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Hurricane Deck Trail - Los Padres National Forest
Trail Distance 13.91 Miles

The Hurricane Deck Trail was constructed in the 1930's. The trail starts near the Manzana Schoolhouse on the Sisquoc Trail (30W12) and after climbing to the crest of the Hurricane Deck, the trail follows along the crest of the deck until it ends at White Ledge Camp on the Manzana Trail (30W13). No water is available for the entire length of the trail and brush has covered the trail in many places.

Trail Details

  • Trail #: 30W14
  • Wilderness Area: San Rafael
  • County: Santa Barbara County
  • Ranger District: Santa Lucia Ranger District
  • Trail-head Latitude: 34.8255
  • Trail-head Longitude: -119.99197
  • Water Sources: No Water Available
  • Trail Condition: Bad - Trail may require some bushwhacking and/or searching for markers due to potential sub standard trail conditions
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  • Activities & Features:
    • Backpacking
    • Panoramic Views
    • Wildlife Viewing
    • Wilderness Camping



Trail Stats

  • Total Elevation Gain: + 807 feet.
  • Total Elevation Loss: - 1789 feet.
  • Overall Average Slope Gain: + 12 %.
  • Overall Average Slope Loss: - 16 %.
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Survey Photos:


  • Los Padres Forest Association - 11-01-2014

  • Los Padres Forest Association - 11-01-2014

  • Los Padres Forest Association - 11-01-2014

  • Los Padres Forest Association - 11-01-2014

  • Los Padres Forest Association - 11-01-2014

  • Julie - 05-17-2015

  • Julie - 05-17-2015

  • LPFA : Bard - 11-20-2015

  • LPFA : Bard - 12-18-2015

  • LPFA : Bard - 12-18-2015

  • Los Padres Forest Association - 03-08-2017

  • Los Padres Forest Association - 03-08-2017

  • Jim Blakley - 03-08-2017

  • Los Padres Forest Association - 03-25-2017

  • Jim Blakley - 04-08-2017

  • Jim Blakley - 04-08-2017

Submitted Trail Reports

Hurricane Deck Trail Survey - 04-19-2017 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Hurricane Deck Trail
Date: 04-19-2017
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:Good article in the SB Independent about the NIRA - White Ledge - Deck - Lost Valley Loop.
By Richie Demaria

http://www.independent.com/news/2017/apr/20/white-ledgehurricane-deck-loop-weekend-warrior/
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Hurricane Deck Trail Survey - 04-08-2017 - by Jim Blakley
Link: Hurricane Deck Trail
Date: 04-08-2017
Surveyor Name:Jim Blakley
Trail description:The trail has great views but is rather barren. Chaparral is still low after burning in Zaca Fire, but beginning to grow back thickly in spots.

About 2 miles west of the Potrero Trail junction the trail is lost in brush on a steep west-facing slope. Watch for the trail to switchback to south near top of slope. Follow this to the ridge to the south and then bushwhack straight down that ridge to the cut and flagged piece of trail at the bottom of the slope. This trail leads back north to where the trail continues west along the ridge top.

Further on, the trail enters an oak savanna and begins its final descent to the Sisquoc River. Here, the trail was hidden by lush grass in the upper, less steep part of the savanna.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Hard to follow
Condition details:A faint path is visible in open areas, but it is hard to follow to non-existent in two spots
Images:

East up trail with Bald Mountian

West along trail and out over Sisquoc
Hurricane Deck Trail Survey - 03-25-2017 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Hurricane Deck Trail
Date: 03-25-2017
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:A 6" goat trail has been cut across the slide 1-mile west of Lost Valley Trail along the Hurricane Deck Trail.  It remains sketchy to cross at best.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Hard to follow
Images:

Hurricane Deck Trail Survey - 03-08-2017 - by Jim Blakley
Link: Hurricane Deck Trail
Date: 03-08-2017
Surveyor Name:Jim Blakley
Trail description:The first 2 miles of trail west from White Ledge are relatively easy to follow although it is occasionally necessary to cast around a bit to find the trail. The terrain is mostly south facing and open, with brush encroaching at times. The trail is wide open for the half mile it is on the north face of hill 4101. After that it becomes quite brushy, with branches continually reaching across the trail. It isn't hard to get through, there are just a lot of branches to push aside.

