Hike the Land of Medicine Buddha Loop
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The 'Enchanted Forest" loop at the Land of Medicine Buddha in Soquel starting an environmentally conscious meditation and retreat center, here there are a series of sacred terraces with prayer wheels, chimes and a gong.
There are two trail options at the center. The short trail called "Eight Verses Pilgrimage Trail," offers people the opportunity to meditate on thought transformation in a peaceful and picturesque outdoor setting.
As you walk up the driveway to LMB from the wooden bridge, enter a wide, unmarked path on your left. It begins in climbing ivy and follows a deeply-trenched, shallow stream for the first mile. A mile in, cross over the creek and begin a short, undulating climb. A mile from the creek crossing (about an hour into the hike), an unmarked trail on the left slips into Nisene Marks State Park via the West Ridge Trail. Keep right to continue along the loop.
At the next intersection, a mile farther, stay right again. Four miles into the hike, you’ll reach a third split marked with a more vivid set of prayer flags. Turn left here to enter the Enchanted Forest.
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What a wonderful spot with a tranquil trail to follow through the forest. Definitely many forks, so it's difficult to be certain that you're on the right one. Only downside was the others on the trail who were speaking very loudly... I imagine this gets busy on the weekends.
Medicine Buddha Loop
The resort/trail head wasn't hard to get to; we got there early enough that we could park quite close but if you get there later you might have to do a bit of driving around to find a parking place. The trails were nice and we found lots of things to climb on. Some of it was flat but there are a lot of inclines and declines. Also, bring a trail map! Or at least make sure you know where you're going; we took a wrong turn thinking it would go back to where we'd been before and instead ended up at a different fork that went somewhere completely different.
Easy Hike For A Date
There's multiple trails to choose from that are super easy and they are connected to the main retreat center. Lots of main features around the trail that are great picturesque spots for the typical social Media person 8 verses of thought transformation is a very short loop that provides a talking foundation to indirectly get insight of another person and how they perceive the world. I took a date here and it was very insightful. WARNING! Beginning April, 1, 2016 Due to the increased popularity they have changed their hours that are open to the public as it is a retreat center. Saturday : closed to the public all day Sunday : closed to the public until noon
Peaceful & Insightful
There are multiple trails available, and each offers some great easy hiking with some areas that are great for some quiet reflection. The site is very weathered, though great care is put into the main features.
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This is a great find. We saw it on the map it was on the way from Mendocino to our next stop, Napa Valley. So glad we took the time to visit.