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Sep 17, 2013 The 50 wine tasting rooms on this map showcase the vineyards and wineries of the bucolic Carmel Valley and rugged Santa Lucia Highlands appellations, as well as Carmel-by-the-Sea, where so many of. Sep 23, 2020 Santa Lucia Highlands is a long, narrow AVA that runs down the western side of the Salinas Valley in Monterey, California.Oceanic influences from the cold Monterey Bay make the area suitable for the production of premium, cool-climate wines. 2019 Santa Lucia Highlands Enticing scents & flavors of Meyer lemon zest, honeysuckle and apricot. Purchase Learn More Video. 2018 Unoaked Chardonnay. The Santa Lucia Mountains or Santa Lucia Range is a rugged mountain range in coastal central California, running from Carmel southeast for 140 miles (230 km) to the Cuyama River in San Luis Obispo County. The range is never more than 11 miles (18 km) from the coast.: 11 The range forms the steepest coastal slope in the contiguous United States.

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Santa Lucia Range
November 2005 view from summit of Cone Peak, the highest coastal mountain in the lower 48 US states.
Highest point
PeakJunipero Serra Peak
Elevation5,857 ft (1,785 m)
location of Santa Lucia Range in California[1]
CountryUnited States
RegionMonterey County
San Luis Obispo County
Range coordinates36°3′3.861″N121°28′8.769″W / 36.05107250°N 121.46910250°WCoordinates: 36°3′3.861″N121°28′8.769″W / 36.05107250°N 121.46910250°W
Topo mapUSGS Cone Peak
Santa Lucias in the clouds, near Santa Margarita
Hearst Castle was built atop Cuesta Ridge, the first ridgeline in from the ocean in that part of the Santa Lucia range.
Tassajara Zen Mountain Center was built in the heart of the Santa Lucia range, in Monterey County.

The Santa Lucia Mountains or Santa Lucia Range is a rugged mountain range in coastal central California, running from Carmel southeast for 140 miles (230 km) to the Cuyama River in San Luis Obispo County. The range is never more than 11 miles (18 km) from the coast.[2]:11 The range forms the steepest coastal slope in the contiguous United States.[2]Cone Peak at 5,158 feet (1,572 m) tall and three miles (5 km) from the coast, is the highest peak in proximity to the ocean in the lower 48 United States.[3] The range was a barrier to exploring the coast of central California for early Spanish explorers.

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The Santa Lucia Mountains are part of the Outer South California Coast Ranges, in the Pacific Coast Ranges System. The coastal side of the range rises directly from the shoreline, with oceanfront ridges rising directly 4,000 to 5,000 feet (1,200 to 1,500 m) to the crest of the coastal range. The crest of the range is never more than 11 miles (18 km) from the coast.[2]:11 Cone Peak is the steepest coastal elevation in the contiguous United States,[3] rising nearly a mile (1,609 m) above sea level, only three miles (5 km) from the Pacific Ocean.

The range's northern section runs parallel to the southern section of the Diablo Range, part of the Inner South Coast Ranges, which lies to the east across the Salinas Valley. The range's highest summit is Junipero Serra Peak, 1,784 metres (5,853 ft) in Monterey County and the Los Padres National Forest.[4]

Major peaks[edit]

  • Junipero Serra Peak, 5,857 feet (1,785 m).[5]
  • Cone Peak, 5,158 feet (1,572 m).[6]
  • Ventana Double Cone, 4,856 feet (1,480 m).[7]
  • Mount Carmel, 4,420 feet (1,347 m).[8]

History and toponymy[edit]

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The first European to document the Santa Lucias was Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo in 1542 while sailing northward along the coast on a Spanish naval expedition. Cabrillo originally named the southern portion of the range the Sierras de San Martín, as he was passing the area on November 11, the feast day for Saint Martin. He named the northern part Sierras Nevadas because there was snow on it.[9]

The present name for the range was documented in 1602 by Sebastián Vizcaíno, who had been tasked by the Spanish to complete a detailed chart of the coast. Passing by the range around December 14, he named the range Sierra de Santa Lucia in honor of Saint Lucy of Syracuse, for whom many Christians celebrate a feast day on December 13.[9]

The first European land exploration of Alta California, the Spanish Portolá expedition, camped on the coast near Ragged Point in present-day San Luis Obispo County on September 13, 1769. The expedition was forced to bypass the inaccessible coast and travel inland through the San Antonio Valley. The rough trail required much improvement by the scouts, and it was September 24 before the party emerged from the mountains at the San Antonio River near today's settlement of Jolon.[10] They traveled north through the Salinas Valley before arriving at Monterey Bay, where they founded Monterey and named it their capital.[11]

Natural history[edit]


Like other Pacific Coast Ranges, the mountains' close proximity to the Pacific Ocean cause moisture to be deposited on the west-facing slopes, creating a suitable environment for conifers. This creates a rain shadow over Salinas Valley to the east, which is considerably drier. The higher peaks receive some snowfall during the winter.

