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Best trails in San Rafael Wilderness

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Looking for a great trail in San Rafael Wilderness, California? AllTrails has 9 great hiking trails, views trails, wild flowers trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Gearing up for a challenge? There are 5 hard trails in San Rafael Wilderness ranging from 9.8 to 24.4 miles and from 1,755 to 6,204 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Top trails (9)
#1 - McKinley Mountain
San Rafael Wilderness
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Length: 20.8 mi • Est. 11 h 10 m
McKinley Mountain is a 20.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Los Olivos, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of Show more
#2 - Manzana Schoolhouse via Manzana Trail
San Rafael Wilderness
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Length: 16.7 mi • Est. 7 h 26 m
Manzana Schoolhouse via Manzana Trail is a 16.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Los Olivos, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The tShow more
#3 - Manzana Creek and Eastern Hurricane Deck Loop
San Rafael Wilderness
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Length: 24.4 mi • Est. Multi-day
Manzana Creek and Eastern Hurricane Deck Loop is a 24.4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Los Olivos, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trailShow more
#4 - Potrero Canyon Trail
San Rafael Wilderness
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Length: 9.8 mi • Est. 5 h 56 m
Potrero Canyon Trail is a 9.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Goleta, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used Show more
#5 - Lost Valley Trail
San Rafael Wilderness
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Length: 16.6 mi • Est. 8 h 15 m
This trail runs from Nira to Hurricane Deck. As an out-and-back day hike it would be strenuous given the elevation gain and distance involved. The trail is generally gradual without many steep sectionShow more
#6 - Nyra to Fish Camp
San Rafael Wilderness
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Length: 5.1 mi • Est. 2 h 24 m
Fish Camp - Campsite on the upstream side of the Manzana Creek Trail. Two fire pits, picnic tables.Show more
#7 - Hurricane Deck Loop: Lost Valley to Potrero Canyon
San Rafael Wilderness
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Length: 19.4 mi • Est. 10 h 28 m
Overnight over the top of Hurricane Deck: Lost Valley to Potrero Canyon.Show more
#8 - Manzanita Creek Trail to Dabney Cabin
San Rafael Wilderness
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Length: 12.9 mi • Est. 5 h 51 m
This trail is relatively flat but involves many creek crossings, so your feet will get wet. Dabney Cabin is an old hunting lodge from the turn of the century and is a historical landmark. There is aShow more
#9 - Manzana Trail To Potrero Camp
San Rafael Wilderness
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Length: 2.4 mi • Est. 1 h 13 m
Nira To Potrero CampShow more