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San Rafael Wilderness Activities

Adventure on the Sisquoc

Going Lightweight in the Backcountry to Check Trail Conditions.

Ray heads into the backcountry on a trip to check trail conditions after the Zaca Fire and winter rains. Read story.

Coldwater Camp Day Hike

Suitable for Sturdy Children

Following your bliss on the Manzana Creek Trail. Read story.

Little Pine Mountain Easy Backpack

Search for the Sacred Springs

An easy three-day backpack, plus a 10-mile day hike on the second day. Read story.

Lower Manzana Creek Trail

Meandering Along the Creek Through Historic Pioneer Country

The lower Manzana Trail wanders for 8 miles to its confluence with the Sisquoc River. Here you can visit the historic Manzana School where 20-25 children received their education in the 1890s. Read story.

Merry Days Along Sunny Manzana Creek

Three-Day Easy Backpack

A couple of hiking buddies think it's a shame that these columns “give away” information about pristine and beautiful wild zones. Read story.

Two-Day Hurricane Deck Backpack

Try This Out Some Weekend

A favorite, fairly easy, 17-mile, two-day backpack into the San Rafael Wilderness. Read story.

Upper Manzana Creek Trail

The Three Mile Hike to Fish Creek is Just Right

The upper Manzana Trail leads 6 miles to Manzana Narrows where it connects with the White Ledge Trail and is an important thoroughfare for back packers heading into the San Rafael Wilderness. Just 3 miles upstream is Fish Creek - an excellent short hike, especially nice for young children. Read story.