With 600 acres of pristine natural surroundings and a firm belief in the restorative powers of the Great Outdoors, we offer an extensive menu of hiking activities. From shorter hikes on level fields to aggressive up-hill hikes sure to test and improve cardio-fitness, our hiking program is designed to get you up and going. We think you will enjoy the scenery so much that you will hardly notice the effort!
BAMBOO MEDITATION WALK
Meet poolside at the Tori Gate to walk the meadow and sacred bamboo grove in contemplative silence, allowing your inner self and the natural world to reflect each other. A sharing round of special moments completes the experience
BLUE JAY MOUNTAIN HIKE
Our most challenging hike ascends the mountain's west-side Bobcat trail to connect with Meditation Hill and to the long, steep incline to the peak with a stunning view of the Pacific and the valley below. Return down the east side via partial switchbacks to mountain road. (6 miles)
BOBCAT MOUNTAIN HIKE
Warm up on Roadrunner before the challenge begins on Bobcat where switchbacks ascend the west side of our mountain where your efforts are rewarded with cool breezes and views of the Pacific Ocean. On Tuesday, we offer a modified "Baby Bobcat" which progresses to a slightly more challenging version on Thursday before the full Bobcat on Saturday. (3-4 miles)
This workout will challenge even the fittest individual. Push yourself to exciting limits in a spirit of teamwork. Mix push-ups, lunges, and crunches with cardio intervals like running, jumping, and skipping.
BULLFROG MOUNTAIN HIKE
Ascending the shorter, but more challenging Coyote switchbacks, this hike winds through open fields of huge boulders carved by the weather into smooth spheres and other fascinating shapes before descending via the mountain road. (5 miles)
CROW MOUNTAIN HIKE
The challenging mountain road begins a scenic hike with views of the Pacific and valley below before descending Meditation Hill and the switchback trails. (5.5 miles)
DOVE MOUNTAIN HIKE
Up the mountain road straight to the summit lake, then off on a large loop through the avocado groves with a panoramic view of mist-shrouded hills, distant mountains, and the Pacific Ocean. Return via Meditation Hill and Coyote switchbacks. (5 miles)
EAGLE ROCK MOUNTAIN HIKE
Ascend the mountain road to the summit and wind through the avocado groves to two huge boulders, one in the shape of an eagle's head. Continue over some sizeable hills before returning via the switchbacks. (5.5 miles)
GRATITUDE LABYRINTH HIKE
This 3-miles hike pauses at the mountaintop lake to offer an optional meditative walk through the Classical Seven Circuit labyrinth designed with large river rocks to outline the earthen path. A drive-up option which includes a gentle or moderate walk at the top is available.
A light, level walk on flat terrain past our bamboo grove to the 1/4-mile meadow loop, amid towering eucalyptus trees, owls and hawks are frequently heard and occasionally seen. (1-2 miles)
A slow-paced, silent journey up steep steps and switchback trails to a clearing high above the valley. Flow through the gentle movements of Tai Chi, then walk the labyrinth before breakfast in the dining room where you may share, if you wish, your personal experiences of this morning.
Take to the "green gym" in this outdoor total body workout that weaves cardio (run or walk intervals in the meadow) with strength exercises that are adjustable for challenging to moderate fitness levels. Be inspired with spirited teamwork and encouragement to amp up your fitness potential.
QUAIL MOUNTAIN HIKE
Rolling terrain with moderate inclines and steps, through chaparral-covered hillsides featuring native plants including buckwheat, manzanita, sage, ceanothus, and red monkey flower. An optional half-mile upper loop is added mid-week for increased challenge. (2.5 - 3.5 miles)
RED-TAIL HAWK MOUNTAIN HIKE
Take a challenging mountain road up the east side of the mountain before branching off on our newest trail - a short climb to a breath-taking 360-degree view at the highest point on our mountain. Return down the west side via Bobcat, Roadrunner and Quail. (5 miles)
ROADRUNNER MOUNTAIN HIKE
Meanders gently through citrus groves and up gradual inclines past prickly pear cactus and pomegranate bushes before looping back through the meadow. Walk with awareness and you may spot our resident roadrunner. (2.5 - 3.5 miles)
SATURDAY CHALLENGE: MOUNTAIN MEDLEY
Begin with the vigorous Blue Jay hike then, following a stop for refreshing orange slices with a spectacular view, continue on a moderate trek on sections of all the week's trails to appreciate the new level of endurance you have achieved. (8 miles)