Mining Ridge: Rainiest Spot in Central California

December 3, 2012


Clearing storm: Summit of Cone Peak; just south of Mining Ridge

Storms generally weaken as they move south, dropping more rain north of the Golden Gate and in the Santa Cruz Mountains than in Monterey County. But Big Sur’s Coast Ridge is an exception. Rising directly from the ocean to over 5,000 feet at Cone Peak, the Coast Ridge forms a high wall, lifting clouds and wringing an incredible amount of moisture out of passing storms. Read the rest of this entry »