San Rafael Wilderness Activities
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.
Suitable for Sturdy Children
Following your bliss on the Manzana Creek Trail. Read story.
Search for the Sacred Springs
An easy three-day backpack, plus a 10-mile day hike on the second day. Read story.
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.
Good Time to Explore San Rafael Wilderness
Now’s a good time to explore this popular hike through the San Rafael Wilderness. Read story.
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.
Try This Out Some Weekend
A favorite, fairly easy, 17-mile, two-day backpack into the San Rafael Wilderness. Read story.
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.