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5:30 High Cardio Shiloh Ridge (Moderate!) After Gathering: Lorena's Larkfield

A Double Loop version of our High Cardio Ridge Shiloh hike - it will provide a workout!

Back by popular request.  It's unclear if Richard or David or both will be leading this, but we will meet as usual on Wednesday evenings.

NEW: After our hike, join us at Lorena's Mexican Restaurant in Larkfield for dinner, beers or chips.  They have great pico de galo.  It's in the Molsberry's/Larkfield Shopping Center at 600 Larkfield Ctr,Santa Rosa, CA 95403.  (To the right and around the corner from the market.)  It is 2 miles south of the trail head.

This trek through Shiloh covers it all. This is not a beginner's ramble! If you are just starting out hiking, please consider the 'standard' or Vista Shiloh hike or a Foothill hike. This time we will loop up and into the park twice on an effective 'double loop', but with very minimal overlap on our loops.

In a counter clock-wise direction from the parking lot, we will head up the Big Leaf trail, but branch off of this to the back Canyon Trail, taking us along a narrow path through the deep oaks of back Shiloh. Climbing out of the canyon we will head left at the "T", as we head to the pond (look for frogs) and down Creekside Trail, nearly to the parking area. But as Creekside trail hits Ridge, up we go up the parks steepest climb, this time past the Vista point. From the top, we will then head back down Big Leaf, returning to our starting point.

Total distance add up to about 6.3 miles with an elevation gain of around 1,200 feet (a guess).  This will take us us about 2+ hours.  It's a great way get a good solid workout in after work, and still leave time to get home for dinner.


It's a short hike, but as always it is a good idea to come prepared with the following:

  • Water
  • Sunblock/Hat
  • 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.

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  • Gerald S.

    Definitely a workout after an 8-hour day, but the Wanderers make it fun and worthwhile. The cooler temp. was nice. Thanks, Richard and David!

    July 11, 2013

    • Richard M

      Re the temperature. Yes, you are welcome, we often try to make it cooler (at our whim). ; ).

      July 13, 2013

  • Pam

    Well! THAT was certainly quite a workout, and very much worth it with a nice dinner to finish it up. Thank you for being patient while I engaged in another opportunity to polish up my position as the trail caboose.

    1 · July 10, 2013

    • Don

      You did fine Pam.

      1 · July 11, 2013

  • Don

    What can I say..great evening for a nice hike and Mexican food and beer after with good friends. Life is good! Thanks everyone.

    July 11, 2013

  • Trish

    Great hike, great workout! It was fun socializing at Lorena's...a beautiful night....Thanks Richard and David!

    July 10, 2013

  • Margaret

    Not sure if I'll make it, so will remove myself, but might see y'all somewhere there....

    July 10, 2013

  • Ken

    Won't be back from Tahoe in time to make the hike.

    July 10, 2013

  • Richard M

    Fortunately some wanderers at the 4th of July picnic said I was co-leading this, otherwise, well, who knows. See you there!

    July 5, 2013

  • Lynda K.

    5:30 too early for me so I will arrive late and see you on the trail and after gathering!

    July 3, 2013

  • Don

    Mexican food with beer and a good hike? I'm in!

    July 3, 2013

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