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A Hiker’s Paradise

November 11, 2015

Flanked by the Pacific Ocean to the west and the Sierra Laguna mountains to the east, Tres Santos is surrounded by a diverse landscape that offers hikers a remarkably wide range of experiences that includes the beach, neighborhood trails and mountains. “Three separate and very different hiking areas are all accessible directly from the community,” says marketing director Wayne Trudeau. “I expected nothing more than flat, hot desert, but there’s so much more. And the ocean breeze keeps temperatures surprisingly comfortable.”

To provide access for community members, Tres Santos created 30 miles of single-track trails that begin within Tres Santos’ hillside neighborhood, wind through a desert flatland and end up on a series of switchbacks within the Sierra Lagunas Mountains. It’s a tough climb: although the mountains top out at 7,000 feet, their sea-level foundation equals a grueling uphill challenge. “On most trails out west, you’re at 2,000-5,000 feet before you’ve set foot on the trail,” explains Trudeau. “Here, it’s a long way to the top.”

Hikers who prefer to stay at one altitude can stroll along the 3 mile-long vehicle-free pathway that leads from the town farm to the beach, a miles-long stretch of sand and endless Pacific blue, where, from October through mid-March, humpback and gray whales can be spotted from the shoreline as they make their way from Alaska to the calm waters surrounding the Baja peninsula. To the south, paths meandering up and down pleated coastal slopes lead to Punta Lobos and its colony of sea lions, Todos Santos’ Old Port and Las Palmas beach. Head out in the morning, and you’ll be able to watch the local fishermen as they take their traditional panga boats into the sea in search of dorado, tuna and marlin. The daily ritual, which involves each boat pulling another through the surf until the entire fleet has launched, has remained unchanged for generations. It’s a site not many visitors to the region have the opportunity to experience. “The seamless connection between Todos Santos and Tres Santos is intentional,” says Trudeau. “The hiking trails are one way we’re encouraging our guests to create those experiences for themselves. Exploring a place on your own, at your own pace and with your own intention is what creates a connection that’s real and true. And that’s our goal.”

Hiking in Todos Santos- Tres Santos

Hiking in Todos Santos- Tres Santos

Hiking in Todos Santos- Tres Santos

Hiking in Todos Santos- Tres Santos

Hiking in Todos Santos- Tres Santos

Hiking in Todos Santos- Tres Santos

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