First ~1 mile was well packed and went smoothly, then broke trail to about 11,700 feet on the summit ridge. Waist deep postholing in some spots. No snow shoes. Turned back due to time constraints, but nice outing nonetheless.
**Returned exactly 2 years later on 12/24/16 and summited via Manzanita Cyn on snowshoes in deep snow. I was so close the first time!
Fairly steep grade on parts of the trail. Nice views of Wheeler. Four hours round trip at a moderate pace.
Wide variety of scenery along this hike. Approx 3800 ft elevation gain. A nice couple at the summit helped us pick out Wheeler Peak, the Latir Peaks, Culebra and Blanca Peak areas, and the Truchas Peaks.
Hiked up Manzanita Canyon and down a different canyon, then the road back to my car.
Not a soul around to spoil the sweet summit views.
Waited about half an hour at the trail junction below the peak for the hail storm to clear and then summited. Great hike. Several bighorn sheep on the ridge past Italianos.
Nice long and strenuous climb, with lots of stream crossings. The trail marker says 5 miles, making the round trip 10 miles. The maps say the Manzanita trail to be 4.2 miles which I believe ends at the ridge. This would make the ridge to summit distance to be 8/10 of a mile. 10 miles and 3,900 feet elevation gain made for a tough day. The views from the top are awesome and the weather was perfect for Friday the 13th.
The clouds covered the tops of all the peaks in the area and did a treadmill action as they rolled in place. The trail was a bit muddy in spots and the top had a good load of wind. I saw 4 people total on the peak. I started at 9:30 am, summited at 11:30, and returned to the car by 1:00 pm. The experience was great and the weather contributed to a Pacific-NW-like atmosphere.
I thought I was on the Manzanita Trail, but turns out I was on the Yerba Trail (guess thats why the map wasn't making sense). Only saw a few people around the start and then saw no one else the whole hike up. Amazing canyon! So much vegetation and water. Really pretty. I did it solo and started at 10:30 and summited at 1:00pm and then headed over to Perra Peak and then ended up at the road again around 3pm. Very neat area
Hiked up Manzanita Canyon crossing the stream 11 times up (and 11 times down). There was lots of snow above 10500' making for some fun navigation. We ended up hiking straight up a steep slope, gaining the ridge just SW of the summit, but tried to follow the regular route down. We had great success using our kid carrier pack for our first "big" hike with our 5.75 month old baby girl.
Manzanita Canyon is beautiful--so much vegetation, so lush. Great views toward Wheeler and the Rio Grande Gorge. (Unfortunately, the nearby molybdenum mine, too.)
Hiked up Lobo Peak from Manzanita TH. Snow above 10,500 ft, 1+ft deep above 11,200. Nice hike, good weather, great views.
Hiked Manzanita Canyon trail on a very hot day, Well worth it.