An early spring view of the Salinas River, looking northwest from a hillside development south of Soledad. The river flows northward, replenishing the valley's groundwater until it finally empties into Monterey Bay.
Like most California rivers, the Salinas is strictly seasonal. It began flowing visibly only a few weeks ago, and will dry out again later in the summer. But don't let that fool you. The breadth of the flood plain gives evidence that the river is not always so tame.