Hike Through The Beautiful Redwoods, Then Picnic & Party in a Redwood Grove!

  • October 6, 2012 · 10:30 AM
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The Park: Armstrong Redwoods is a small reserve, with just over 800 acres, and features some of the largest old-growth redwood forest in Sonoma County. As you stroll through this beautiful old-growth redwood forest, you'll see some of the tallest and oldest trees remaining in this part of California. The Parson Jones Tree is about 310 feet high; the Colonel Armstrong Tree is more than 1,400 years old.

 

The Plan: We'll do a moderate (though for some strenuous) hike that will include a snack/drink break, and then after the hike we'll have lunch afterward down in the shady redwood grove, which is absolutely gorgeous! There are BBQ pits in the park so if someone brings a stove or charcoal we can BBQ like we do on Angel Island. We'll leave the food/coolers in the cars until after the hike.  We'll load all the coolers/food into one car and drive it to the picnic area.

Then it's time to chill, eat, drink, and be merry!


 

The Hike: This will be a 6 mile hike w/1100' elevation gain (you might consider this strenuous depending on your condition & ability) up, around, and down through this beautiful redwood park.

 

 

DIRECTIONS: From Highway 101, take the River Road exit (North Santa Rosa). Go west on River Road until you reach Guerneville. At the second stop light turn right onto Armstrong Woods Road. This road will end at the park. The parking lot is on the right (just before the park entrance) - we'll meet there!  Plan on a full day of fun!

 

What To Bring:

Good Hiking Boots/shoes

Layered clothing, hat, sunscreen.

At least 1 liter of water (2 is better)  Fill your bladder/bottles 1/2 way the night before and refrigerate, then top off w/ ice in the a.m. and you'll have cool water all day.

Snacks/drinks for our pre-lunch break during the hike.

Food and more food to share (salads, deserts, shrimp kabobs, steaks, dried fruit/nuts/seeds, chips, dips, salsa, - be creative!)

Coolers w/ ice and lots of goodies!

Anything else you want to drink.

If you've been on any of my hikes you know what to expect.

Your sense of humour is an absolute must!

 

This is a combined event w/ other Meetup grps, so it will be a good opportunity to meet new people.

 

This event is also posted on these meetup sites...

http://www.meetup.com/California-Outdoors/events/77662232/

http://www.meetup.com/Bay-Area-Adventure-Hiking-More/events/77662012/

http://www.meetup.com/sfbay-sailing/events/77662282/

http://www.meetup.com/SF-Social-singles-over35/events/77662332/

http://www.meetup.com/hikersandcompany/events/77662402/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • rose h.

    Hi all. I am not able to come-I have a job interview-go figure!

    have a blast Rose

    October 5, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hope your interview was a great match!

      October 7, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Ditto what Donna just said.

      October 7, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great day!!!!

    October 7, 2012

  • MrMrB

    October 7, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Where do I start on this one? Hike rocked - weather was nice and cool, which made the elevation gain no problem (well for some). Now the best bit was the party afterwards. Being a social guy, I love the after party. Great grp today - great grp! Wonderful food, including those killer Jalapeno Cheesecakes Bill brought - rockin' dude! Very nice assortment of wines, including two bottles of Andy's home vinted vino. Thx Andy! For me this day was bliss, because I got so much feedback as to how much fun everyone had, and I saw people really enjoying themselves and connecting at the after party in the redwood grove. That's what makes the work that goes into this so worthwhile. Thx guys for making this a terrific day. I'd say the new grp's off to a good start. http://www.meetup.com/Bay-Area-Hiking-Biking-Adventure-and-Vino/

    October 6, 2012

  • Chelsea N.

    I am coming from San Rafael and I can take 3 more in my car.

    October 1, 2012

    • Chelsea N.

      A big dark blue christiler Pacifica

      October 5, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      great see ya @9.

      October 5, 2012

  • Neil S

    Carpool available from Rockridge area!

    October 3, 2012

    • Neil S

      Yup, although I'm planning to leave 7:45 to beat the weekend madness in the City. Space for 2 more. If you're up for it drop me a line.

      October 5, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Game. 7:45 @ Rockridge BART. Thanks.

      October 5, 2012

  • Phil S.

    Chas. Unfortunately some intervening forces are preventing me from going. Y'all have a great time!

    October 5, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'd like to carpool from Santa Rosa...

    October 4, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'm sorry Richard but I have no idea!

      October 5, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Richard "... should go 'til 4:30 or 5:00, though you can leave anytime you want, since the meal is after the hike." per Chas. unfortunately I won't be able to attend, hope it's a great time!

      October 5, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Everyone who want to carpool from Santa Rosa, or is willing to pick members up in Santa Rosa, pls put your name here, and I'll be arranging carpools - thx!

    September 29, 2012

    • denise b.

      Denise Blanc

      September 29, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      I do! I do!

      October 4, 2012

  • MrMrB

    The Habanero-Lime cheesecakes went *fast* at the Alanis show ... I'll bring some more for this event. Need to sort out a ride/carpool arrangement from San Rafael, however. Anyone in S.R. going?

    September 30, 2012

    • Chelsea N.

      Sorry I was really busy with school, but I am coming from TL too so I can pick up anyone close to here, So I think MrMr B, Paul and Olga? Is that right? I can take one more too it just might make the back a little tight.

      October 4, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Chelsea, would you contact Paul? He is TL and needs a ride. Thx!

      October 4, 2012

  • Phil S.

    Hey Chas. If I can be of help: to those who want to park at park n ride ~just west of river rd 101 exit and near pgs&e powerstation~I can take 6 plus me...

    September 30, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thx Phil - We'll probably do that, so stay tuned.

      October 1, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Phil, Let's meet there at 9:45 - there will be 3 of us.

      October 4, 2012

  • rose h.

    Hi Chelsea, Can I meet you a get a ride. I can drive anywhere. There is also a huge parking lot in Bon Air shopping just take Sir Francis Drake exit. first light. Rose

    October 3, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Want everyone to know there will be a $2 charge for this event. (I know, you'll have to start saving!) This is one of my favourite hikes.

    October 1, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks Chas! Yeah we've finally cleared our schedule so we can have another awesome hike!
    See everyone on Oct 6th

    September 25, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Rubin, glad to see you guys will be there. This one's a goodie!

    September 24, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I had to reschedule this one, Michelle, due to bocce playoffs on the 22nd. Hope you can still make it.

    August 25, 2012

  • Michelle

    Why is it October 6th? I thought it was September 22......?

    August 25, 2012

  • suzie

    Does anyone want to carpool from San Rafael on the Armstrong Woods State Reserve hike on the 6 October?

    August 25, 2012

    • Olga

      Sure, I live in San Rafael, too! We can also pick up Hannah on the way and go all together.

      August 25, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Id be willing to but im in Petaluma if that still works for you?

    August 25, 2012

  • Suzanne

    I thought that this was the 22nd. Saturday is the 25th. Wednesday is the 22nd.

    "Saturday, September 22, 2012
    at 10:30 AM"

    August 14, 2012

    • Michelle

      SEPTEMBER 22 is a Saturday....

      August 15, 2012

    • Suzanne

      I must have been looking at the wrong month :-)

      August 15, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    You came to the right place, Olga.

    August 15, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Suzanne,
    I think you're looking at August. Sept 22nd is a Sat.

    August 14, 2012

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