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Owl's Roost, Meadow Vista and Frontier Loop

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Weimar Institute Trails

Owl's Roost, Meadow Vista and Frontier Loop is a 3.1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Weimar, California that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options.

Length 3.1 mi Elevation gain 633 ft Route type Loop
Kid friendly Hiking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Running Forest River Wild flowers Wildlife
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Ruth Hinds
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Our family loved it! The canopy of twisty trees is whimsical and mysterious. The shade kept us comfortable. One thing to note: after you pass the amphitheater, make sure you take the trail labeled Owls Roost, not Frontier Trail. I was following the map with GPS so I was able to correct after a short while. The best part, we didn't see a single person the whole time on a Sunday afternoon. Wonderfully private and secluded.

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Kylie Walker
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this was a bit of a wild hike. first you show up and park at a nice Christian University. we passed a runner who decided to not run there as there was an errie vibe, so I was glad there was two of us. the forest is overgrown in some areas and very quiet.. there is also an Interesting cemetery with very old graves. all in all the trail was an absolute trip but enjoyable none the less

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Ryan Steward
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Watch for tic’s if you take your dog other than that it’s very nice hike

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Ray Fox
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First, let's set a few things straight. This hike is primarily known as Frontier Loop, with Owl's Roost Trail being just a small part of the trek. That's important simply because if you need to ask someone where this this trail is, they may not have even heard of Owl's Roost, but they'll likely know the Frontier Loop. And it's very possible you'll need help locating this trail, as the directions in the AllTrails app are pretty minimal once you approach the destination. The directions will take you to what appears to be private property, kind of a complex of Weimar businesses, or perhaps one big Weimar Campus Church complex. We followed the road up and to the left, and wound up in a gravel parking area. It's not marked, but if you park and go down the hill to the right a bit, you'll come across a flume (a structure with water flowing in it), and the Frontier Loop trail is just beyond it. Once on the Frontier Loop, you'll eventually come across the Owl's Roost Trail. The geolocation feature in the AllTrails app's map was invaluable in making sure we were on the right track, literally. Overall, this adventure was disappointing. This hike is marked as having a "lake," which in reality is a pool of sewage treatment water. My kids and I wore our swim trunks in the hope of jumping in the lake midway through a hot summer hike. I would not advise jumping in the sewage pond. It is a treesy hike, which is nice and shady during the summer, with plenty of beautiful manzanita bark to admire. But nearly the entire first half of the trail is downhill, which means that during the return half of the hike, when you're hot and tired, you'll be trudging uphill almost the entire way back. And it's fairly steep. Wasn't too difficult for my 12-year-old, but my 9-year-old was not thrilled, and I found myself dragging him up the hill like a badly packed duffle bag. The trail itself was in good condition, with only a small part of the southeast section feeling a bit overgrown. However, most of the trail signs had been pulled out of the ground, and were merely leaned into what one would *hope* was the proper position. Luckily, additional metal signage displaying bold arrows have been added to the trail which should help you find your way back. One of these arrows was especially helpful as we were leaving the amphitheater area and trying to pick which of three trails would lead us back. Near the bottom of the loop is what appears to be rows of wooden seats for an amphitheater. The area isn't terribly scenic, but the benches provide a decent place to have your lunch. There are a handful of benches strewn along the trail on the eastern stretch of the loop which might prove to be more scenic for your snack breaks. Oddly, there are no benches (that I recall) on the western stretch, but if you're doing the loop counter-clockwise like we were, the western stretch is downhill so you probably won't need to take a breather on a bench. As I mentioned earlier, the trail was a little disappointing, and I doubt we'll return. Gnats plagued us persistently throughout the hike. Maybe that's a seasonal thing, but in mid-August, it was a bummer. One plus was that we saw, maybe, three other people on the trail, so if solitude is what you're after, you might find it here. But for us, sweeter trails await.

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Christian Erickson
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Robyn Krock
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Jason Fassler
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Meike G
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Avelin Bermudez
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Avelin Bermudez
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Nicolas Cecotto
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B Lusk
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Jamie Nolen
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Micah Hayes
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Joy Knight
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Charlie Biegel
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Heidi Brink
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