Disclaimer: This visit was in 2007...fort security procedures may have changed since then...
Jolon (see part 1 of this series) is the main gateway to Fort Hunter Liggett (FHL). Indeed, technically, Jolon's few remaining structures are on ground owned by FHL, though outside the security gate.
FHL (named after General Hunter Liggett), is primarily used as a training facility, where activities such as field maneuvers and live fire exercises are performed (see part 4 of this series for more detail).
The fort is on land sold to the government by William Randolph Hearst in 1940, including Jolon's ruins, and roughly midway between the northern and southern ends of Jolon Road. The base is quiet and almost appears deserted unless training is going on. You will need a driver’s license, insurance card, and vehicle registration to get through the Fort’s gate. Don't let the look of the main gate frighten you, security is a breeze (at least of the late 2000's). The gate shown below was only added around 2005.
|Picture of FHL's Jolon Main Gate (From Magicvalley.com)|
Although during the years I was exploring this area, I saw fairly good reviews of the Hacienda's food, I had never eaten there. During an October, 2007 visit, which I am pretty sure was my last, I was ready to give the restaurant a try, but the restaurant portion was closed for business; though the hotel portion was open. The restaurant was still reportedly closed as recently as 2011.
|Portion of Mission Revival Style Hacienda Hotel (including arched entries and arcade to the left)|
|Portion of Hacienda Hotel (detail)|
|Public Domain Panorama of Hacienda Hotel|
|Lunch View of Junipero Sera Peak Rising Above Mission San Antonio|