10.3-mile loop – Moderate-to-strenuous (1,200′ elevation gain/loss)
We’ll follow the Cheeseboro Canyon Trail north from the trailhead (1,010’) as it gradually rises to Shepherd’s Flat (1,535’), passing the Ranch Center Connector Road junction and Sulphur Springs along the way. Then we’ll head west on the Sheep Corral Trail as it rises to an overlook (1,693’) of Palo Comado Canyon. We’ll follow the Palo Comado Trail south and then east as it bends to connect with the Modelo Trail (~1,300’) which we’ll follow southward along a ridge until it drops down to the trailhead parking lot. We’ll enjoy sweeping mountain vistas, oak woodlands, and interesting rock formations during the hike.
Meet at 8 AM near Donut Delite at the corner of Madera and Royal. Bring 2 to 3 quarts of water, lunch and sunscreen. Wear boots.