Teaching Use Policy
UC Natural Reserve System
Berkeley Nat. Hist.
Organz. of Biol. Field Stations
- Who is at Hastings?
GIS / Maps-
- Insects, Spiders
Plants of Hastings
Webcams in Wildlands
Resources for K-12 Teachers
Office, Resident Staff
Topographic Map of Hastings
Travel / Driving
Sketch Map- Building Names
Suggestions- Airline Connections
I suggest that one investigate travel to the Monterey, CA airport.
Often long-distance travel with a connection to Monterey does not cost
much more. There are no shuttles or buses that serve Hastings from Monterey.
Driving time from the Monterey airport is about 1 hour. Cars can be rented
at the Monterey airport from several vendors.
Flying to San Jose, San Francisco, or Oakland
is also possible, however the connections to San Jose are probably best.
Cars can be rented at these airports as well. Driving time from Oakland
and San Francisco can be up to 3 hours. Driving time from San Jose can
be up to 2.5 hours, all depending on traffic. Driving south on Highway
101 in the Bay Area is challenging, especially during morning (6am - 9am)
and evening (3pm - 7pm) commute hours. An attractive alternate from SFO
is Highway 92 to Highway 1 to Santa Cruz, then south to Carmel where it
is shown on the map below. This adds about 1 hour to the estimated drive
time, but the stress level can be significantly lower.
Map of Hastings Natural History Reservation
Sketch Map of Hastings Buildings
north of the reserve:
- In Salinas, exit
Highway 101 onto Sanborn Road (right) and turn right. Sanborn Road (0.7
mi) becomes Blanco Road (1.6 mi.). Turn left on Main Street (Hwy
68) and drive 8.5 miles.
- Turn left on Laureles Grade. There is a fire station at the corner
of Laureles Grade and Highway 68. Drive on Laureles Grade, up and over
Sierra de Salinas (big hill), to dead end.
- Turn left on Carmel
Valley Road. Drive to mile marker 26, southeast along Carmel Valley
At mile marker 12-13, Carmel Valley village
offers the last gas and grocery stores. Note that miles are marked
by small, green, metal signs. At mile marker 26, veer left on Martin
enter at green electric gate. Call the reserve headquarters from brown
control box with metal door on a pedestal. Or, if you have written
called ahead for gate entry code, type in that code now. Include the
* and enter code slowly. When you get through the gate, cross the
and turn left just past the bridge, before the mail boxes. You will
enter on the left at awooden gate. Do not go past the mail boxes.
the signs at each junction of this entry lane. See: Map
of Hastings Roads/Buildings
From south of the reserve:
- Drive north on Highway 101 until you reach Greenfield. Exit to Arroyo
Seco via Elm Ave. Drive to first light and turn left on Elm Avenue.
Drive about 5.3 miles to Green Bridge and find Arroyo Seco Road after
- Turn left on Arroyo Seco Road. Drive 5.5 miles on Arroyo Seco Road.Look
for turn to right to Carmel Valley Road.
- Turn right onto Carmel Valley Road, check your odometer, and drive
exactly 15 miles. Martin Road will be on your right, but it is difficult
- Turn right at the large sycamore tree onto Martin Rd. The street sign
for Martin Rd. is brown and mounted on a steel post. Enter through the
green electric gate, as described above.
* In wintertime, when the Salinas River is flowing, you may be
forced to detour. If so, turn left at detour, drive to dead end, then
turn right onto Highway 68 which has a large 4-lane bridge over the Salinas
River. Continue on 68, passing over Reservation Road.
Hastings Natural History Reservation,
38601 East Carmel Valley Rd., Carmel Valley, CA 93924;
office phone (831) 659-2664; fax (831) 659-0148