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EVENING at Shiloh - Vista Loop (Good Exercise)

THIS IS THE LAST 5PM Start time this year. Daylight saving ends this weekend. :-(

Ahhhhh....this is a great place to wander around!

This is what I call the "Vista Loop" which provides the easiest climb, and allows those not familiar with Shiloh the opportunity to get up to the vista point to see great views of from northern Santa Rosa to Fitch Mountain in Healdsburg.

It's a quick mellow walk around Shiloh Ranch Regional Park. Our pace will be relaxed and steady. 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 get a good stretch in after work, and still leave time to get home for dinner.

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 - 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 PARK ENTRY FEE TO PARK AT THIS PARK. Thank you for supporting our park system!

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  • Pam

    Wonderful as usual :) Thanks!

    November 2, 2012

  • Don

    Going to miss these evening hikes during the winter.....this is why I like the summer more!
    Thanks to Richard for all the postings.

    November 2, 2012

  • Jim

    The weather and company were perfect for the last 5:00 PM hike of the year. The after party was great, too.

    November 1, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    And met yet some more new and wonderful people...Richard promises this is NOT the last!

    November 1, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hopefully, you got mine in time. I just got home, and not enough time to get it together. Sorry. I don't have an iPhone or access to a fancy phone to email earlier. Actually, I don't use a cell.

    November 1, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will attend for scattered showers. Singin in the rain....

    November 1, 2012

  • Richard M

    Hi All. If you are a fairer weather hiker and decide not to join us, please change your RSVP by 4:00, as I will be printing out the attendee list just past four. Even if it is coming down, excluding something like they had on the east coast, you will see me out there. But for the forecast of some scattered showers, even if some are intense, I will be out there. - r

    October 31, 2012

  • Jim

    I want to bring a guest that I met at another meet up group. Is that OK?

    October 31, 2012

    • Richard M

      No problem. Please change your rsvp to +1 so it will be reflected in the head count. Thanks. - r

      October 31, 2012

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