Getting on/off a bus, driving approximately 1 mile to start of hike. Hiking 3-7 miles roundtrip, approximately 7 hours, to maximum elevation of 3,160 feet; well-maintained dirt path, rocky in places, steady incline; total elevation gain 900 feet.
In the East Valley Ranch dining room, the plated and served breakfast offers choices such as daily specials of blueberry pancakes, omelettes and local farm raised eggs made to order, oatmeal and cold cereals, fresh fruit, milk, juices, coffee, tea, water. After breakfast, we will prepare our own trail lunches (bag lunch) prior to setting off for the day's hike. There will be food selections such as deli meats, tuna, chicken salad, assorted cheeses, fruits, granola, fresh breads, cookies, assorted juices, and bottled water.
We will board a bus and ride to our Education Farm where we will start the hike. The first mile-and-a-half wanders through beautiful forest with a steady incline to the top of Wildcat Mountain. This trail is easy underfoot and ascends 900 feet to the ridge of the mountain. There is no view at the top of this mountain, but the hike will continue down the other side, through a managed forest clear cut. The last mile of the hike down the mountain follows and old log road and is very easy under foot. We will stop for lunch amid the beauty of nature at Frost Valley’s own waterfall, High Falls.
In view of the waterfall, we’ll enjoy the lunches we prepared for ourselves this morning.
After lunch we will explore Frost Valley’s historic home known as The Forstman Castle. We will learn about the history of Julius Forstman’s wealth, home design, and much more. Those who wish to return to the ranch via bus may do so at this point. We will continue hiking along Frost Valley’s private trails, returning to East Valley Ranch with time to freshen up and relax before dinner.
Dining room plated meal.
Evening presentations in our cozy living room include an array of topics ranging from local history, environmental education, performances, and visiting farms.