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Manzana Trail East (Upper) - Los Padres National Forest
Trail Distance 13.8 Miles

The East Trail (31W13.2) follows the Mazana canyon east to the narrows, then climbs over the Hurricane Deck at White Ledge to end at South Fork Guard Station on the Sisquoc River. Access the trial from Nira Campground via Sunset Valley Road.

MANZANA - A Spanish word for little apples. In the Manzana area it possibly refers to the large number of Manzanita bushes that grow along parts of the creek.

Trail Details

  • Trail #: 30W13
  • Wilderness Area: San Rafael
  • County: Santa Barbara County
  • Ranger District: Santa Lucia Ranger District
  • Trail-head Latitude: 34.76936
  • Trail-head Longitude: -119.93665
  • Trail Condition: Good - Trail is easy to follow and is in good shape
  • Topo Maps:
  • Activities & Features:
    • Backpacking
    • Birding
    • Creek
    • Day Hiking
    • Fishing
    • Horseback Riding
    • Wildlife Viewing
    • Wilderness Camping



Trail Stats

  • Total Elevation Gain: + 3092 feet.
  • Total Elevation Loss: - 3789 feet.
  • Overall Average Slope Gain: + 7 %.
  • Overall Average Slope Loss: - 8 %.
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Trail Camps

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  • Los Padres Forest Association - 02-01-2015

  • Los Padres Forest Association - 02-01-2015

  • Los Padres Forest Association - 02-01-2015

  • Los Padres Forest Association - 02-01-2015

  • Los Padres Forest Association - 02-01-2015

  • 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

  • M. Jones - 04-23-2015

  • M. Jones - 04-23-2015

  • M. Jones - 04-23-2015

  • M. Jones - 04-23-2015

  • Los Padres Forest Association - 10-04-2015

  • Los Padres Forest Association - 10-04-2015

  • Los Padres Forest Association - 10-04-2015

  • Los Padres Forest Association - 10-04-2015

  • Sonia Connors - 04-01-2016

  • Sonia Connors - 04-01-2016

  • Sonia Connors - 04-01-2016

  • Sonia Connors - 04-01-2016

  • Sonia Connors - 04-01-2016

  • Bre Kapner - 08-24-2016

  • Bre Kapner - 08-24-2016

  • Bre Kapner - 08-24-2016

  • Bre Kapner - 08-24-2016

  • Bre Kapner - 08-24-2016

  • Bre Kapner - 08-24-2016

  • Bre Kapner - 08-24-2016

  • Bre Kapner - 08-24-2016

  • Bre Kapner - 08-24-2016

  • Bre Kapner - 08-24-2016

  • Bre Kapner - 08-24-2016

  • Bre Kapner - 08-24-2016

  • Bre Kapner - 08-24-2016

  • Bre Kapner - 08-24-2016

  • Bre Kapner - 08-24-2016

  • Bre Kapner - 08-24-2016

  • Friend of B - 08-24-2016

  • Los Padres Forest Association - 02-13-2017

  • Los Padres Forest Association - 02-13-2017

  • Los Padres Forest Association - 02-13-2017

  • Los Padres Forest Association - 02-13-2017

  • Los Padres Forest Association - 02-13-2017

Submitted Trail Reports

Manzana Trail East (Upper) Survey - 04-24-2017 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Manzana Trail East (Upper)
Date: 04-24-2017
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:Noozhawk author Dan McCaslin writes about his latest backpack along the upper Manzana Trail.  Have at it:

https://www.noozhawk.com/article/dan_mccaslin_happy_hunting_ground_camp_041917
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Manzana Trail East (Upper) Survey - 02-13-2017 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Manzana Trail East (Upper)
Date: 02-13-2017
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:Trail report by Bard of Goleta from NIRA to Manzana Narrows along the Manzana Trail.  Trail is good shape other than a few trees across the trail.  Water flow was large, waist deep in places.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Images:

Crossing just above Ray's Camp, photo Bard

Downed branch across table at Manzana Camp, photo Bard


Tree blocking trail at crossing between Manzana and Manzana Narrows, photo Bard

Manzana Narrows Camp, photo Bard


Alcove / Manzana Falls, photo Bard
Manzana Trail East (Upper) Survey - 08-24-2016 - by Friend of B
Link: Manzana Trail East (Upper)
Date: 08-24-2016
Surveyor Name:Friend of B
Trail description:My friend, in a couple of the photos (blonde gal - "Bre"), has become obsessed with finding the "M. Jones" that posted on 4-11-2015 and(?) 4-23-2015, if you have any information on this guy/gal, please e-mail findingm.jones@gmail.com. Thank you.

Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Images:

Manzana Trail East (Upper) Survey - 08-24-2016 - by Bre Kapner
Link: Manzana Trail East (Upper)
Date: 08-24-2016
Surveyor Name:Bre Kapner
Trail description:This is totally the same spot right?
...
Thank you M. Jones!
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:I'm not crazy ???? :D
Images:

Manzana Trail East (Upper) Survey - 08-24-2016 - by Bre Kapner
Link: Manzana Trail East (Upper)
Date: 08-24-2016
Surveyor Name:Bre Kapner
Trail description:
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Images:







Manzana Trail East (Upper) Survey - 08-24-2016 - by Bre Kapner
Link: Manzana Trail East (Upper)
Date: 08-24-2016
Surveyor Name:Bre Kapner
Trail description:More Pics!

Side note, LOTS of poison oak.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Images:







Leaving Horse Shoe.
Manzana Trail East (Upper) Survey - 08-24-2016 - by Bre Kapner
Link: Manzana Trail East (Upper)
Date: 08-24-2016
Surveyor Name:Bre Kapner
Trail description:I got home from my hike with my dad today, and stumbled upon one of the photos on this website! I was stunned to see that he had snapped a picture in almost the same EXACT location! 

Anyway, the area is suuuuper dry back there. We made it to the "Leaving Public Land" signs at the road, just a little further than Horse Shoe Bend, and then went back for lunch at the picnic tables there. 

There is no water at the swimming hole by Horse Shoe, and the creek is super dry except for a few places where the water is stagnant and dirty. Namely, Cold water. A trickle exists to feed into the pool here, but the water is still too gross for our liking, so we pressed on.

Lots of bugs by any water source, tadpoles & mosquito larvae abound. Saw three deer, many tiny lizards and butterflies, two foxes, a rattle snake, hawks, and an eagle.

The trail is more thickly overgrown with dry brush than I have ever seen it & there are stickers everywhere. It was very hot today, but given the Rey fire, the air quality was not poor until late afternoon.

A few places exist where it may be difficult to follow the trail, especially in several of the dry creek crossings.

The Yucca is all dry, and there have obviously been horses in the area recently.

Bring LOTS of water if attempting this hike in the summer and be sure to wear good shoes, bring sunscreen and bug spray.

Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:Same picture, different date!
Images:

Same Place as one of the other photos! AMAZING!



Succulent!

Horse Shoe Picnic Table


Manzana Trail East (Upper) Survey - 08-03-2016 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Manzana Trail East (Upper)
Date: 08-03-2016
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:Recent report from Santa Barbara Edhat.  Seems there is still water out there if you look in the right places:

http://www.edhat.com/site/tidbit.cfm?nid=172956
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Manzana Trail East (Upper) Survey - 04-01-2016 - by Sonia Connors
Link: Manzana Trail East (Upper)
Date: 04-01-2016
Surveyor Name:Sonia Connors
Trail description:
Hike from South Fork to Nira.  Trail was in excellent condition with plenty of water and many wildflowers!  This steep trail between the Alcove and Manzana Narrows had big patches dense with poppies and chia - beautiful color combination!  The section between White Ledge and the Alcove had creek crossing with water in it - and many tadpoles.  Thank you to all that maintain this beautiful trail!
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Images:







Manzana Trail East (Upper) Survey - 12-15-2015 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Manzana Trail East (Upper)
Date: 12-15-2015
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:Recent article by Dan McCaslin about the Lower Manzana Trail below NIRA Camp:

http://www.noozhawk.com/article/dan_mccaslin_coldwater_camp_on_lower_manzana_creek
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Manzana Trail East (Upper) Survey - 11-04-15 - by Tom Plymale
Link: Manzana Trail East (Upper)
Date: 11-04-15
Surveyor Name:Tom Plymale
Trail description:Took a quick walk out to Fish camp and back to check the trail after the storms 2 weeks ago. Overall the trail Is in good shape. The Manzana moved a lot of water and is silted in pretty good. Beyond Lost Valley camp there is a sycamore thats bent over the trail and  need  to be cut out. Further out there was a gully washer from a side drainage that  blew out a crossing. Stock will not be able to cross and would need an alternate route. It is fixable. Where the trail drops to cross the Manzana to Fish camp got blown out also but the trail is still visible. There is no flowing water. We may be able to send some folks in soon to take care of the tree and the crossings.

Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:Nira to Fish Camp
Manzana Trail East (Upper) Survey - 10-04-2015 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Manzana Trail East (Upper)
Date: 10-04-2015
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:Trail is in good shape from NIRA out to South Fork Station.  There is no water between NIRA and Manzana Narrows.  From the Narrows to South Fork there is only water at the spring above the switchbacks.  We do not know if there is water at Lonnie Davis.

Routes that are low and near the creek need burshing and tread.  Routes that are upper need some slough tread work. But there are no blow outs.

Section from Fish to Ray's camp needs the most bushing.

There is a tree down before Ray's camp, 4ft crosscut needed.

There is one small tree blocking the trail before Manzana camp.

