Hatton Canyon
Hatton Canyon is located in California
Hatton Canyon
Hatton Canyon
Carmel Valley Road
Hatton Canyon is located in the United States
Hatton Canyon
Hatton Canyon
Hatton Canyon (the United States)
CountryUnited States
Population centerCarmel Valley Village
Coordinates36°33′9″N 121°54′22″W / 36.55250°N 121.90611°W / 36.55250; -121.90611

Hatton Canyon is a canyon in Carmel Valley, California, United States, preserved for urban open space as a state park property. The canyon harbors Monterey pines and 10 acres (4.0 ha) of wetland.


Hatton Canyon is currently accessible to the public at Carmel Valley Road via a dirt trail at the mouth of Carmel Valley. Plans to pave the trail to allow bicycle access were set aside in 2009 due to concerns of some neighbors.[1]

The name Hatton Canyon came from William Hatton who became a successful dairy rancher, bought the west half of Rancho Cañada de la Segunda, gave his name to Hatton Canyon and to Hatton Fields on the west side of the highway.[2]

For decades it was under consideration as a possible site for a 2.8-mile-long (4.5 km) freeway to relieve traffic on a parallel stretch of Highway 1. However homeowners and environmentalists opposed the plan since its proposal in 1952, ultimately gaining major political support in the 1990s. In 2002 Governor Gray Davis signed legislation that officially transferred the property from CalTrans to California State Parks.[3]

See also


  1. ^ Agha, Laith (July 23, 2008). "Hatton Canyon residents split on bike path". Monterey Herald. Monterey, Calif. Retrieved February 8, 2023.
  2. ^ Jack Jarnegan (December 1974). "NOTICIAS del PUERTO de MONTEREY" (PDF). Monterey History and Art Association. Monterey, California. 18 (4). Retrieved February 8, 2023.
  3. ^ Chesky, Laurel (July 6, 2000). "A freeway won't run through it: New state budget kills Hatton Canyon Freeway--once and for all". Monterey County Weekly. Seaside, Calif. Retrieved May 24, 2009.