The climate is classified as dry summer subtropical, or Mediterranean. Rainfall varies from 16 to 60 inches (41 to 152 cm) throughout the range. Most of the precipitation falls during the winter on the higher mountains in the north. During the summer, fog and low clouds are frequent along the coast up to an elevation of 2–3,000 feet. Surface runoff from rainfall is rapid, and many streams dry up entirely in the summer, except for some perennial streams in the wetter areas in the north.[12]


The western slopes of the range facing the Pacific Ocean are moist with healthy forest growth; including coast redwood, Douglas fir, ponderosa pine, Pacific madrone and the local endemicsSanta Lucia fir(Abies bracteata) and Gowen cypress(Cupressus goveniana var. goveniana). The east side is drier, with chaparral and open woods of pine (including Coulter pine and gray pine) and oak woodlands of several Quercus species.

These mountains are home to the southernmost native stands of coast redwood trees, since the climate gets drier towards the south. This range is the only known habitat of the Vortriede's spineflower.


The rock of the Santa Lucias is dominated by granitic basement of the Salinian Block, between the San Andreas Fault and Sur-Nacimiento Fault. The core of the Salinian block formed as part of the same batholith which forms the core of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and the Peninsular Ranges of Baja California. It was separated from the North American Plate and transported north by the action of the San Andreas Fault from an original position. It is predominantly Mesozoic granitic and pre-Cretaceousmetamorphic rocks. There is some Cretaceous sedimentary rock of the Great Valley Sequence, considerable Miocene marine sediments, and some other Cenozoic sediments. Units west of the Sur-Nacimiento Fault are dominated by rocks of the Franciscan Assemblage.

The basement rocks of the Santa Lucia Range contain Mesozoic Franciscan and Salinian Block rocks.[13] The Franciscan complex is composed of greywacke sandstone and greenstone, with serpentinite bodies and other Ultramafic rocks present. Small areas of marble and limestone lenses form resistant outcrops that are prominent landscape features, often white to light gray in color. The Salinian block is made up of highly fractured, and deeply weathered meta-sediments, especially biotite schist and gneiss, intruded by plutonic (granitic) rocks such as quartz diorite and granodiorite. Both formations have been disrupted and tectonically slivered by motion on the San Andreas and associated fault systems. The Palo Colorado and Church Creek faults are prominent features influencing the linear northwest–southeast alignment of primary drainages.[13]

The Palo Colorado-San Gregorio fault system transitions onshore at Doud Creek, about 7 miles (11 km) south of Point Lobos,[14] exposing the western edge of the Salinian block. Stream canyons frequently follow the north-westerly trending fault lines, rather than descending directly to the coast. The Salinian block is immediately south of the Monterey Submarine Canyon, one of the largest submarine canyon systems in the world, which is believed to have been an ancient outlet for the Colorado River.[14]:14

The region is also traversed by the Sur-Hill fault, which is noticeable at Pfeiffer Falls in Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. The 40 feet (12 m) waterfall were formed when the stream flowed over the hard gneiss of the Salinian block and encountered the softer Santa Margarita Sandstone. The falls were formed when the softer sandstone was worn away.[15]:325 The interior canyons are typically deep and narrow, and even in the summer sunshine only reaches many of the canyon bottoms for a few hours. The land is mostly steep, rocky, semi-arid except for the narrow canyons, and inaccessible. The Little Sur River canyon is characteristic of the Ventana Wilderness region: steep-sided, sharp-crested ridges separating valleys.[16] At the mouth of the Little Sur river are some of the largest sand dunes on the Big Sur coast.[15]:355

About 50 streams flow out of the mountains into the sea. A few of them, including the Big Sur and Little Sur Rivers, Big Creek, Garrapata Creek, and Salmon Creek, are large enough to support anadromous and resident fish.[17]:5


California State Route 1 runs along the Big Sur coast on the coastal slopes of the range, while U.S. Route 101 lies in the Salinas Valley to the East. The only road across the Santa Lucia Range is Nacimiento-Fergusson Road, connecting Lucia to Jolon.[18]

Contemporary history[edit]

Pacific Southwest Airlines Flight 1771 crashed in the mountains near Cayucos on December 7, 1987 after a gunman killed both pilots, causing the aircraft to crash. A total of 43 people were killed with no survivors.


