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Manzana Narrows Camp South Los Padres National Forest

  • Camp Type: Wilderness Trail Camp
  • Topo Map Link: San Rafeal Mountain
  • Elevation: 2960 feet
  • Wilderness Area: San Rafael
  • County: Santa Barbara County
  • Ranger District: Santa Barbara Ranger District
  • Longitude: -119.8666806
  • Latitude: 34.73803197
  • Water Sources: Mazana Creek - Water can be usually found at this point of the creek
  • Length of Stay: 14 Days
  • Reservations: Wilderness Trail Camp
  • Activities & Features:
    • Camping
    • Wilderness-Camping

Recent Water Reports:

Date Surveyor Water Report
05-22-2017Ryan CheneyFlowing
04-22-2017Benjamin YoungbloodFlowing
01-01-2017Shaddus MaximusFlowing
11-15-2016Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
10-17-2016Anonymous SurveyorTrickle
07-13-2016Nick DincelliStagnant
06-15-2016Amanda GrandfieldFlowing
04-01-2016Sonia ConnorsFlowing
03-13-2016CJFlowing
02-12-2016Bryan GordonFlowing
01-16-2016flynnFlowing
01-01-2016Shaddus Maximus Trickle
10-04-2015Jasonn BeckstrandTrickle
07-19-2015James WapotichTrickle
05-03-2015Paul CronshawFlowing
12-07-2014Aaron and Tom SongerTrickle
11/25/2014Paul "The Beeman" CronshawFlowing
11-25-2014Paul "The Beeman" CronshawFlowing
10-27-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationTrickle
09-27-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
05-24-2014Matty CalFlowing
03-29-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationTrickle
Photo: Paul "The Beeman" Cronshaw
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Description:

A small trail camp located 7 Miles up stream from Nira Camp via the Manzana Trail (30w13) in the San Rafael Wilderness.

Survey Photos:


  • Paul "The Beeman" Cronshaw - 11-25-2014
    The Manzana Narrows waterfall and swimming pool

  • Paul "The Beeman" Cronshaw - 11-25-2014
    The Manzana Narrows Camp

  • Paul Cronshaw - 05-03-2015
    Upper campsite

  • Paul Cronshaw - 05-03-2015
    Toilet

  • Jasonn Beckstrand - 10-04-2015
    Main pool

  • Jasonn Beckstrand - 10-04-2015
    main pool close up

  • Jasonn Beckstrand - 10-04-2015
    flowing downstream, this is just at the end of camp

  • Jasonn Beckstrand - 10-04-2015
    more downstream flow

  • Sonia Connors - 04-01-2016

  • Amanda Grandfield - 06-15-2016

Submitted Camp Reports

Manzana Narrows Camp Survey - 05-22-2017 - by Ryan Cheney
Link: Manzana Narrows Camp
Date: 05-22-2017
Surveyor Name:Ryan Cheney
Camp Description:Camp in good condition. Toilet is full, ticks on the lid and bees living inside. Creek had a strong flow.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Strong Flow
Weather Conditions:90 and sunny
Manzana Narrows Camp Survey - 04-22-2017 - by Benjamin Youngblood
Link: Manzana Narrows Camp
Date: 04-22-2017
Surveyor Name:Benjamin Youngblood
Camp Description:Always a great camp site after a nice hike up there. The water is some of the most refreshing water I've visited. The camp was clean and had about one of the five spots left. this camp is popular so it is highly recommended you get there earlier rather than later.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Water head a steady stream with more than enough to either wash up or resupply.
Weather Conditions:78 with clear skys
Manzana Narrows Camp Survey - 01-01-2017 - by Shaddus Maximus
Link: Manzana Narrows Camp
Date: 01-01-2017
Surveyor Name:Shaddus Maximus
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Manzana Narrows Camp Survey - 11-15-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Manzana Narrows Camp
Date: 11-15-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:Manzana Creek is slightly flowing from Manzana Narrows down 3-4 crossing from there, best water at Manzana Narrows.  There is also a trickle of water at the springs above the switchbacks near the Alcove.

