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Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill is a private chapel just outside of Shandon on Highway 46 about 18 miles east of Paso Robles (Paso is half way between Los Angeles and San Francisco on Highway 101 in California). [See the map on the Wildflower Tour page.]

As you come to the Shandon turnoff on 46 look to the north and you will see a private road going past farm buildings. On top of the hill in the distance you will see the top half of a small chapel. If you are lucky, you will be able to visit the chapel (see below for the most current schedule I'm aware of and contact information).

Chapel from parking lot

Chapel front

The chapel itself is designed to look something like a Spanish mission.

There is a patio and BBQ area behind the chapel.

And, on the side of the chapel a small fountain provides an interesting counterpoint.

Fountain

The chapel is small inside but well set up for meditation or small ceremonies. The window is modeled after Saint Peter's in Rome.

Chapel inside

Chapel trail

The only problem is that you have to walk up a rather steep hill to get from the parking lot to the chapel (there is a road up the back side but it's really designed to discourage auto traffic; I'd feel comfortable on it only in a four-wheel-drive vehicle).

Schedule and Contact: The chapel is private but often open on Sundays. A Catholic Mass is said by visiting clergy at 10am and, weather permitting, the chapel then stays open until around 3pm or a bit later. There is no set schedule. For further info you can call the owner's office at (805) 238-7110.

 

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