Mode of transport:Array
Trail condition:Needs some work
Images:

Brushy section between Fish and Ray's - photo Beckstrand

Downed tree before Manzana Camp - photo Beckstrand


Downed tree before Ray's Camp - photo Beckstrand

Closeup of tree at Ray's Camp - photo Beckstrand
Manzana Trail East (Upper) Survey - 04-23-2015 - by M. Jones
Link: Manzana Trail East (Upper)
Date: 04-23-2015
Surveyor Name:M. Jones
Trail description:

Hiked the upper Manzana trail from Nira to about ¾ mile past White Ledge Camp. GPS said 27.6 mile day trip after some exploring in a unnamed drainage down canyon past White Ledge Camp.

Overall trail is in good condition. There was water at Nira and Lost Valley camp site but none in the creek until Rays Camp. Manzana and the Narrows both and had good water. There was also a little flow about a ½ mile past the unofficial “alcove” camp in the drainage and at the waterfall before heading up to the top of white ledge canyon.  There was no water at Happy Hunting Ground but was a small stagnant pool about a ¼ past the camp site. Where the trail enters the canyon ¾ of a mile before White Ledge Camp it can be hard to follow in places, rock ducts and flags mark the path through the creek bed sections. At this point there was also a little flowing water which continued all the way down canyon.

Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Images:





Manzana Trail East (Upper) Survey - 04-11-2015 - by M. Jones
Link: Manzana Trail East (Upper)
Date: 04-11-2015
Surveyor Name:M. Jones
Trail description:

Surveyed the lower Manzana trail from Sunset Valley road past Manzana Schoolhouse campground to the old Wells Homestead on the Horse Canyon La Brea trail

Over-all the entire trail in in good condition and well-trimmed with easy traveling due to the low water levels. There are no obstructions, slip-outs, slides or trees blocking the trail.  At the time of survey there was low water at every crossing but one from Sunset Valley road to Dabney Cabin. Just below Dabney cabin had the most reliable, deepest pools of water which disappeared just after the Cody property

Historic notes for the area:

Dabney Cabin, 1914 Alder log cabin (Charles William Dabney). Used by the Dabney family for trout fishing, by Johnny Franzina on round-ups; lion trapper Paul Nogues from the early 1920’s until the 1940’sand by Midland school students. Saved by interested county residents from demolition by USFS in October 1969. (Ontiverous, Erlinda, pg.358 1990)

 Wheat Homestead. H. P Wheet [Wheat] was born in April 1822, in New Hampshire. He died in 1903 and is buried in a eucalyptus grove in Oceano. His wife, Elizabeth, was born in Canada c1828 and s also buried in in Oceano (D. c1900) The Wheets lived in Michigan and Wisconsin before moving to California [Sears-Woon Family Genealogy]

“Old man Wheet” wore his hair long, what little of it there was, as he was bald except for a little top-knot and a scanty fringe that extended to his shoulders. He had an extensive vocabulary of cuss words and chewed great quantities of tobacco which he would spit all over the floor. He despised doctors and medicine and claimed to have divine healing powers. Most of his relatives had great respect for him, but the rest of the folks looked upon him as a humbug [Santa Maria Historical-Society, c1905].

Hiram Preserved Wheat was one of the most prosperous and colorful of the pioneers. He claimed his home stead in 1885; could neither read nor write, and considered himself a healer…..He laid down the proper rules for diet; no pork, no lard, no coffee, and –most important—no milk for adults. One story he told of the cures he had concerned a man who had drank milk all his life. The patient was puffed up like a balloon, unable to walk. Old Man Wheat gave him a good pounding, and then squeezed his toes. The accumulated milk streamed out, he was able to walk and was cured [Jeannette Lyons, 1974].

Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Images:







Manzana Trail East (Upper) Survey - 02-01-2015 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Manzana Trail East (Upper)
Date: 02-01-2015
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:VWR Mike Smith and crew headed out to Happy Hunting Ground with his goats to remove a 40" downed tree that was blocking the trail.  The photos tell the story.  Great work Mike and crew!
Mode of transport:Array
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Images:

The Happy Hunting Ground Sign

The downed tree, ready for 4hours of cutting


Using a 6ft crosscut saw on the largest cut

Major cuts done, time to roll the logs off the trail


BOOM! Trail all clear.......
Manzana Trail East (Upper) Survey - 12-16-2014 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Manzana Trail East (Upper)
Date: 12-16-2014
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:The Manzana is now flowing again.  Isn't rain a wonderful thing.....
Mode of transport:Array
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow
Manzana Trail East (Upper) Survey - 04-16-2014 - by LPFA
Link: Manzana Trail East (Upper)
Date: 04-16-2014
Surveyor Name:LPFA
Trail description:http://www.independent.com/news/2014/apr/16/manzana-day-hike-rays-camp/?on
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow


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