This quiet, little-visited 120-acre park features a roughly 2.25-mile loop walk through diverse woods and wetlands. Adjacent to a horse stable and arena, the park is often used by horseback riders and features numerous horse jumps (many in disrepair) along its main trail. Manzanita Park is extremely muddy in winter and spring, exacerbated by horses, and is best avoided by hikers during the wet season. However, if you are willing to brave the mud, you’ll be rewarded by an array of wildflowers in spring and summer, as well as a possible owl siting. Blackberry picking is excellent in late summer at the corner of Day Road and the Manzanita access road. Unofficially, dog walkers enjoy this quiet place for off-leash romps, with an ear open for the occasional horse.
Trailhead: Heading west on Day Road, about a quarter mile from Highway 305, turn right at the Manzanita Park sign onto a gravel road and drive a short distance to an open area for parking. A trailhead marker is visible, or you can walk straight beyond the parking area onto the trail at the north end of the loop, passing the horse corral on your right.
Photos by Julie Hall.