Report by LGomes
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Manzana Narrows Camp Survey - 10-17-2016 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Manzana Narrows Camp
Date: 10-17-2016
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:Not much flow but adequate supply for drinking.
Weather Conditions:
Manzana Narrows Camp Survey - 07-13-2016 - by Nick Dincelli
Link: Manzana Narrows Camp
Date: 07-13-2016
Surveyor Name:Nick Dincelli
Camp Description:There's no visible water trickling into the pool and it's now starting to fill with forest debris and algae. There's a tiny trickle below the pool but I'd guess this will be gone in 2-3 weeks. 

Someone painted a fake petroglyph on one of the big rocks in the middle of camp. It's better than graffiti but still lame. They actually took some time on it. 

Insanely hot back there right now and didn't see a soul. 


Water Source:Stagnant
Water Source Details:Pool Stagnant / tiny trickle just below
Weather Conditions:INSANELY HOT
Manzana Narrows Camp Survey - 06-15-2016 - by Amanda Grandfield
Link: Manzana Narrows Camp
Date: 06-15-2016
Surveyor Name:Amanda Grandfield
Camp Description:Only one of the two small waterfalls above the pool is still flowing.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Images:

Manzana Narrows Camp Survey - 04-01-2016 - by Sonia Connors
Link: Manzana Narrows Camp
Date: 04-01-2016
Surveyor Name:Sonia Connors
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Images:

Manzana Narrows Camp Survey - 03-13-2016 - by CJ
Link: Manzana Narrows Camp
Date: 03-13-2016
Surveyor Name:CJ
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Brisk flow and nice double waterfall, with 5' deep wading pool.
Weather Conditions:
Manzana Narrows Camp Survey - 02-12-2016 - by Bryan Gordon
Link: Manzana Narrows Camp
Date: 02-12-2016
Surveyor Name:Bryan Gordon
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Manzana Narrows Camp Survey - 01-16-2016 - by flynn
Link: Manzana Narrows Camp
Date: 01-16-2016
Surveyor Name:flynn
Camp Description:relly nice trail and campsites! thanx for all who maintain these trails and camps!
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:good water flow all the way up the canyon
Weather Conditions:perfect weather. not too cold at night.
Manzana Narrows Camp Survey - 01-01-2016 - by Shaddus Maximus
Link: Manzana Narrows Camp
Date: 01-01-2016
Surveyor Name:Shaddus Maximus
Camp Description:
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Manzana Narrows Camp Survey - 10-04-2015 - by Jasonn Beckstrand
Link: Manzana Narrows Camp
Date: 10-04-2015
Surveyor Name:Jasonn Beckstrand
Camp Description:Above the main pool not water is found.  All underground.

Pool is full, not stagnant, but starting to grow more moss.

Below the pool low flowing water can be found.  Better for filtering than at the main pool
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:Main pool is full but no visible water flowing in. Down stream low flowing water can be found
Weather Conditions:
Images:

Main pool

main pool close up


flowing downstream, this is just at the end of camp

more downstream flow
Manzana Narrows Camp Survey - 07-19-2015 - by James Wapotich
Link: Manzana Narrows Camp
Date: 07-19-2015
Surveyor Name:James Wapotich
Camp Description:
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:Water at the pool not moving, good flow just downstream, as well as in places between Manzana Camp and Manzana Narrows. Standing water at Ray's Camp
Weather Conditions:
Manzana Narrows Camp Survey - 05-03-2015 - by Paul Cronshaw
Link: Manzana Narrows Camp
Date: 05-03-2015
Surveyor Name:Paul Cronshaw
Camp Description:3 tables, 4 fire rings, one shovel and McCleod,  Performed maintenance on toilet (needs to be relocated to new site). 
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Pool is clean, small water fall flow.
Weather Conditions:
Images:

