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Los Padres Dam to Carmel River Campsite Trail Professional Review and Guide
"Walk through the gate. The hike to the dam along the service road used by California American Water Company is one of the easiest places to access Los Padres National Forest. Follow the 0.75-mile dirt road to the dam past two large meadows above the river. The road drops down to the lower meadow. If you have a water-loving dog, turn right at the fork and follow the road down to the river’s edge below the spillway and the abandoned fish ladder to the swimming hole."
--Linda Mullaly & David Mullaly, Best Hikes with Dogs: Central California (The Mountaineers Books).
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