Manzanita Trail

MODERATE 9 reviews
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Manzanita Trail is a 11.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Valyermo, California that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

11.2 miles
2,650 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash



mountain biking

trail running


7 months ago

We did this on Jan. 27, 2018. The temp at South Fork Campground was in the '50s and Vincent Gap was in the '40s (with a wind chill in the '30s). We only saw one other group on the trail during the entire hike (there were plenty of folks at the Vincent Gap parking lot, though). There were some patches of snow about 1 mile from the gap and there were a couple spots with erosion throughout. Other than that, the trail was in good condition. I imagine there would be more snow during a wetter year. The views are varied and there is plenty of shade. This is an underrated hike.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Hiked up today also though it fairly easy only rough part was the last mile or so lots of fresh snow on icee covering the trail definitely recommend bringing clip ons and or trekking poles.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Nice fairly easy trail through mostly wooded forest, but the best thing about it is the lack of other users I saw only two other hikers on the trail. Although it was early December there was some snow on the upper mile of trail, and could see this as a potential problem later in the winter season.

Friday, April 01, 2016

I first hiked this trail on New Year's Day 2016, starting from the bottom at South Fork Campground. It was 20 degrees when I started and later topped out at 28. The stream in Dorr Canyon was frozen solid (see pic). I didn't make it all the way to Vincent Gap because I was running out of daylight and more than a little cold. The incline is only slight and it's a very pretty trail, oaks and bigcone spruce at the lower end, then white fir and finally jeffrey/ponderosa pine and some cedar at the upper end. I've hiked it several times since from the top end and back. We've had a few good storms since then and since almost the entire trail is on the north slope the snow lingers and can get treacherous. Whenever I get tired of the other local hikes I always go back to the Manzanita.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

I did this Nov.21, 2014. It is a beautiful trail that connects with the Devil's Chair (Punchbowl Hike). I turned around at the SouthFork Campgrounds. I think I was the only one on the trail. The Autumn colors were spectacular. 5 miles each way. The Canyon wall is always in the shade, so it would be an excellent hike in the summer. There is plenty of water in the natural spring you pass over which is coming down another canyon.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

I did it on Dec. 28,2013. I was a great hike! Just before getting to San Vicent Pass the trail was cover with 2-4 inches of snow. overall is good.
It started on the camping ground of South Fork and hiked all the way to the top of Mt. Baden.

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Sunday, July 16, 2017