Church Creek Canyon from Church Ranch Road Professional Review and Guide
"Church Creek Canyon is rich with massive sandstone formations, including caves, rock shelters, arching overhangs, and ancient pic- tographs from the Esselen people. This hike descends on Church Ranch Road, a gated dirt road overlooking the scenic canyon. The lightly traveled road, branching from Tassajara Road, winds down the brushy slope on an easy grade. The trail offers outstand- ing vistas but little shade. The road descends to Church Creek, a tributary of the Arroyo Seco that forms at Church Creek Divide. The 4-mile-long creek merges with Tassajara Creek on its journey to the ocean. A trail parallels Church Creek in an open forest of black oaks, Coulter pines, and Santa Lucia firs. This out-and-back hike is downhill the entire way to Church Creek. Pace yourself accordingly for the strenuous hike back out."