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Seven Mile Breakfast Hike

The smell of fresh white sage gently greets and awakens me. My fellow hikers and I are bathed in the coolness of pre-dawn light as we begin a  Seven-Mile Mountain Breakfast Hike. We had picked up our brown bag breakfasts earlier from the dining hall and strapped on the provided daypack as we made our way to the trail.  Though there’s about a baker’s dozen of us hikers of various abilities, we have all completed the “Pilgrim” or “Professor’s” hikes as prerequisites to this seven-mile jaunt. We are ready to enjoy the views and get a brisk walk before shifting into our day.

This group-paced hike takes us over ridges with vast views looking west as the sun rises over the hills behind us. We walk past wind-hollowed boulders, and at the top of a hill the sun meets us after we hike out of a canyon to our breakfast spot, about three and a half miles into our trip. It’s a 20-minute break to relax, enjoy the view and eat delicious fresh fruit and yoghurt, a breakfast burrito, and if we are still hungry, a peanut butter sandwich. On the journey home, our two guides are like bookends, leading and following us on either end of the group. To conclude the trek, they guide us through a quick stretch at the balance bars.

A few notes to consider before heading out on any of the mountain hikes:

  • Preferably wear sturdy footwear with lug soles
  • Carry and drink plenty of water
  • Stay on the trail with the group
  • Be realistic and know your limits
  • Try an easier hike first, such as Quail One
  • Wear sunscreen

For more information on this or other hikes visit our hiking page:

Enjoy the journey!

For more information on this or other hikes visit our hiking page:


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Celebrating Mexico’s Independence day

Exploring the traditions and culture of Mexico is part of the Rancho La Puerta experience. In honor of Mexico’s Independence day, The Ranch threw a fiesta. Mexico’s Independence Day commemorates September 16, 1810, when priest Miguel Hidalgo made the cry, “Viva Mexico,” in the town of … Continue reading


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Adobe Gaudalupe

Recently I had the extraordinary opportunity to visit Adobe Guadalupe, a winery in the Guadalupe Valley wine region in Mexico. It is a short 45 minute drive from The Ranch. This winery is a gem that surpassed all expectations I … Continue reading



Origins of the Ranch, Part III

Our story to date: Rancho La Puerta co-Founder Edmond Szekely, in Tahiti on a scientific health expedition, meets Purcell Weaver in 1934. Weaver, a young Englishman suffering from ill health, solves his health problems under Szekely’s tutelage, and becomes Szekely’s … Continue reading


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Origins of the Ranch, Part II

  Feeling better following Edmond’s Szekely’s health plan, Purcell Weaver begins working for Edmond as a translator in Tahiti…and plans for the future take form. The following story is from Purcell Weaver’s Preface to Edmond Szekely’s book “Man, Cosmos & … Continue reading



7 Mile Breakfast Hike

One of the most unique and amazing experiences at the Ranch is the 7 Mile Breakfast Hike.  Cool because, number one, you’ve done a complete seven mile workout by 9am, the views are incredible and oh, breakfast.  There’s something about … Continue reading


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