Every time I did US101 through Monterey County I was curious about these two roads. They lead to Arroyo Seco, a campground in the Los Padres National Forest. This set is from August 1996, on the same day as the G13 trip photos.
This was a ride that didn't seem to be in California. The mountains seemed like something out of West Texas, though this area has too much vegetation to be West Texas. G17 zig zags (and its a fast road, not slow and narrow) through the river canyon. You leave the National Forest almost right after leaving the campground, though some land north of the entrance is Forest Service land too, but it appears to be closed to the public in places.
The Arroyo Seco River runs through this canyon. Arroyo Seco mean
G17 and G16 East
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