The steady grade of the Mt Manuel trail makes it one of my top 10 in the Big Sur Coastal area. Great views of the coast, Big Sur River water shed and wildflowers make for a fantastic hike. 4000' and 14 miles make it great! Although I'm always ready to stop and enjoy the views,this is a strenuous hike. Conditions may range from fog to heat but I expect the coastal wildflowers are finally ready. Dress in layers and bring plenty of water. Trail can be overgrown in places! Meet at Sears 41st ave before 7:15 or before 8:00 at the Rio Road park and ride. This is an all day event, plan for it!