Hike the Land of Medicine Buddha Loop

6.2 Miles Round Trip - 900 ft gain - Loop Trail

Land of the Medicine Buddha Trail - Search Nearby - Added by Caitlin Losi

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.

The Land of the Medicine Buddha is closed all day on Saturdays, open from 12pm-5pm on Sundays, and is open on weekdays from 8am-6pm. 

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Hiking
Bathrooms
Easy Parking
Forest
Scenic

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6.2 Miles
900 ft elevation gain
Loop Trail

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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.