Live as much as possible in the open air, stay as short a time as possible in stuffy places, and avoid unhealthy smells as far as you can.

Edmond Szekely, “Cosmos, Man and Society,” 1936

Hikes & Walks

All hikes are guided and traverse various areas of our 3,000-acre property, from meadows and streamsides to high up into the boulder-garden foothills of Mt. Kuchumaa, where the red-tails and ravens soar.


Note: Hiking boots or hiking shoes with lugged tread are strongly recommended on all mountain hikes.

 Moderate Hikes

Dove Hike

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A little over a mile long, this silent hike gently climbs the first ridge of our mountains to a lovely meditation area. It then winds back down to Kuchumaa Passage, leaving hikers another time for reflection. A great introduction to the mountain.

Organic Garden Breakfast Hike

Accordion 125x100_hikes_breakfastA 4-mile round trip trek over rolling hills to La Cocina Que Canta, our culinary center and organic farm. Enjoy a garden breakfast, followed by a garden tour with our resident horticulturist. If you don’t wish to walk, transportation to La Cocina Que Canta is offered one day during the week and may be arranged through the concierge. (Back by 9 a.m.) 

Quail One Hike

Accordion 125x100_hikes_quail1A 2-mile lowland hike over undulating terrain; also a perfect hike for someone who is not quite ready for the mountain or would like to have a lighter hiking day. (Optional .5-mile hill to base of mountain) 

Woodlands Hike

Accordion 125x100_hikes_woodlandsA 2-mile lowland hike meandering through the river basin among the oaks; great for beginners or those wishing to pace themselves for a full day of exercise. (Sometimes offered as a silent hike) 

Challenging Hikes

Alex’s Oak Trail

Accordion 125x100_hikes_AlexOakA 2-mile hike climbing about 350 feet in elevation to Alex’s Oak before looping back down. 

Mountain Hike (Pilgrim Trail)

Accordion 125x100_hikes_PilgrimA 3.5-mile mountain hike up the Pilgrim Trail (700 ft. gain) and returning downhill via the Professor’s Trail. 

Mountain Hike (Professor’s Trail)

Accordion 125x100_hikes_ProfessA 3.3-mile loop mountain hike over moderately steep terrain with a 700 ft. elevation gain. 

Quail Two Hike

Accordion 125x100_hikes_quail 2A 2.5-mile hike that winds across the meadow and along a stream before climbing up to the base of the mountain. Returns via the oak grove. (an extension of “Quail One” Hike)

Roadrunner Trail Run

Accordion 125x100_hikes_rrunnerChallenge yourself to a three, four, or five mile run on our lowland trail, which weaves through serene meadows and chaparral.  This is a great training run if you are preparing for a race. The run is not offered as a group class, so it is available anytime you wish to go.

Very Challenging Hikes

Coyote Hike

Accordion 125x100_hikes_coyoteA 5.5-mile strenuous hike winding up the mountain between the Pilgrim and the Professor routes and then looping back along the flanks of Mt. Kuchumaa. Elevation gain of 800+ feet. (This hike offers a 4-mile option.) 

Raven Hike

Accordion 125x100_ravenA 4.5 mile strenuous mountain hike with an initial one mile climb followed by ups and downs before a progressive climb before the final descent. (3.5 mile option) 

Seven-Mile Mountain Breakfast Hike

Accordion 125x100_hikes_7mileA group-paced hike of 3½ hours over steep, rugged terrain—3.5 miles out, stop for breakfast, and 3.5 miles back. Breakfast is provided in a daypack. Sign-up required. “Pilgrim” or “Professor’s” hikes are a prerequisite. 


Art Walk

Accordion 125x100_walks_artJoin our resident artist for a walking tour that highlights some of the museum-quality Mexican folk art and contemporary sculptures on display throughout the Ranch. 

Bird Walk

Accordion 125x100_walks_birdA guided stroll during which you’ll identify and learn about local and migrating birds of the season.Binoculars provided. 

History Walk

History WalkA guided tour around the Ranch focusing on the evolution of Rancho La Puerta from its earliest days. Hear stories of the people and events that were instrumental in creating the Ranch of today. 

Landscape Garden Walk

Accordion 125x100_walks_landscapeTour the central grounds with our naturalist and learn about the historic, practical, and aesthetic reasons for the Ranch’s xeriscape (low-water-use) gardens. 

Nature Walk

Accordion 125x100_walks_natureTake an easy stroll to learn about natural landscapes, native plants, wild flowers, and the ecosystems surrounding the Ranch. Learn how indigenous Baja people used their habitat for food, medicine, tools, shelter, and ceremony.  


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Each week has a number of special events (see below). These take place in addition to the full slate of classes and activities led by our resident staff.
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