Upper campsite

Toilet
Manzana Narrows Camp Survey - 12-07-2014 - by Aaron and Tom Songer
Link: Manzana Narrows Camp
Date: 12-07-2014
Surveyor Name:Aaron and Tom Songer
Camp Description:Day hike from Nira to Manzana Narrows with warm temperatures for December. The ground was wet all around and there were signs of flowing in streams, probably from the last storm. All campsites looked great, but there was some trash left behind.
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:Trickling throughout small pools at Narrows, no water downstream
Weather Conditions:Sunny in the high 60s
Manzana Narrows Camp Survey - 11/25/2014 - by Paul "The Beeman" Cronshaw
Link: Manzana Narrows Camp
Date: 11/25/2014
Surveyor Name:Paul "The Beeman" Cronshaw
Camp Description:This camp is a great destination for an overnighter from Nira. ?I have seen a boy scout troop with 12 backpackers camped here. There is a new table that was packed in as part of an Eagle Scout Project. The old table remains but it is unsafe for sitting; makes for a great structure to use as a table for sorting gear and preparing a meal standing up. ?There is shovel and one fire ring with grate. Across the trail is another campsite with fire ring and grate.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Dry at campsite but flowing a short walk upstream in creek bed
Weather Conditions:Sunny and unseasonably warm for November
Manzana Narrows Camp Survey - 11-25-2014 - by Paul "The Beeman" Cronshaw
Link: Manzana Narrows Camp
Date: 11-25-2014
Surveyor Name:Paul "The Beeman" Cronshaw
Camp Description:A favorite destination for an overnight weekend backpacking trip. 7 miles from Nira trailhead. Lots of shade for a summer trip, but can get cold in the wintertime.

Camp has 4 metal grated fire rings that mark the 4 campsites, three tables, one fire shovel and one McCleod. There is a toilet at the far end of the camp, accessible up a steep slope on the right side of the trail.

Favorite day hikes can be taken up the switchbacks to Alcove Camp and Falls, or Big Cone Spruce Camp.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:No waterfall flowing into large pool. Water is flowing near entrance to camp.
Weather Conditions:Sunny and unseasonably warm for November
Images:

The Manzana Narrows waterfall and swimming pool

The Manzana Narrows Camp
Manzana Narrows Camp Survey - 10-27-2014 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Manzana Narrows Camp
Date: 10-27-2014
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:Pools at the Narrows, but very very little.  Information from:
http://songsofthewilderness.wordpress.com/
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Manzana Narrows Camp Survey - 09-27-2014 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Manzana Narrows Camp
Date: 09-27-2014
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Flowing nicely......
Weather Conditions:
Manzana Narrows Camp Survey - 05-24-2014 - by Matty Cal
Link: Manzana Narrows Camp
Date: 05-24-2014
Surveyor Name:Matty Cal
Camp Description:May 24-25,2014 Large campsite was clean and quiet with AMPLE water flowing through. Started at Nira with Lunch at Ray's camp. Incredible array of native plants in bloom with subtle, yet spectacular wildflowers showing. Very exciting! Fire restrictions are in effect in the back country area. Fly's were present, but not a problem. No mosquitos. Fair amount of Poison Oak. Ticks present, but not overwhelming.I encountered 4 Wilderness Rangers/Volunteers along the way. All were very helpful and I was presented with a Los Padres Ranger business card each time. "use it or lose it" says "The Beeman" Border Collie was happy with the available water to splash in, as was I. Waterfall swimming hole was icing on the cake.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Clear water flowing at Manzana Narrow, several deep pools were a welcoming sight. Easy to filter, and ample from Ray's Camp to Manzana Narrows
Weather Conditions:
Manzana Narrows Camp Survey - 03-29-2014 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Manzana Narrows Camp
Date: 03-29-2014
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:No 'falls' at Manzana Narrows, but the deep pool there has water of passable quality.
Weather Conditions:

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