WORK OFF THOSE CHRISTMAS CALORIES

This is a strenuous hike, but the views at the top are worth the hills (maybe).  We will hike the East Ridge - Pool Ridge Loop.  Hiking distance is 5.6 miles with an elevation gain of 1,100 feet.  This loop circles the heart of Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve on two ridges that overlook the first-growth redwood forest deep in the Fife Creek Canyon.  The East Ridge Trail climbs through Douglas fir, tanbark oak, California bay laurel and madrones, emerging to far-reaching views across the tops of the ancient forest.  En route, the trail crosses the headwaters of Fife Creek and passes Pond Farm, which was home, workshop and school of well-known ceramic artist Marguerite Wildenhain from 1949 to 1980.  The Pool Ridge Trail parallels the opposite side of the canyon from the Gilliam Creek Trailhead in the Austin Creek State Recreation Area and leads to the canyon floor.

We will meet at 9:00 at the small visitor center in the first parking lot to the right.  There is no fee for this lot.  

Bring a lunch.  Rain is not in the forecast, but be prepared for fog or sun by wearing layered clothes.  Bring plenty of water and if you have trekking poles, they'll be very useful.

Dogs are not allowed on park trails.

This hike can take from 4 to 5 hours, not including a lunch break.  I'd expect to be back to the parking lot no later than 3:00 p.m.

For more information about this park, click on this website:  http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=450

CARPOOLS: 

Just meet at the locations and drivers/passengers will be figured out there.  Please let us know where you will meet when you RSVP.

Santa Rosa –  River Road at PG&E Park and Ride.  Will leave this location at 8:15 a.m.

Rohnert Park – Northbound Park and Ride just off Rohnert Park Expressway. Will leave this location at 7:45 a.m.

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  • Joya H

    Great hike everyone! Thanks, Dianne for organizing and getting us out there early. It was cold, but we beat the crowds. I posted my photos. My app says we hiked 7.2 miles, 18,188 steps! Nice meeting you, Val and Kathy, hope to see you on another SWAG adventure again soon.

    1 · December 30, 2013

    • Dianne H.

      Thanks for letting us know our mileage and steps.

      December 30, 2013

  • Dianne H.

    A wonderful hike! Great weather, great group of people, great views. We all stayed together and made it back in record time! Thank you to everyone for making it so enjoyable!

    December 29, 2013

  • Jan N.

    What a wonderful hike. Perfect weather, perfect trails, perfect company. I loved the pace and we still got done in record time!
    Go SWAG!
    Dianne, you are an awesome leader! Thanks!

    1 · December 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you, Dianne! I had a great time - a perfect pace and wonderful group of hikers!

    1 · December 29, 2013

  • Dianne H.

    I'm no longer on internet, so if you're not coming or going to be late, or need directions, please give me a call on my cell at (650) 521-4079. See you soon!

    December 29, 2013

  • wendy

    Too early for me ...I'll probably do Taylor Mtn a little later

    December 20, 2013

    • Carol

      Wendy, I'd like to do Taylor Mtn with you "a little later"

      December 28, 2013

  • Val N.

    Could I get your cell phone number in case I get held up on the road? Thanks.

    December 28, 2013

    • Dianne H.

      Sure. My cell number is (650)[masked]

      December 28, 2013

  • Debbie

    Hi, I have to cancel. Have caught my grandson's cold and sore throat…seems like it might be a bit to strenuous for my current energy level.

    December 28, 2013

    • Dianne H.

      Thanks for letting us know. I hope you feel better.

      December 28, 2013

  • Dianne H.

    HI ALL: IF YOU HAVEN'T ALREADY LET ME KNOW WHERE YOU ARE MEETING US, PLEASE LET ME KNOW. THANKS.

    December 26, 2013

    • Jan N.

      I will meet at River Road P & R @ 8:15 am. If things change I'll let you know. I'm really looking forward to this hike.

      December 27, 2013

    • Dianne H.

      Thanks, Jan. I'm really looking forward to it, too!

      December 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    River Road PnR.

    December 27, 2013

    • Dianne H.

      Thank you. Joya will be there also. Dorothy and I will swing by River Road from Rohnert Park and we'll caravan from there.

      December 27, 2013

  • Val N.

    I will meet you at the parking lot at Armstrong Woods at 9 AM.

    December 26, 2013

  • Dorothy s.

    I'll see you at RP P&R 7:45. Sounds like a good one.

    1 · December 24, 2013

  • Suzanne

    9:00am?? Really Dianne!

    2 · December 23, 2013

    • Dianne H.

      I'm estimating it to be a 4 to 6 hour hike. If I started later we wouldn't get home before dark.

      December 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Since it's a Sunday, I wouldn't mind a later start time - but will be ready to hike either way.

    December 23, 2013

    • Dianne H.

      I'm estimating it to be a 4 to 6 hour hike. If I started later we wouldn't get home before dark.

      December 23, 2013

  • Joya H

    This sounds great! I'll be at the River Rd. PnR, bright and early!

    1 · December 23, 2013

  • Wendy G.

    I love this hike! but I'm working at the downtown library on that Sunday. Have fun and I hope you will do this hike again. Wendy2

    December 20, 2013

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