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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.

Beautiful windy road from Los Olivos to trailhead. Spectacular views but we ventured on a day when heavy fog was still clinging to the mountain. The trail was narrow but decent. We turned back about half way because the trail was a bit more treacherous and wet and we didn't have hiking boots with us. Many beautiful wild flowers!

hiking
2 months ago

This is one of the more rewarding hikes in terms of vistas I've done. You get amazing sight of the backcountry (Castle Rock and Hurricane Deck), Lake Cachuma and the Santa Ynez Valley. I would suggest doing this hike in the spring and starting no later than just before sunrise.

I would also rate this hike with an intermediate difficulty, but I can appreciate how the distance can make it harder. If you have solid endurance you can handle this hike no problem as the inclines are never that steep and there are plenty of level stretches once you get up on the ridges.

I highly recommend this hike, it was an incredibly enjoyable day with some of the most beautiful views I've seen of the area.

hiking
2 months ago

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.

Trail starts out fairly easy with lots of creek crossings. Once you start the climb it only continues to get steeper. Lots of sections with loose gravel so can be slippery at spots. Would recommend for only experienced hikers. Trekking poles would be helpful. Beautiful views and poppies starting to bloom 2/12/17

backpacking
5 months ago

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.

Hiked this trail 7/4/16 to Hell's Half Acre (11 mile round trip).
Awesome 360 degree veiws of Lake Cahuma and Huricane Deck.

8 months ago

Beautiful in the spring when wildflowers are blooming and water is flowing! Great for backpacking and day hikes. Lots of river crossing, so be prepared to get your boots wet!

Not sure if I had a unique experience, but this trail is definitely sketch! It's not hiked very often so the trails is overgrown in a few places leading up to the school house. The trail leaving the schoolhouse east is really hard to see! My friend and I got lost and had to back track. Also, watch out for wild donkeys

11 months ago

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Tuesday, February 09, 2016

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