This trek through Shiloh will take us through the 'back loop', but will not include the high vista point. While there are no extreme climbs, there is definitely some elevation gain involved, and is a slight bit longer than the 'vista loop' hike. Due to the quality of the back loop trail, it is recommended for the sure-footed.
Our pace will be relaxed and steady. It's about 3.5 miles with an elevation gain of around 900 feet (with all the ups and downs). This will take us us about 1:45 hours. It's a great way get a good stretch in after work, and still leave time to get home for dinner.
We head out on Big Leaf Trail immediately left to the Ridge Trail north and quickly take a left onto Creekside trail for a walk up a canyon under shady pines and oaks. After leaving the canyon we enter a grassy valley complete with a scenic pond.
Circling around the backside of the meadow, we catch the Ridge Trail (again) LEFT about 200 yards or so, then head off on the less used Canyon Trail. Here we will wind up and down into little canyons, oaks, slowly making a climb out of the back canyon where we pick up the Big Leaf trail to take us back to the parking lot.
It's a short hike, but as always it is a good idea to come prepared with the following:
- Layered clothing - even if it is a warm day, sometimes it cools off quickly as the sun gets low and our coastal climate moves in.
- Comfortable walking shoes
FYI - There is a $7.00 parking fee, but there is ample street parking adjacent to the park entrance.