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Santa Barbara Hikes

Manzana Narrows

Manzana Narrows

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For:Relatively level, long if you do the whole thing, sun exposed.
Bear scat
Bear scat. The bear ate Oak leaf cherries.

Manzana Narrows is a popular wilderness back country destination and makes a very long day hike or a great backpack trip. You hike in remote, rugged wilderness, far from civilization. The air is silent and clean, with the haunting sounds of wind in the pines. The vegetation in this area is sparse in most areas, and dense riparian in the river bed. The river itself can be quite full in spring, but dries significantly by summer. Because of this, and because the hike is long - about 14 miles - this hike is best done in late spring, fall or winter to avoid the high water in spring and heat in summer.

At the destination are primitive campgrounds and a cool river with inviting pools for wading, making this an attractive destination.

You will need an Adventure Pass Pass to park at Nira.

Boulder, CO Leave No Trace Frountcountry program