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SB backcountry-Los Padres Manzana Schoolhouse

Come explore the Santa Barbara backcountry in the San Rafael Wilderness.

4/20 Meet at 8:30am at Manzana Schoolhouse trailhead. Hike about 8 miles with 365’ gain to the old schoolhouse and setup camp. Hang out

4/21 Pack up and hike out the same way. Optional lunch stop in Santa Barbara

The trail requires several creek crossings which are usually less than knee deep. May also be able to rock hop.

Trail may be brushy.
Ticks can be common-spray you and your gear
Rattlesnake sightings are also possible depending on how warm it is

Should be able to catch the last of the wildflowers blooming.

Road conditions: Cars can make the last few miles of dirt road but higher clearance is recommended. There are usually a few dips in the road to maneuver.

Travel options: Stay at my place in Oxnard Friday night. Leave at about 6:30am Saturday morning for the 2hr drive
Car camp along the dirt road or at Nira campground at the trailhead.

Directions: Hwy 101 north to Hwy 154. From Hwy 154: right turn on Armour Ranch Rd./ Happy Canyon Rd. 11 miles northeast to Cachuma Saddle, Sunset Valley Rd. 6 miles north. The road dead-ends. The trailhead is on the left at the creek crossing. Parking can be crowded.


DISCLAIMER: Hike at your own risk. Be responsible for yourself and your safety. Make good decisions. With any trip, things can change, reservations can get lost, the unexpected can happen. A go-with-the-flow attitude is always a good thing, and most importantly, let’s all have fun! This is an easy hike. Make sure you are in good enough physical shape for the distance, elevation changes, and terrain. The hike leaders in this group aren’t professional hike leaders. By signing up for these events, you agree not to hold the Meetup organizers responsible for whatever happens to you on these events. The hiking group does not certify the expertise of the organizers, the event or assistant organizers (hike leaders) and…We are NOT responsible for any possible losses or injuries.

April 20 2024


Start: April 20 @ 8:30 am
End: April 21 @ 2:00 pm
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