San Rafael Wilderness
San Rafael Wilderness camp located 14.5 miles from Nira. Beautiful camp with incredible rock formations. Deck Trail heads west from the camp, making a loop trip a possibility.
Elevation: Google Earth says 3165'
Facilities: Rock fire ring; no table. A small camp but room enough for a large single group. A bit crowded for multiple groups.
I absolutely love Whilte Ledge Camp. Every year a trip to White Ledge would be a "must do" trip with my students. The usual patter for me for a three-day trip is to get a head start the day before, hike in to Fish Creek or Ray's Camp and then make it to White Ledge on the first of the three days. That would provide a layover day and a full day to hike back to Nira along the Hurrican Deck Trail.
White Ledge is a great camp because there are a huge number of boulder fields and rock areas to explore, downstream from where the trail crosses the creek, the canyon begins to drop off steeply. A hundred yards down there is a nice waterfall and pool and more even further down the creek. A favorite thing to do on layover day then was to hike dwon the trail to Lonnie Davis, explore a bit of the South Fork area and then return back by heading stright up the creek. The creek route involves plenty of rock scrambling but it was always a blast to do.
From camp if you head almost due north up and around the cliff that hangs over the camp where it bends around the corner, you'll find a series of rock flats and neat rocks to explore. On one of the Sisquoc Loop trips I did with Dave Weaver, I walked over to the top of a horseshoe-shaped rock ledge with a dropoff of aobut 10'. I got down on my stomach to peer over the edge because it was slightly overhung to see if I might find a rock art rite or something else of interest. As I looked over the edge almost immediately below me and peering back up was a mother bear and her cub. They took off to the north and I hightalied it back towards camp. What a surprise!
11/25/14. Nice campsite at the junction of the Manzana and Hurricane Deck Trails. Campsites for a small to medium group of backpackers. Rock fire ring. One Fire shovel. No water by the camp.
Jim Blakley Notes
This camp is located at the east end of Hurricane Deck at the junction of the Manzana Trail 30W13 and the Hurricane Deck Trail 30W14. The area gets its name from the numerous expanses of white sandstone that often form Iong ledges.
At one time there were grated stoves. Seasonal water is available from the creek.
Bob Burtness Notes
Administration: Los Padres National Forest, Santa Lucia District Access: I I miles above Nira Camp via the Manzana Trail (30W 13) where it intersects with the Hurricane Deck Trail (30WI4). U.S. Forest Service map coordinates: J-16 Topographical map: Hurricane Deck Elevation: 3,200 feet (975 meters) Terrain: canyon Vegetation: scattered pines Tables: one Stoves: 2 (grated) Water: White Ledge Creek (seasonal)
Historical Highlights: This camp was named after the nearby white ledges or cliffs.