Let's visit Ramakrishna Monastery. This is a scenic peaceful place and we will have a relax short hike with outdoor basic stretching yoga.
YOU ARE ALL INVITED and if you are new to yoga, we will practice qigong or very basic yoga for beginners
MEETING TIME AND PLACE: At 2 - 2:05 PM at the trailhead
Duration: about 2 - 3 hours for both hike and optional yoga
Distance and Elevation: about 4.3+ miles, including the Shrine trail and 600ft gain. There is a hill for a 360 degree view that is not going to the monastery, but on the way for those who like an extra workout (1 extra mile RT with 200+ft gain/lost)
General Rating/Difficulty: Level 1+ (Slow-Moderate Pace) for distance and elevation. Click RATING TABLE to learn more about hike levels
WHAT TO BRING Water, a hat, sun screen, a beach towel or a yoga mat. The monastery has a bookstore offering books on Vedanta, and incense. There is no cost, but they put out a donation box. Open hours: from 9AM to 11AM and from 3PM to 5PM.
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5. New Year, 2009: Photos
THE ROUTE : with a special short trail: the Shrine trail about a mile in the monastery ground. From the trailhead, a path goes beside a former nursery, then up a small hill, curving into gentle hills and meadows. When we come to a paved road, we turn left, and walk onto the Ramakrishna Monastery buildings area. There you can find shade, rest, bathroom break, water and see the nice view. Afterward, we will continue on a circular path around the monastery grounds which has several pleasant spots honoring all religions. This a relatively easy day hike, having elevation gain of only 600 feet, but you do go up and down on the hills a bit. The ashram grounds provides a trail around the property which has several scenic rest spots which honor the major world religions.
DIRECTIONS FROM THE MEETING PLACE:
1. From I-5 south to El Toro Road and take it east 8 miles. Turn right at Valley Vista, just before Live Oak Canyon Rd, curve right at Meadow Ridge, drive to the end at corner of Meadow Ridge Dr and Chisholm Trail
2. Alternative in case El Toro Rd is traffic: From 5 Frwy, exit Bake Pkwy, turn left, go East for about 5+miles, turn right at Portola, skip the first light, turn left at Glenn Ranch Rd, drive to the end, turn left to El Toro Rd, keep on the right lane, turn right at Valley Vista, just before Live Oak Canyon Rd, curve right at Meadow Ridge, drive to the end at corner of Meadow Ridge Dr and Chisholm Trail
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