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Manzana Schoolhouse Camp South Los Padres National Forest

  • Camp Type: Wilderness Trail Camp
  • Topo Map Link: Zaca Lake
  • Elevation: 1150 feet
  • Wilderness Area: San Rafael
  • County: Santa Barbara County
  • Ranger District: Santa Lucia Ranger District
  • Longitude: -119.9946286
  • Latitude: 34.8260205
  • Water Sources: Mazana Creek seasonal
  • Length of Stay: 14 Days
  • Reservations: Wilderness Trail Camp
  • Activities & Features:
    • Backpacking
    • Creek
    • Day-Hiking
    • Wildlife Viewing
    • Wilderness-Camping

Recent Water Reports:

Date Surveyor Water Report
05-24-2017Ryan CheneyFlowing
12-17-2016Matt DailyStagnant
05-28-2016Cameron DStagnant
05-21-2016JamesTrickle
05-13-2016Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
12-27-2015Anonymous SurveyorDry
12-27-2015JamesDry
09-25-2015Serhiy Petryshak Dry
05-22-2015Paul CronshawDry
04-11-2015Tim MolloyDry
04-11-2015M. JonesDry
03-07-2015Curt CraggDry
02-15-2015Will Dry
01-01-2015Anonymous SurveyorDry
10-27-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationDry
05-04-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationDry
04-20-2014Anonymous SurveyorDry

Description:

A small trail camp located about 8 Miles down stream from Nira Camp via the Manzana Trail (30w13) in the San Rafael Wilderness.

Survey Photos:


  • M. Jones - 04-11-2015

  • M. Jones - 04-11-2015

  • M. Jones - 04-11-2015

  • M. Jones - 04-11-2015

  • M. Jones - 04-11-2015
    Old Wells homestead

  • Paul Cronshaw - 05-22-2015
    Dead oak tree at main campsite

  • Serhiy Petryshak - 09-25-2015

Submitted Camp Reports

Manzana Schoolhouse Camp Survey - 05-24-2017 - by Ryan Cheney
Link: Manzana Schoolhouse Camp
Date: 05-24-2017
Surveyor Name:Ryan Cheney
Camp Description:Lots of good camp spots. Manzana Creek is flowing well.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Manzana Creek flowing with algae.
Weather Conditions:75 sunny
Manzana Schoolhouse Camp Survey - 12-17-2016 - by Matt Daily
Link: Manzana Schoolhouse Camp
Date: 12-17-2016
Surveyor Name:Matt Daily
Camp Description:
Water Source:Stagnant
Water Source Details:Trickling (nearly stagnant) near large gate just past Dabney cabin. Stagnant at crossing at Dabney. No water at schoolhouse camp itself.
Weather Conditions:
Manzana Schoolhouse Camp Survey - 05-28-2016 - by Cameron D
Link: Manzana Schoolhouse Camp
Date: 05-28-2016
Surveyor Name:Cameron D
Camp Description:River and creek near schoolhouse are dry. The crossing before the schoolhouse is also dry, save a small puddle which will be dry within days. Fill up at creek crossing a little ways (.5 mile?) before the last gate (or there's a small trickle just ~75 yards before the gate next to small campsite).

The trail to the Hurricane Deck is near impassible, see trail page. The trail up the Sisquoc river looked bad as well and I saw one group turn back.

There is however a seemingly brand new trail that forks from the trail to Sluice Box canyon right under the trees on the far side of wash that holds the Sisquoc. It heads steeply up the side of the valley before traversing to a couple of small oak trees and a great overlook up the Sisquoc valley and convergence with Manzana creek.
Water Source:Stagnant
Water Source Details:Near Dry Puddle
Weather Conditions:
Manzana Schoolhouse Camp Survey - 05-21-2016 - by James
Link: Manzana Schoolhouse Camp
Date: 05-21-2016
Surveyor Name:James
Camp Description:Fill up at the final crossing before reaching schoolhouse.  There is no other water.

A large oak tree is blocking the trail into camp.  Hikers can fit under it easily, but I do not think stock could get around it.
Water Source:Trickle
Water Source Details:Sisquoc Dry, Manzana dry after final crossing before schoolhouse
Weather Conditions:70s & sunny.
Manzana Schoolhouse Camp Survey - 05-13-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Manzana Schoolhouse Camp
Date: 05-13-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:The Sisquoc is dry below Water Cyn but Manzana is flowing through to the Schoolhouse.

