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EVENING at Shiloh - Vista Loop (Good Exercise)

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 about an hour and a half. 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 park entry fee to park at this park, but alternatively, there is generally ample free parking along the road at the park entrance.

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  • Shirley D.

    The weather was perfect as well as the beautiful sunset. You can't ask for more.

    March 13, 2013

  • DEBI C.

    Camaraderie Central!

    March 13, 2013

  • Anita O.

    Great hike on a beautifull evening.
    Thank you Richard for organizing.

    March 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    picture perfect night!

    March 12, 2013

  • Kathie B.

    Thank you Richard for the first spring evening hike! Great to see everyone and share a sunset.

    March 12, 2013

  • Pam

    Awesome as usual :) Thank you Richard for getting our evening hikes going again!!! Such a great way to wrap up the day...

    March 12, 2013

  • gretchen

    Computer problems all day. I might have to work instead, if they can be resolved. I'll be there on time if I can make it.

    March 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I look forward to joining you on this hike- which will be my first with this group!

    March 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Yay! they're back! next time....

    March 11, 2013

  • Shirley D.

    Nice change to hike this area with a different sunlight.

    March 11, 2013

  • Don

    I knew, I knew it! As soon as Daylight Saving started, Richard would start posting again. I missed those "after work" hikes. Unfortunately tomorrow night, I'm about to start some tennis with some friends, but if we cancel, I'll be at Shiloh. Great to get started on this again and some nice weather too! See you OTT.........

    March 11, 2013

  • Pam

    YAY! :) I've missed these evening hikes!

    March 11, 2013

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