Many times when walkers are walking along the beaches in Santa Cruz County they are approached by locals and asked where they are going. They reply “Monterey” and are normally told “you can’t get there from here on foot.” The biggest obstacle is the Pajaro River. This river meets the ocean just south of Pajaro Dunes and can be a force to be reakoned with….at high tide. The secret? Make sure you arrive at the river at the lowest possible tide. Unless the surf is exceptionally powerful, you’ll find success by crossing along various sandbar areas. Be careful and follow your guide’s advice if you want to be sure to get to Monterey.
Crossing the Pajaro River – LargeCheck out this video taken by one of our Walk The Walkers who felt comfortable enough during the crossing to film a bit of the finish.