West of the Lost Valley junction the trail is more open. However, it is completely impassible about 1 mile west of the junction, where it turns sharply north, crosses a saddle, and climbs a steep hill. Where the trail crossed the eastern face of this hill a landslide has carried away the tread leaving a shear drop down a hundreds of foot high cliff. The western side of the hill and the ridge between are also too steep and exposed, especially as they are composed of rotten shale, to allow safe passage.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Hard to follow
Condition details:White Ledge to Lost Valley passable, western 2 miles quite brushy, trail totally gone 1 mile west of Lost Valley Junction
Images:

Hill where slide carried away the trail
Hurricane Deck Trail Survey - 03-08-2017 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Hurricane Deck Trail
Date: 03-08-2017
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:Got two reports last week from different sides of the Deck.  Lets start from the west (Schoolhouse) and head east:

- George reported a large snarl of downed trees just as you start the Deck coming from the Sisquoc side, see photo below.  The rest of the trail out to Potrero was in good (normal) shape.

- Blakley reported that there is an impassable washout/slide located about 1mile west of the Lost Valley Trail on the Deck.  See photo below.  If you've hiked the Deck, you know this section.  It's been scary to cross for years now.  It would be nice to establish a way around the slide.  Careful if you head out there.  The rest of the Deck out to White Ledge is as usual, brushy but better than it has been.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Hard to follow
Images:

George Williams - 34.8250322,-119.9936887

photo Blakley
Hurricane Deck Trail Survey - 05-28-2016 - by Cameron D
Link: Hurricane Deck Trail
Date: 05-28-2016
Surveyor Name:Cameron D
Trail description:From the Manzana Schoolhouse, the first mile or so is overgrown but followable. Then small pieces of blue marker start appearing (occasionally) as the trail rapidly disappears. It was possible, but difficult, to follow and involved a lot of backtracking, searching for markers or cut branches, and "feeling" the tread with hiking poles. I was hoping the brush would thin and the trail would become more obvious near the top, but no such luck. I followed the trail to where it seemed to wrap around the finger of the ridge a bit and leveled off; I'm not sure if it was the top of the main ridge or a sub ridge.

Worse than the trail finding were the fox tails or whatever type of grass has the small spiky seeds. I gave up clearing them within the first few minutes on the trail. By the time I got back down my feet resembled a porcupine turned inside out. I had to cut the mesh on my shoes just to get all of them out and they sliced up my ankles. Wear shoes with no mesh if you want to try the trail!
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Hard to follow
Condition details:Very difficult & time consuming to follow. Hardly passible (if at all)
Hurricane Deck Trail Survey - 02-27-2016 - by Steve Cypher
Link: Hurricane Deck Trail
Date: 02-27-2016
Surveyor Name:Steve Cypher
Trail description:Hiked the middle portion of the Deck from Potrero to Lost valley Trails. This was the first time I've done this hike when there was a tread with footprints to follow. Hardy individuals have been lopping the brushy parts, and I wasn't even bleeding when I got to the end. Still a very challenging hike with several opportunities to get off trail.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:Not as epically brutal as it used to be.
Hurricane Deck Trail Survey - 12-18-2015 - by LPFA : Bard
Link: Hurricane Deck Trail
Date: 12-18-2015
Surveyor Name:LPFA : Bard
Trail description:RAIN!  Forecasted, and meterologists were correct.

No water problem on this HD trip.

Cold, had to keep moving.  Hiked in the clouds, fun, but limited views.

Trail tread easy to follow.  Muddy/slippery after continuous rain squalls.

Slept in rain, ate in rain, hiked in rain.

