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This 14-mile trail goes east up Manzana Creek from Nira Campground. This trail is a major access route into the San Rafael Wilderness and connects with other wilderness trails. Manzana and Manzana Narrows are popular trail camps accessed by this route. They are six and seven miles from Nira. The trail continues onto South Fork Station and the Sisquoc Trail. The cool water with resident trout make these trail camps popular destination points during spring and early summer. Winter storms frequently create high water crossing problems and can strand hikers. Summertime heat can make this hike difficult.

Directions: From Los Olivos, Travel on Forest Road 7N07 northeast for about 22 miles to the Nira Campground and trailhead. The trailhead can be reached by car most of the but there are several seasonal closure gates that can add to the length your hike.

Distance: 14 miles

Difficulty: Moderate/Strenuous

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Los Padres National Forest, California

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