SOUTH FORK SANTA LUCIA CREEK
Abundant inches to feet of rain fell on the Northern Santa Lucia, in
mid-March 1995. The Salinas River flooded Castroville and many other
places. Ten days after the floods, during a short dry period, I took a loop
backpack trip from Indians Station - Cwalakam along the closed Indians -
Arroyo Seco Road and returned via the Santa Lucia Trail.
Many examples of the tremendous water flows were evident along the closed road. A boulder 15 feet in diameter sat in the middle of the road south of Escondido Camp. Many small slides, with vegetation intact, covered the road. Culverts had plugged. One six feet in diameter had eroded large amounts of dirt and deposited debris along the overflow paths. Small waterfalls and cascades falling from steep road cuts had never been seen before. I slowly picked my way through the 200 foot wide slide covering the road at "Second Saddle", very near the beginning of the Santa Lucia Trail. The landslide at Jackhammer Spring had not yet occurred, but would slide within a month.
Further along this trail, south of the spur to Pimkolam summit, it passes though a long section with many very old granite boulder walls with smooth channels between. Recent and ancient examples of sudden, swift large water flows. Local landform re-creations.