Manzana Schoolhouse Trail

Los Alamos, California

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Manzana Schoolhouse is an incredible all-day adventure or great beginner overnight backpack. The path is relatively level, shaded, and filled with excitement for the intrepid explorer. The entire trip follows lovely Manzana Creek to its confluence with the mighty Sisquoc Wild and Scenic River. The low elevation of this hike can make it hot and dry during mid- to late summer, and the creek may be too high to cross safely during winter rains and times of high runoff. Early spring is perhaps the best time to take this hike due to the wildflowers and wildlife in the area, though late fall is just as nice due to the lower frequency of people using the trail.
100 Classic Hikes in Southern California

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100 Classic Hikes in Southern California

by Allen Riedel (The Mountaineers Books)

Manzana Schoolhouse is an incredible all-day adventure or great beginner overnight backpack. The path is relatively level, shaded, and filled with excitement for the intrepid explorer. The entire trip follows lovely Manzana Creek to its confluence with the mighty Sisquoc Wild and Scenic River. The low elevation of this hike can make it hot and dry during mid- to late summer, and the creek may be too high to cross safely during winter rains and times of high runoff. Early spring is perhaps the best time to take this hike due to the wildflowers and wildlife in the area, though late fall is just as nice due to the lower frequency of people using the trail.

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Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Los Alamos
Length: 17
Elevation Gain: 700 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 9.5 hours or overnight
Season: Year-round, very hot in summer
Trailhead Elevation: 1,850 feet
Top Elevation: 1,800 feet
Local Contacts: Los Padres National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Bald Mountain
Topo Map: Manzana Schoolhouse Trail Topographic Map
Guide Book: 100 Classic Hikes in Southern California Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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