Hike Challenge 7: Lake Perez Loop @ Stone Valley Recreation Area

We hope you are all continuing to stay healthy and enjoying the amazing weather we have been having!  This week we are going to switch things up a bit and head out toward Shaver’s Creek and Stone Valley area to do the Lake Perez Loop.  This is a great loop hike that takes you around Lake Perez with lots of optional offshoot trails you can venture on if you are looking to add distance to your hike.  While Shaver’s Creek learning center and Stone Valley’s ropes course are closed, the hiking trails remain open for your enjoyment.  

Shaver’s Creek Parking area is open Monday through Friday from 10am until 5pm. Gates close promptly at 5pm so please take that into consideration when planning your parking. Restrooms are also open from M-F 10am-5pm.

Attached is the Stone Valley Trail map which includes the blaze colors for the trail.  The color of the trail on the map corresponds to the blaze color used along that trail.   The Lake Perez Loop is ORANGE.        

Week 7 Hike: Lake Perez Loop


Distance:  2.7 mile loop, 265 ft. elevation change   

Stone Valley Recreation Area Trail Map

Bonus: Shaver’s Creek Guided Hikes:  If your family is interested in hiking, but doesn’t quite feel comfortable venturing off on your own with a map, Shaver’s Creek is offering guided tours to families up to 7 people through August 2nd.   Each family hike is led by a Summer Camp Naturalist for 1 hour and 15 minutes which includes fun activities along the way.  

You will register your family for a specific time slot on a specific day.  A family unit is considered to be up to seven people who live in the same household.  Registration is limited to one time slot per family unit.   A parent or guardian (at least 18 years old) is required to accompany the group for the duration of the program.  There is a $10 fee due at the time of registration.  Registration is now open on Shaver’s Creek’s website HERE.  There are more details in the program description on the website.  Please read them thoroughly in advance so you are well-prepared for your scheduled hike.

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