Hurricane Deck Trail

HARD 8 reviews
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Hurricane Deck Trail is a 26.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Los Olivos, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
26.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
7900 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

24 days ago

Did this as a 3 day back pack trip on 5/21- 5/23 2018 with my friend Linda. Both of us early 60’s. Started at Nira, hiked to White Ledge camp (12 miles), hiked via hurricane deck to Manzana Schoolhouse camp (20+ miles), then back to Nira (10 miles). Hikes to and from White Ledge and Manzana schoolhouse were pleasant, easy, beautiful with plenty of wildflowers and water along the way. Hurricane deck is a different animal. The San Rafael wilderness map tells you it’s about a 15 mile hike, the sign at White Ledge says 23 miles, the one at Manzana Schoolhouse says 22 miles. Whatever the distance, it is a long hike, but spectacular. With the various times you spend backtracking to find the trail you might as well call it a 20+ mile day. There are patches of well maintained trail (thank you so much for those doing the work) and areas where it is easy to get lost due to overgrown areas combined with lack of cairns or marker flags. It does become obvious when you are off trail and I advise you to backtrack right away to find it. Getting off trail can quickly become scary with the very rough terrain and dramatic drop offs. Once we did not backtrack - as it seemed more work then trying to reconnect with it going onward - it was our biggest mistake of the day, that fortunately only cost us time and a bit of a scare. The hike is epic and spectacular, with drop offs on both sides of the long long ridge, with views into eternity. It was a brilliant sunny day, but a nice breeze kept the hike comfortable. Start early so you don’t run out of daylight. Make sure you are in good shape since besides Lost Valley Trail (8 miles) and Potrero trail (3 miles) there is no way off the mountain unless you carry a hang glider or love rides on rescue helicopter. Look for condors and the Sisquoc Sasquatch - no proof of existence of either one this trip, but a trip to remember for sure!
Leesbeth

hiking
2 months ago

I did the eastern portion of Hurricane Deck where Potrero Trail meets the ridge line. It was a blast and saw some incredible views while riding the ridge down to the Manzana Trail. Encountered some diverse little ecosystems along the way. Bring water as there’s little shade

hiking
Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Not a trail for faint hearted or beginners especially during the warm & dry season. Bring a LOT of water! We did a round trip trek from Manzana Creek Trailhead to Potrero to Hurricane Deck & back to Potrero campground in almost 8hrs. Took a lot of break in between because we had our dog hiked with us. The Hurricane Deck trail offers very minimal shade except the gorgeous meadow, which was almost halfway through the trail. It was an excruciatingly hot, needless to say, exhausting trek for me (and the dog) but it was 1 tick off our bucket list.

hiking
Thursday, March 02, 2017

Did a 20 mile loop from Nira through Lost Valley and Twin Oaks up onto Hurricane Deck, down Potrero Trail and then back to Nira. Did it in December and it took a full day - just over 10 hours. Really amazing hike with great views. Some bushwhacking up on the deck where we couldn't really find an actual trail. No water when we went so bring lots. Didn't see any other people out there except our small group. Did have a rattlesnake encounter up on the deck and saw mountain lion tracks so stay aware. All in all, a difficult but rewarding day.

backpacking
Sunday, December 25, 2016

Did a two day loop from trailhead at Sunset Valley Rd. to Manzana Schoolhouse, then hiked out Hurricane Deck to Portrero trail back to trailhead. Even though we had some rain in recent days, the trail was almost completely dry. Bring lots of water. There was no water at the schoolhouse campsite and definitely no water on Hurricane Deck. The hike in to MS was super easy and pleasant, but be prepared for elevation gain and some bushwhacking on the HD trail. Beautiful views make it worth the effort. Full loop was about 20 miles. I would do it again, but bring more water and leave my dog at home--he was exhausted by the end of the hike.

hiking
Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Beautiful views, varied terrain, and really warm weather. Bring plenty of water !

nature trips
Saturday, January 28, 2012

Went backpacking here and loved the elevation gain nearly killed me but the views were completely worth it!

hiking
Sunday, February 07, 2016