In June, 2002, Tony and I took an overnighter to Manzana Schoolhouse. It was slated to be quite a hot weekend - up into the 90s. I think June is about the latest I would ever want to go back in this area because it is just too darn hot and dry. We started early so that we could get to camp by noon and then rest in the shade the rest of the day.
Although this trail is in the Wilderness area, there are roads and buildings along the way. We saw people driving a truck and an ATV. There are private property signs and gates. This hike is like a cultural resources walk. There are historic landmarks, old homesteads and schoohouses and graves along the way.
The start of the trail.
This little horse didn't look very friendly. He wanted to charge me. Later, he ate Tony's corn chips.
This is Wheat Peak, across the river from the camp. The rivers, both the Sisquoc and the Manzana which meet here, were dry.
Here's where we found enough water to fill up our bottles. Note the little bird nest on the boulder.
The topo also shows a grave. Information at the homestead (I didn't get up there) notes that the grave is for little Bessy Wheat who died as a child in 1901.
This is in the morning looking toward the east. Hurricane Deck trail begins here, as does the trail for doing the Sisquoc Loop - the big circle going from Nira to White Ledge to Southfork around behind Hurricane Deck along the Sisquoc River, to Manzana Schoolhouse, and back to Nira.