Eastern Mojave Vegetation Old Hernandez Road  

Tom Schweich  

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Other articles:
• San Benito Lateral:   at Old Hernandez Rd.;
• Field Notes:  17-Apr-05;

Locations: San Benito.  

  • San Benito Lateral
    • West to California Highway 25, and
  • Willow Creek Road
    • North along the San Benito River to a dead end.

Full Size ImageFarm buildings remaining in San Benito.  

Full Size ImageLooking downstream (north) on the San Benito River, just south of the former townsite of San Benito, Old Hernandez Road.  
About 1.6 miles (2.0 km) east of the San Benito townsite, Old Hernandez Road climbs up onto a small bluff. From this vantage point we can look back toward the townsite. This photograph is looking down river. The pinkish trees along the river are tamarisk.

Other articles:
• Field Notes:  17-Apr-05 cold sulfur spring;
Full Size ImageCold sulfur spring along Old Hernandez Road, San Benito County, California.  

We saw this spring along side the road. Thinking it might be hot or warm, I walked up to check the water. However, the water was cold, even though it smelled moderately of sulfur.
  At about 4 miles, Old Hernandez Road fords the San Benito River. Thinking it should be an easy ford, we plunged in. However, about half way across there was a hole in the ford and the nose of the 4-Runner dropped down another foot. Fortunately, we made it through, but next time, I'll stop and get out and check the ford before proceeding.

Full Size ImageCows by the San Benito River on Old Hernandez Road.  
Just after fording the San Benito River, we came upon these cows.

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• Field Notes:  17-Apr-05 road closed;
Full Size Image"Road Closed" sign on Old Hernandez Road.  

At about 12 miles (15 km), we came upon this "Road Closed" sign. I suspect it relates somehow to the ford of the San Benito River. However, we did not see a similar sign at the other end of the road.

Full Size ImageThe south end of Old Hernandez Road, at Coalinga Road.  
At each end of Old Hernandez Road, the road is paved. The middle section is a very good dirt road.

Other articles:
• Coalinga Road:   at Old Hernandez Road;  

Junction: Coalinga Road
  • West to California Highway 25, or
  • East past Clear Creek Road to Los Gatos Road.
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Date and time this article was prepared: 6/16/2024 11:41:55 AM