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Manzana Camp South Los Padres National Forest

  • Camp Type: Wilderness Trail Camp
  • Topo Map Link: San Rafeal Mountain
  • Elevation: 2800 feet
  • Wilderness Area: San Rafael
  • County: Santa Barbara County
  • Ranger District: Santa Lucia Ranger District
  • Longitude: -119.8743929
  • Latitude: 34.73516519
  • Water Sources: Mazana Creek - Water can be usually found at this point of the creek
  • Length of Stay: 14 Days
  • Reservations: Wilderness Trail Camp

Recent Water Reports:

Date Surveyor Water Report
10-08-2017CahikerchickFlowing
04-02-2017M SchlessFlowing
02-13-2017Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
01-01-2017Shaddus MaximusFlowing
10-17-2016Anonymous SurveyorDry
07-13-2016Nick DincelliDry
06-15-2016Amanda GrandfieldFlowing
01-01-2016Shaddus Maximus Flowing
12-18-2015Anonymous SurveyorTrickle
11-27-2015Daniel J. HallDry
10-04-2015Jasonn BeckstrandDry
07-19-2015James WapotichDry
06-18-2015Los Padres Forest AssociationDry
05-03-2015Paul CronshawFlowing
04-23-2015M. JonesFlowing
11-26-2014Shaddus Maximus Trickle
10-18-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationTrickle
05-24-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing

Description:

A small trail camp located 6 Miles up stream from Nira Camp via the Manzana Trail (30w13) in the San Rafael Wilderness.

Survey Photos:


  • M. Jones - 04-23-2015
    Manzana Camp

  • M. Jones - 04-23-2015
    Water supply at camp

  • M. Jones - 04-23-2015
    View down to Manzana creek camp from trail

  • Paul Cronshaw - 05-03-2015
    Manzana Campsite

  • Jasonn Beckstrand - 10-04-2015
    Manzana Camp

  • Jasonn Beckstrand - 10-04-2015
    Dry creek next to camp

  • Los Padres Forest Association - 02-13-2017
    Photo Bard

Submitted Camp Reports

Manzana Camp Survey - 10-08-2017 - by Cahikerchick
Link: Manzana Camp
Date: 10-08-2017
Surveyor Name:Cahikerchick
Camp Description:hiked thru here yesterday.  plenty of water running from Ray's Camp up to Manzana Narrows.  
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Manzana Camp Survey - 04-02-2017 - by M Schless
Link: Manzana Camp
Date: 04-02-2017
Surveyor Name:M Schless
Camp Description:Really good flow up and down Manzana from Nira through the Narrows. Camped overnight here at Manzana. Lots of water, lots of bugs, trail has some poison oak.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Manzana Camp Survey - 02-13-2017 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Manzana Camp
Date: 02-13-2017
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:Hip deep at some crossings.  The 2017 storms caused an oak tree/branch to fall across the upper table.  Report by Bard of Goleta.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:COLD and WINDY, between storms, some rain.
Images:

Photo Bard
Manzana Camp Survey - 01-01-2017 - by Shaddus Maximus
Link: Manzana Camp
Date: 01-01-2017
Surveyor Name:Shaddus Maximus
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Manzana Camp Survey - 10-17-2016 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Manzana Camp
Date: 10-17-2016
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:There is no waterflow at this camp but Manzana Creek is flowing about a mile East of camp.
Weather Conditions:
Manzana Camp Survey - 07-13-2016 - by Nick Dincelli
Link: Manzana Camp
Date: 07-13-2016
Surveyor Name:Nick Dincelli
Camp Description:Site had some left overs from the last group (hat, plastic water container), but the biggest disappointment was that some jerk took a #2 right in the middle of the river bed / main Manzana pool. Feces and toilet paper in plain view so we can all drink it next time it rains. 

