RAF California Ambassador Jeremy Lezin reports that Las Trancas airstrip (17CL) on a bluff above the Pacific shore north of Monterey Bay “received a much-needed haircut” in early November. He and RAF supporters Barry Porter and Ken Locke-Paddon rented a large Kubota tractor and flail mower to chop down aggressive weeds and bushes surrounding the 800-ft airstrip. They filled in gopher holes and sprayed the ice plant. This invasive mat-like plant chokes out other native plants and alters the soil composition.

The RAF leases the airfield from owners Big Creek Lumber Company, with renewal terms to ensure its long-term preservation. Volunteers have taken on the task of maintaining it for public use and added a picnic table and portable toilet. Visitors can camp on the field, or for some separation from State Highway 1 can walk down the short trail to the seashore. 

See the Airfield Guide for more information, cautions about flying in proximity to the Monterey Marine Sanctuary, and a link to the required Safety Briefing.

As always, be mindful of others seeking quiet recreation in the vicinity.

Submitted on November 13, 2023
By Carmine Mowbray


  1. Chris Thomas on November 15, 2023 at 7:01 pm

    Love this strip. Often use it on my way back and forth from SOCAL to SF visiting a daughter. Apart from the fog that sometimes wins, its an amazing place, much because of how the people on the ground keep it. THANK YOU

  2. Brian Cilker on November 16, 2023 at 9:16 am

    Good job Jeremy! I’ll have to take the Kodiak over for a look!
    Brian Cilker N247TC

  3. Dale Friday on November 16, 2023 at 4:56 pm

    Nice job Jeremy, Barry & Ken!!

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