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Shiloh Ranch Regional Park for a relaxing and short ramble! (Good Exercise)

  • Feb 7, 2014 · 9:30 AM
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Ahhhhh....this is a great place to wander around!  It's a great walk around Shiloh Ranch Regional Park.  Our pace will be steady at our usual avg. of 2.5mph.  It's about 3.5 miles with an elevation gain of around 600 feet.  This will probably take us less than 2 hours to do.  It's a great way to start your day!  It's short and will leave you with plenty of time to continue onto a productive remainder of the day.  For those of you just joining the Wanderers this is a great hike to start on.  It will be a great introduction to our pace and give you a feel for our hike rating system.  This is one of the easiest hikes we do and is rated "good exercise/easy".  It's important that you keep in mind that we rate the hikes based on how hard the hike would be for a moderate hiker.  For someone just starting or returning to hiking this will not seem easy.  It's rated "good exercise" because of the short length and relatively short climb of 600 ft.

We head out on Big Leaf Trail 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.  We continue up the Ridge trail and take a left on South Ridge trail to reach the top of the park and the vista area.  We then continue down on South Ridge to Big Leaf trail to reach the parking area.  This hike does have hills but they are gradual and somewhat rolling.  As long as you are comfortable with hiking on trails and hills this is a great hike for the beginning to intermediate hiker.

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

  • Water
  • Sunblock/Hat
  • Layered clothing as it will start off cool but quickly warm up!
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sorry...no dogs are allowed at Shiloh County Park

FYI--THERE IS A $7.00 PARK ENTRY FEE TO PARK AT THIS PARK.  Thank you for supporting our park system!

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  • Andy E.

    A great short muddy wet hike thank you for showing up.

    February 8, 2014

  • patrick k.

    Very enjoyable muddy hike with a GREAT group of wet weather Wanderers! Thanks a lot, Andy!

    February 7, 2014

  • Shawna

    It's nice to finally have adult friends who'll go walking in the rain. Thanks for hosting, Andy. :-)

    1 · February 7, 2014

  • Marinoly R.

    Amazing hike! There was magic in the air.

    February 7, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Was on my way, but using the wipers too much ... really sorry to have missed this.

    February 7, 2014

  • Nancy

    I got there late but was able to catch up it felt good to walk in the rain. Nice group thank you

    February 7, 2014

  • John H.

    Rain makes such a difference. So many shades of green and fresh adobe. Now where are the flowers and mushrooms?

    February 7, 2014

  • John H.

    Enough mist to curl your hair and reduce the views and make a bit of adobe on the hills. But it was awesome to see the colors and life returning to the area.

    February 7, 2014

  • Nancy

    I am on my way could not find the darn keys see you there

    February 7, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I may be a wee bit late- start without me-

    February 7, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I think I will wait till next week to hike with the group.

    February 7, 2014

  • JoAnn B.

    I am canceling and hiking local Taylor Mtn. in the rain instead

    February 7, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am seeing that a lot of people are cancelling. i am wondering if anyone is still going. It would be my first hike with the group.

    February 7, 2014

    • John H.

      No rain here in Rohnert Park eden on earth. The weather channel says no rain in Santa Rosa until after 11:30 am. If I don't hike, I'll work. I'd rather hike. So see you.

      February 7, 2014

  • John L.

    I know that hiking in the rain can be daunting for those not used to it, or inadequately prepared, but, for those willing to get a little damp, it can be quite sublime with lush vibrant greens, fresh mushrooms and the occasional newt. The rain heightens the fragrances of nature and the muted softness of sound give this park the makeover we've all been longing for.

    1 · February 7, 2014

  • Pam

    Reporting from SWSR: It's raining ! Catch you next time.

    February 7, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    dont want to wimp out, but not having rain gear -- I'm wimping out!

    February 7, 2014

  • Shirley D.

    Hi all. I am up here in Cloverdale. AND WE HAVE RAIN!!! I am opting out.

    February 7, 2014

  • Pam

    Okay, if it's raining when I'm ready to leave my house for the hike, I'm staying put! If not, I'll see you at Shiloh :)

    February 6, 2014

  • Sophie

    Sorry have to cancel... too far for driving in lotsa rain... see you next time.

    February 6, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi- Just to let you know that I will cancel in the am if it's raining. Wishing all of you going to MP a very wonderful time- look forward to seeing pics and hearing tales.

    February 6, 2014

  • Leigh

    The weather report has been updated to forecast quite a bit of rain tomorrow! Fortunately for you that still want to venture out....Andy has stepped up and will lead the hike in the rain. Since it is raining, I have been volunteered (not MY idea) to go take care of some necessary business out in Little River. Have fun all you brave souls that venture out tomorrow. I'll be curious to hear how it was! I hope to see you all at our next Friday Shiloh hike when I get back from the Ecuador/Machu Picchu trek!

    February 6, 2014

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