terrain if you are willing to creek walk / swim.  The narrows section of the route is unbeatable, and the cool water is refreshing from the heat of the day – in the summer, air temperatures easily exceed 100F.  I use a wetsuit when traveling up the gorge, however not everyone does.  I recommend it if you want to spend as much time in the water.  Unfortunately, carrying the wetsuit out in the heat of the day is an extra burden.  This is a fairly challenging route that requires the ability to swim (there are several long stretches where that is the only option), the ability to climb rock (class 4+), and some means of staying warm in the water.  The water is cold year round, but on a hot summer day, there are opportunities to warm up on the rocks during mid-day as the sun reaches down into the canyon.
GPS track for this route.

Dogs Waterfall Arroyo Seco

Although possible to bring dogs on this journey, it is a little challenging. We had to carry the dogs up the waterfall.

There are many locations where you can jump into the water in Arroyo Seco Gorge.  We even witnessed people making some daring 50 foot jumps!

There are many locations where you can jump into the water in Arroyo Seco Gorge. We even witnessed people making some daring 50 foot jumps!

There are sections where you can walk

There are sections where you can walk

This is a rigorous portion of the route.  The falls have a rope (seen on the right hand side) to assist you in climbing to the upper pools

This is a rigorous portion of the route. The falls have a rope (seen on the right hand side) to assist you in climbing to the upper pools

The hike out of Arroyo Seco Gorge is long and can be hot!

The hike out of Arroyo Seco Gorge is long and can be hot!

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