These people should be banned from reproducing. 
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:No water whatsoever. Bone dry.
Weather Conditions:Insanely HOT
Manzana Camp Survey - 06-15-2016 - by Amanda Grandfield
Link: Manzana Camp
Date: 06-15-2016
Surveyor Name:Amanda Grandfield
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Manzana Camp Survey - 01-01-2016 - by Shaddus Maximus
Link: Manzana Camp
Date: 01-01-2016
Surveyor Name:Shaddus Maximus
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Manzana Camp Survey - 12-18-2015 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Manzana Camp
Date: 12-18-2015
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:Nice camp. Water flowing well at Ray's camp and at the Narrows but not here. Walk upstream to find some good flow. Wind was harsh as it whips through the canyon but otherwise a beautiful place to camp! Good for a group and far less busy than the narrows camp. Would recommend! 
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:Barely flowing at camp but flowing well a few hundred yards upstream.
Weather Conditions:Cold and windy, some rain.
Manzana Camp Survey - 11-27-2015 - by Daniel J. Hall
Link: Manzana Camp
Date: 11-27-2015
Surveyor Name:Daniel J. Hall
Camp Description:
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:large, drinkable pools about 130 feet upstream
Weather Conditions:
Manzana Camp Survey - 10-04-2015 - by Jasonn Beckstrand
Link: Manzana Camp
Date: 10-04-2015
Surveyor Name:Jasonn Beckstrand
Camp Description:
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:No water at the camp. Must hike up towards Manzana Narrows to find water. Almost 1/2 way
Weather Conditions:
Images:

Manzana Camp

Dry creek next to camp
Manzana Camp Survey - 07-19-2015 - by James Wapotich
Link: Manzana Camp
Date: 07-19-2015
Surveyor Name:James Wapotich
Camp Description:
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Manzana Camp Survey - 06-18-2015 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Manzana Camp
Date: 06-18-2015
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:DRY!

As reported by Dan McCaslin on a recent Noozhawk article:
https://www.noozhawk.com/article/dan_mccaslin_manzana_camp_backpacking_fiasco
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Manzana Camp Survey - 05-03-2015 - by Paul Cronshaw
Link: Manzana Camp
Date: 05-03-2015
Surveyor Name:Paul Cronshaw
Camp Description:Two tables, metal fire ring, and shovel in good condition. Fire pit needs cleaning.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:6-12 inches deep
Weather Conditions:
Images:

Manzana Campsite
Manzana Camp Survey - 04-23-2015 - by M. Jones
Link: Manzana Camp
Date: 04-23-2015
Surveyor Name:M. Jones
Camp Description:

Historic notes:

One of the three camps named, at least in part, after the canyon in which they are located, Manzana means “apple” in Spanish. It is reported that the areas was named in the 1870’s because of a large apple orchard there*. On the other hand, it perhaps derived its name from one of the flora growing there, such as the Manzanita (meaning little apple in Spanish) which bear fruit small every year (Don’t eat them).

*Manzana camp was originally located where NIRA campground is today, Manzana camp was relocated, six miles upstream when NIRA was constructed in 1937.  (Burtness, Robert 1981)

Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Good flow, cold clear water
Weather Conditions:65* and sunny
Images:

Manzana Camp

Water supply at camp


View down to Manzana creek camp from trail
Manzana Camp Survey - 11-26-2014 - by Shaddus Maximus
Link: Manzana Camp
Date: 11-26-2014
Surveyor Name:Shaddus Maximus
Camp Description:Clear pools of water with slight trickle just north of Manzana camp.
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:Clear pools of water with slight trickle just north of Manzana camp.
Weather Conditions:
Manzana Camp Survey - 10-18-2014 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Manzana Camp
Date: 10-18-2014
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:No water at the camp but there is water about halfway between Manzana and Manzana Narrows Camp.

Information gleaned from:
http://songsofthewilderness.wordpress.com/
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Manzana Camp Survey - 05-24-2014 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Manzana Camp
Date: 05-24-2014
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Low but flowing.
Weather Conditions:

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