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Manzana Creek Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.3 (4)

This pleasant trail through the wilderness leads over 32 creek crossings to a historical schoolhouse used in 1901.


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8.6

Miles

13.9

KM

Point to Point

1,868' 569 m

High

1,174' 358 m

Low

284' 87 m

Up

858' 262 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (1°)

24%

Max Grade (14°)

Dogs Leashed

Features River/Creek · Swimming · Wildlife

Family Friendly The best way for kids to experience this trail is to break it up over a few days. With campsites located along the route, there's ample opportunity to take it easy and enjoy your time along the trail.

The trail crosses through private property, so stay on the trail. Of course, pack it in pack it out.

Description

The trail is fairly level and straightforward to follow, but you do cross the river 32 times each way, so expect some wet shoes. At the end of the trail is a historical schoolhouse that was used back in 1901. There are 3 campgrounds along the trail to accommodate backpackers, but the trail can easily be done in a day if you'd rather not carry a bunch of gear.

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Kody Gularte

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  4.3 from 4 votes

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Zane in his hammock just steps from the schoolhouse. Got there around 6:00 PM and had the whole place to ourselves.
Aug 15, 2018 near Los Olivos, CA

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Aug 11, 2018
Scotty Rew
9.3 miles to the schoolhouse, slept next to the schoolhouse in our hammocks, took the same route back the next day. Creek was almost completely dry.
Mar 6, 2018
Valerie Norton
Just enough to go on to the Deck: https://valhikes.blogspot.com/2018/03/bald-mountain-and-hurricane-deck.html
Dec 30, 2017
Valerie Norton
Trail work day: https://valhikes.blogspot.com/2017/12/lower-manzana-trail-work.html