Description - The Hollister Field Office area encompasses approximately 315,000 acres of public lands located in central California. The lands are bounded by the Pacific Ocean on the west and the San Joaquin Valley to the east, with an elevation range from nearly sea level to over 5,000 feet. Varied landforms include the Central Coast Range, the Salinas and San Joaquin Valleys and three major watersheds including the Pajaro draining into the Pacific Ocean, and the Arroyo Pasajaro and Silver Creek that drain east to the San Joaquin Valley.
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Hiking Along the River
- Scattered throughout the Central Coast region of California, the Hollister BLM Field Office oversees lands that are open to a variety of recreational pursuits. Seven wilderness study areas ranging in size from the Black Butte Rare II Continguous at 40 acres to Panoche Hills South at over 11,000 acres may be explored for a variety of recreational pursuits including bird watching and nature study. There are very few miles of built hiking trails in this BLM resource area, with the exception of the large network of trails available at Fort Ord and along the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail. On the Fort Ord Public Lands, eleven miles of the trail wind through maritime chaparral, oak woodland, and open grasslands. An exceptional OHV experience awaits in the rugged Clear Creek Management Area. Thousands of acres and many miles of roads and trails are available to the hardy OHV enthusiast. Additionally, there are six staging areas and one campground inside the Clear Creek Management Area. On any given day you may see rock hounds, OHV enthusiasts, miners, hikers, hunters, wildlife watchers, and others sharing the same area.
Recreation - Recreational opportunities in this area include camping, hunting, target shooting, OHV use, rock hounding, multi-use trails, wildlife viewing and wildflower viewing.
Climate - Climate in the Central Coast varies greatly with elevation and the amount of coastal influence. Areas with more coastal influence experience moderate temperatures year round with fog likely from June through mid-August. Plan your coastal visit in the late summer or fall to ensure the best conditions for viewing the scenery. Also, occasional clear days between winter and spring storms are incomparable. Areas further inland experience greater temperature extremes, with relatively cooler winters and hot summers. Inland areas often receive frost on winter nights. As throughout most of California most of the precipitation comes in the winter months, with April through October normally very dry.
The Hollister Field Office is located along the Central Coast, south of San Francisco.