Take a hike! Don't worry, today it's a good thing to tell your spa-goers because it's National Take a Hike Day. Here are just a few ways spas are helping clients explore the great outdoors with these notable hikes:
- Organic Garden Breakfast Hike—A four-mile round trip trek over rolling hills to La Cocina Que Canta, the Ranch's culinary center and organic six-acre farm. Enjoy a garden breakfast, followed by a garden tour with the resident horticulturist at Rancho La Puerta (Tecate, Mexico).
- Quail Two—A 2.5-mile hike that winds across the meadow and along a stream before climbing up to the base of the mountain. Then, hikers return via the oak grove.
- Coyote Hike—A 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 back to Rancho La Puerta. This walk includes an elevation gain of 800+ feet.
- Sunrise Pu‘u Pehe Hike—Enjoy an early morning hike from Four Seasons Resorts Lana'i to the summit overlooking one of Lāna‘i’s most recognizable landmarks, Pu‘u Pehe, also known as Sweetheart Rock. Learn the legend behind Pu‘u Pehe, how Shark Bay got its name and why there are so many holes in the ground along the way. All this, while witnessing what may possibly be the most beautiful sunrise ever, folks on Lāna‘i say. The moderate hike is approximately 75 minutes, give or take time spent snapping pictures.
- Kapiha‘ā Trail Hike—Once used by the ancient Hawaiians, the Fisherman’s trail as it’s also known, offers a glimpse of life in the past. Watch as one of the largest blow holes on Lāna‘i shoots into the sky, Mother Nature permitting. This adventure concludes as guests make their way through the actual ruins of Kapiha‘ā Village, established 600 years ago on Lāna‘i. The hike averages 90 minutes, and is moderate, but can be challenging in certain areas so relaxing at Four Seasons Resorts Lana'i upon returning is a popular choice.
- A short 15 minute drive from Surf & Sand Resort (Laguna Beach, CA) places guests amid some of the destination’s finest trails. The Aliso & Wood Canyons Regional Park is home to Aliso Canyon, which is an intermediate level hike, stretching on a 20 mile singletrack with elevation up to 126 feet. For the more experienced hiker, trek through miles of coastal wilderness with resort partner, La Vida Laguna. If you prefer to take on the trails without guidance, the three options include the Laguna Summit, the Dartmoor Loop and Laurel Canyon. The Laguna Summit starts at the downtown Festival of Arts and ascends behind the Water Tank Trail. The climb continues to expand up the ridge line with breathtaking views of the ocean south to Laguna. The Dartmoor Loop is also deemed a vigorous, intermediate hike, climbing from sea level to ridge. This trail offers spectacular views with Saddleback Mountain to the east and Catalina island to the west. The Laurel Canyon trail is regarded as an easier intermediate hike in the heart of the Laguna Coast Wilderness Park.
What outdoor adventure options are near your spa?