The Santa Lucia Highlands AVA, an American Viticultural Area and producer of California wine, is located on the southeastern slopes of the mountains, above the Salinas valley.[19]


Like well known cousin Santa Ana winds or Sundowner of Santa Barbara, Santa Lucia's Cuesta Grade on Highway 101 has potential to produce some powerful katabatic winds, in 3 hours temperatures have been recorded to jump 40 degrees F towards 110 F.

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  1. ^'Santa Lucia Range'. Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2009-05-03.
  2. ^ abcBig Sur: Images of America, Jeff Norman, Big Sur Historical Society, Arcadia Publishing (2004), 128 pages, ISBN0-7385-2913-3
  3. ^ abMcKinney, John (1996), Walking California's Central Coast: A Day Hiker's Guide, HarperSanFrancisco, p. 128, ISBN9780062586360, Steepest coastal slope in the continental United States.
  4. ^'Junipero Serra Peak'. Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2009-05-03.
  5. ^'Santa Lucia'. NGS data sheet. U.S. National Geodetic Survey. Retrieved 2014-03-04.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^'Cone Peak, California'. Retrieved 2014-03-04.
  7. ^'Ventana Double Cone, California'. Retrieved 2014-03-04.
  8. ^'Mount Carmel, California'. Retrieved 2014-03-04.
  9. ^ abGudde, Erwin G. (1949). California Place Names. Berkeley, California: University of California Press. p. 316. ASINB000FMOPP4.
  10. ^Bolton, Herbert E. (1927). Fray Juan Crespi: Missionary Explorer on the Pacific Coast, 1769-1774. HathiTrust Digital Library. pp. 190–194. Retrieved September 7, 2016.
  11. ^Bolton, Herbert E. (1927). Fray Juan Crespi: Missionary Explorer on the Pacific Coast, 1769–1774. HathiTrust Digital Library. (This book also contains a translation of Crespi's diary from the Fages 1772 expedition.)
  12. ^'Santa Lucia Range ecological subregion information'. U.S Forest Service. Archived from the original on 2005-03-15. Retrieved 2014-02-22.
  13. ^ ab'DRAFT SOBERANES 2 BURNED AREA REPORT FS-2500-8'. USDA-FOREST SERVICE. October 20, 2016. Retrieved January 10, 2018.
  14. ^ abLeech, Mary (April 21–22, 2006). 'Geology of the California Central Coast'(PDF). Archived(PDF) from the original on 25 May 2017. Retrieved 26 September 2016.
  15. ^ abHenson, Paul; Donald J. Usner (1993). 'The Natural History of Big Sur'(PDF). University Of California Press. Archived from the original(PDF) on June 17, 2010. Retrieved 12 August 2016.
  16. ^'Pico Blanco Scout Reservation'(PDF). Monterey Bay Area Council, Boy Scouts of America. Archived(PDF) from the original on 3 January 2015. Retrieved 3 July 2013.
  17. ^'Big Sur Coast Land Use Plan'. Big Sur LCP. Monterey County Planning Department. 2015-04-04. Archived from the original on 2017-12-30. Retrieved 2017-12-30.
  18. ^Bisbort, Alan; Puterbaugh, Parke (2009), Moon California Beaches: The Best Places to Swim, Play, Eat, and Stay (4th ed.), Avalon Travel, p. 305, ISBN978-1-56691-614-1; Schulte-Peevers, Andrea (2003), California (3rd ed.), Lonely Planet, p. 665, ISBN978-1-86450-331-9.
  19. ^Fish, Tim (November 2, 2011), 'Navigating the Santa Lucia Highlands: California's mountainous Central Coast region is known for its distinctive Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays', Wine Spectator

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  • Los Padres National Forest — official Monterey Ranger District website — recreation maps, locations, and info.
  • Ventana Wilderness Alliance — dedicated to the protection, preservation, enhancement, and restoration of the wilderness qualities and biodiversity of the public lands within California's northern Santa Lucia Mountains.

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