Manzanar Japanese Relocation Site: Manzanar Trail

EASY 7 reviews

Manzanar Japanese Relocation Site: Manzanar Trail is a 2.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Independence, California that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
2.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
91 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

walking

views

I think it is important to experience the history of this place. Very thought-provoking and invokes wrenching emotions. The visitor center has great displays and a compelling documentary in their theater. Walking the site gives you a better impression, but a lot of the beauty has been lost (the gardens and parks). What cannot be taken away is the amazing views of the mountains on either side. The walk is easy - this is not as much about a hike as it is experiencing history.

hiking
Saturday, May 16, 2015

Very nice visitors center capturing the essence of the lives of the people "detained" during WWII and their perseverance in unimaginable conditions.

During our visit, we met a gentleman who was "interned" at age six in the Tule Lake Relocation Center, one of ten camps created. He spoke of the living conditions and even though these re-constructed barracks were good, he pointed out many discrepancies from reality. Mostly things were more rustic than depicted. But this place is eerie, you can "feel" the anxious energy of the people interned. A must see!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Moving and important historic in the Owens valley of California. This is one of the relocation sites for Japanese Americans interned by the US following Pearl Harbor. The exhibits are excellent and getting better as they continue to develop this historic site.

scenic driving
Monday, November 07, 2011

Sad part of our history. The visitor center has tons of information. I liked to look at all the old dry ponds that were in the gardens.

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