AWESOME trip!
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:H.D. Trail from Portrero to Sisquoc River
Images:


Hurricane Deck Trail Survey - 11-20-2015 - by LPFA : Bard
Link: Hurricane Deck Trail
Date: 11-20-2015
Surveyor Name:LPFA : Bard
Trail description:No Water!  Ever.

Trail tread easy to follow.  Thanks for trail ribbon markers.  Lost trail a few times, got down on the ground and looked for saw cuts on chapparal.  Not easy to do with a 4 day backpack loaded with H20.

Unreal views with clear air.

Strong commitment with friends.  Safe trip.

Spring on Lost Valley Trail; murky
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:H.D. Trail from White Ledge to Lost Valley
Images:

Hurricane Deck Trail Survey - 10-30-2015 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Hurricane Deck Trail
Date: 10-30-2015
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:
SECTION FROM POTRERO TO MANZANA SCHOOLHOUSE
Report from BQJ:

Trail disappears for about 1/8 mile at midway spot. Flagging provides some direction here but brush work needed to reestablish trail route. One steep section close to Potrero Trail could stand to be rerouted to avoid excessive erosion (not sure if this is allowed). Switchbacks down into the river valley are fairly clear but some treadwork may be helpful in spots.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Hurricane Deck Trail Survey - 05-17-2015 - by Julie
Link: Hurricane Deck Trail
Date: 05-17-2015
Surveyor Name:Julie
Trail description:Hiked from Nira to White Ledge along Manzana Trail. Next day hiked Hurricane Deck to Lost Valley trail back to Nira. Water in Manzana Creek up to Big Spruce turn off, then only standing water to White Ledge.
The first 2 miles of Hurricane deck were clear and easy to follow. The last last 1-2 miles was very overgrown and not well marked - to the point I contemplated whether I was on an actual trail any longer. No water along this whole section.
Lost valley trail in good condition. No water along here either.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Images:

King Snake along Manzana Creek

White Ledge Camp
Hurricane Deck Trail Survey - 12-22-2014 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Hurricane Deck Trail
Date: 12-22-2014
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Trail description:Beautiful hike.  Trail easy to follow.  Bummer that someone had ridden a Mountain Bike on the Portrero Trail and left deep tire ruts.
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Condition details:Great trip in excellent weather
Hurricane Deck Trail Survey - 12-26-2014 - by Andrew Jackman
Link: Hurricane Deck Trail
Date: 12-26-2014
Surveyor Name:Andrew Jackman
Trail description:Hiked the White Ledge Loop up through the Manzana River Trail to White Ledge, and then over the Hurricane Deck to the Lost Valley Trail and back down to Nira. Plenty of water all the way to White Ledge. The Hurricane Deck was passable, although waterless, and you will have to push through lots of brush. Recommend loppers for this portion. Lost Valley Trail was very clear and easy to follow with plenty of water. Overall it was a very pleasant hike!
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Hurricane Deck Trail Survey - 11-01-2014 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Hurricane Deck Trail
Date: 11-01-2014
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:
EASTERN DECK
Report from Curt Cragg

The brush tunnel at the east end of the deck heading down toward White Ledge is still a tunnel.  The transition to the trail heading into White Ledge was hard to find and needs some better marking and brush clean up.

In general the trail is hard but followable.  Expect to bushwhack excessively.

Photos by Toejam
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Hard to follow
Images:

Hurricane Deck tunnels

View from one of the openings


Coming down towards White Ledge

Great views up-canyon Sisquoc


Sign at White Ledge Camp junction
Hurricane Deck Trail Survey - 03-22-2014 - by Valerie Norton
Link: Hurricane Deck Trail
Date: 03-22-2014
Surveyor Name:Valerie Norton
Trail description:Hiked from White Ledge to Lost Valley. Some good views, once out of the high brush areas. In the high brush areas, the trail is a highly slanted leaf covered surface with a few branches across, but generally clear. Some cairns and old flagging is present, but not particularly required as any wrong turns will not get far in the brush.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:East Deck: some brushing needed, but generally surprisingly good on


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