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Nira Campground South Los Padres National Forest

  • Camp Type: Car Campground - No Reservations, first-come, first-serve walk-in campground
  • Topo Map Link: Bald Mountain
  • Elevation: 2400 feet
  • Wilderness Area: Non Wilderness Area
  • County: Santa Barbara County
  • Ranger District: Santa Lucia Ranger District
  • Longitude: -119.9379627
  • Latitude: 34.77087571
  • Water Sources: Mazana Creek seasonal
  • Length of Stay: 14 Days
  • Reservations: Car Campground - No Reservations, Walk In

Recent Water Reports:

Date Surveyor Water Report
12-30-2017Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
11-18-2017Los Padres Forest AssociationDry
10-08-2017CahikerchickDry
11-19-2016Los Padres Forest AssociationDry
10-25-2016Los Padres Forest AssociationDry
11-27-2015Daniel J. HallDry
08-29-2015Los Padres Forest AssociationDry
04-18-2015Hike Los PadresFlowing
12-17-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing
11-26-2014Paul "The Beeman" CronshawDry
10-18-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationDry
08-31-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationDry
04-20-2014Los Padres Forest AssociationFlowing

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Description:

Nira is the acronym for National Industrial Recovery Act which was a early depression program absorbed by the CCC's, The camp was originally called Manzana Camp. This camp was moved six miles up stream to its new location.
Located on Manzana Creek just up stream from the mouth of Davy Brown Creek. It is the end of the Sunset Valley Davy Brown Road and the trail head for trails up and down Manzana Creek that enter the San Rafael Wilderness located just across the creek from the camp. A popular camping spot on the weekends, especially during hunting season.

North of State Highway 154 via Happy Canyon Road or Figueroa Mountain Road from Los Olivos (both 7NO7) and Sunset Valley Road (8N09).

 

Survey Photos:


  • Los Padres Forest Association - 08-29-2015
    Lower NIRA Trailhead

  • Los Padres Forest Association - 12-30-2017
    One of the felled dead hazard oaks at NIRA Campground.

  • Los Padres Forest Association - 12-30-2017
    The new San Rafael Wilderness sign along the upper Manzana Trail.

Submitted Camp Reports

Nira Campground Survey - 12-30-2017 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Nira Campground
Date: 12-30-2017
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:LPFA camped at NIRA for two days working the trails upstream and downstream along the Manzana.  We also installed a new San Rafael Wilderness sign along the upper Manzana Trail and felled a few dead hazard trees at NIRA Campground.  There should be plenty of firewood for a while at NIRA!  Camp was clean and appears that PMC is doing a good job of maintaining the campground.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:Nice flowing water at the upper Manzana Trailhead crossing.
Weather Conditions:Not that cold, but pretty warm.
Images:

One of the felled dead hazard oaks at NIRA Campground.

The new San Rafael Wilderness sign along the upper Manzana Trail.
Nira Campground Survey - 11-18-2017 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Nira Campground
Date: 11-18-2017
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:Camp was clean and orderly. Both upstream and downstream Manzana Trails were PACKED, cars/trucks/trailers everywhere.
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:No water in the Manzana but there was water flowing out of Fir Canyon.
Weather Conditions:COLD, low temps in the high 20's.
Nira Campground Survey - 10-08-2017 - by Cahikerchick
Link: Nira Campground
Date: 10-08-2017
Surveyor Name:Cahikerchick
Camp Description:The campground and restrooms are in great shape.  Campsites and fire rings are raked.  The new concessionaire is doing a good job of maintaining the campground.  

Surprisingly, there were no campers and only one car when we left on Friday and again when we returned on Sunday.  May be due to the warm weather predicted for the weekend.  We had the trail and camps all to ourselves.
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Nira Campground Survey - 11-19-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Nira Campground
Date: 11-19-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:Interesting article by Dan McCaslin in Noozhawk:

https://www.noozhawk.com/article/dan_mccaslin_fish_creek_and_lost_valley_camp_day_hike_20161119

Explains some of the history of NIRA Camp as well as a description of the Manzana Trail up to Fish Camp and some camp information about Fish Camp.
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Nira Campground Survey - 10-25-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Nira Campground
Date: 10-25-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:No water.
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Nira Campground Survey - 11-27-2015 - by Daniel J. Hall
Link: Nira Campground
Date: 11-27-2015
Surveyor Name:Daniel J. Hall
Camp Description:
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Nira Campground Survey - 08-29-2015 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Nira Campground
Date: 08-29-2015
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:LPFA installed a new kiosk at the lower NIRA trailhead.  Looks great!  There was no water anywhere to be seen either above, in the middle or below camp.  Dry dry dry!
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:HOT, low 90's and HOT!
Images:

Lower NIRA Trailhead
Nira Campground Survey - 04-18-2015 - by Hike Los Padres
Link: Nira Campground
Date: 04-18-2015
Surveyor Name:Hike Los Padres
Camp Description:Still good water at NIRA, considering our drought.


Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Nira Campground Survey - 12-17-2014 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Nira Campground
Date: 12-17-2014
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:Manzana is now flowing through NIRA.
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Nira Campground Survey - 11-26-2014 - by Paul "The Beeman" Cronshaw
Link: Nira Campground
Date: 11-26-2014
Surveyor Name:Paul "The Beeman" Cronshaw
Camp Description:
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Nira Campground Survey - 10-18-2014 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Nira Campground
Date: 10-18-2014
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:No water
Weather Conditions:
Nira Campground Survey - 08-31-2014 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Nira Campground
Date: 08-31-2014
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:
Nira Campground Survey - 04-20-2014 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Nira Campground
Date: 04-20-2014
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Camp Description:
Water Source:Flowing
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:

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