Report from FROG the Condor Trail thru-hiker
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Manzana Schoolhouse Camp Survey - 12-27-2015 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Manzana Schoolhouse Camp
Date: 12-27-2015
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:No water in Manzana or Sisquoc
Weather Conditions:
Manzana Schoolhouse Camp Survey - 12-27-2015 - by James
Link: Manzana Schoolhouse Camp
Date: 12-27-2015
Surveyor Name:James
Camp Description:
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:Last water at Dabney Cabin
Weather Conditions:
Manzana Schoolhouse Camp Survey - 09-25-2015 - by Serhiy Petryshak
Link: Manzana Schoolhouse Camp
Date: 09-25-2015
Surveyor Name:Serhiy Petryshak
Camp Description:
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:High 90'
Images:

Manzana Schoolhouse Camp Survey - 05-22-2015 - by Paul Cronshaw
Link: Manzana Schoolhouse Camp
Date: 05-22-2015
Surveyor Name:Paul Cronshaw
Camp Description:Camp has multiple table sites. Not advisable to stay in the campsite with the two tables and dead oak tree (potential widow maker). 
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:Last water source is two crossings below Dabney Cabin.
Weather Conditions:Sunny, Temp mid 70s
Images:

Dead oak tree at main campsite
Manzana Schoolhouse Camp Survey - 04-11-2015 - by Tim Molloy
Link: Manzana Schoolhouse Camp
Date: 04-11-2015
Surveyor Name:Tim Molloy
Camp Description:
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:No water at camp, but some water further up Manzana Creek.
Weather Conditions:
Manzana Schoolhouse Camp Survey - 04-11-2015 - by M. Jones
Link: Manzana Schoolhouse Camp
Date: 04-11-2015
Surveyor Name:M. Jones
Camp Description:

Historic Notes:

The Manazana School was organized in 1894. A flat at the confluence of the Sisquoc River and Manazana Creek was selected for the school site. Alvis Davis erected a building which measured 16’x 20’, sat on a river boulder foundation, and was constructed from vertical 11’x12’s. When enrollment increased, he enlarged the building 10' feet to the west and added six windows. The entire exterior was covered with shiplap cut from local Digger pines at the Davis-Spaulding sawmill. The school building was reroofed in 1990 by the Los Padres Interpretive Association. (Ontiverous, Erlinda P. pg. 342, 1990)

The Manzana School, was as a community project, founded by 11 families led by Hiram Preserved Wheat, a pioneer from Wisconsin supposedly gifted with the power to heal with his hands. This ability so impressed hostile Indians that they marked his wagon with a sign indicating that he was not to be harmed. The remains of Hiram Wells’ (Wheat’s son-in-law) homestead can be seen about a half mile below camp, on a hill above the Sisquoc. The ruins include a stone chimney and a grave of “Bessie” who was born in 1902 and died 3 months later. (Burtness, Robert 1981)

Hiram also started a homestead on the South Fork of the Sisquoc River near the present Lonnie Davis Campground—he later lived in Garey (Ontiveros, Erlinda. pg. 354 1990).



Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:Manzana creek has low flow from Dabney cabin to trail head at Sunset Valley Road
Weather Conditions:Sunny and min-70's
Images:







Old Wells homestead
Manzana Schoolhouse Camp Survey - 03-07-2015 - by Curt Cragg
Link: Manzana Schoolhouse Camp
Date: 03-07-2015
Surveyor Name:Curt Cragg
Camp Description:Camp is in good condition with abundant green grass in meadow.  Cleared large oak tree that had fallen in front of toilet area.  Worked on the Hurricane Deck trail above the switchbacks from junction at Sisquoc.
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:Closest water is currently one mile before the camp between Dabney Cabin and Cody propety
Weather Conditions:Clear, 70 degrees days, 40's at night
Manzana Schoolhouse Camp Survey - 02-15-2015 - by Will
Link: Manzana Schoolhouse Camp
Date: 02-15-2015
Surveyor Name:Will
Camp Description:Great camp - lots of space, great views, fire rings, and benches.  Trail is in great condition.
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:Last water is at Dabney Cabin
Weather Conditions:Clear, mid-70s. Perfect weather.
Manzana Schoolhouse Camp Survey - 01-01-2015 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Manzana Schoolhouse Camp
Date: 01-01-2015
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:No water at Manzana schoolhouse. Some flowing water at creek crossings over the first ~4 miles on the way to the schoolhouse from Nira campground.
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:Weather was sunny and cold with temperature in high 20s at night
Manzana Schoolhouse Camp Survey - 10-27-2014 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Manzana Schoolhouse Camp
Date: 10-27-2014
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:James Wapotich wrote about a recent trip to the Schoolhouse:
http://songsofthewilderness.wordpress.com/2014/11/02/trail-quest-manzana-creek-part-2/

No water at the Schoolhouse but there was water in the crossings around Dabney Cabin, which is a mile+ above along the Manzana.
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Manzana Schoolhouse Camp Survey - 05-04-2014 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Manzana Schoolhouse Camp
Date: 05-04-2014
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:Nearest water at Cody property
Weather Conditions:
Manzana Schoolhouse Camp Survey - 04-20-2014 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Manzana Schoolhouse Camp
Date: 04-20-2014
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Camp Description:
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:No water at the Schoolhouse either in the Manzana or the Sisquoc.
Weather Conditions:

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Last Updated: Friday, March 27, 2015

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