Armstrong Redwoods Natural Reserve

One of the most beautiful California State Parks is right here in Sonoma County! Click on this link to get a detailed description of the Woods, the various trails and highlights of the different kinds of redwoods and other landscape. 

http://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=450 

Right now the plan is to meet at the Visitors Center at 9am and walk one of the easier nature trails. You can walk with the group, or take off on your own adventure.  

There is no cost to visit this part of the park but there are fees to park your vehicle.  (see below). 

This MeetUp is Rain or Shine. Please read the Woods' guidelines for visiting the park, how to dress, what to bring/not to bring etc.

If you can, meet up with fellow photogs and carpool into the reserve's parking lot.  There are minimal spaces in the main lot. 

Park History

During the 1870's, this area was set aside as a natural park and botanical garden by Colonel James Armstrong, a lumberman who recognized the beauty and natural value of the forests he harvested. After his death, Armstrong's daughter and the Le Baron family mounted an energetic campaign involving public meetings, rallies and car-caravans to direct public attention to the need to preserve this last remnant of the once mighty redwood forest. Their efforts were successful, and in 1917 the County of Sonoma passed an initiative to purchase the property for $80,000.

The grove was managed by Sonoma County until 1934 when the State took over. In 1936 the grove was opened to the public as Armstrong Redwoods State Park. The grove's status was changed to a reserve in 1964 when a greater understanding of its ecological significance prompted a more protective management of the resource.

Day Use Fees

$8.00 per vehicle
$7.00 per vehicle for seniors
Free to pedestrians and bicyclists

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  • Roger B.

    Magical

    March 11, 2014

  • Nik C.

    Sterling ... approaching Golden... with a hint of Platinum :)

    March 10, 2014

  • charmaine

    There are so many beautiful photos, great job everyone. Wish we could have a like button!

    March 10, 2014

  • Kim

    This is a great way to get out and take pictures at so many different locations. I'm looking forward to more. Thanks!

    March 9, 2014

  • Paul F.

    Wonderful site. Great group of photo nerds. Perfect weather. Had a great time, but boy was I tired afterwards !

    1 · March 9, 2014

  • Sam S.

    This will be my fist outing with the group. Looks like fun, I will be looking to the experienced photographers for tips.
    Sam

    March 5, 2014

    • Grant K.

      1) Make sure your battery is charged 2) Bring a spare battery 3) Bring several card in addition to the one in the camera 4) Have fun.

      3 · March 5, 2014

    • Remy G.

      Welcome to the group Sam!

      March 9, 2014

  • Debralee E.

    What was I thinking??? I'm in Danville/Martinez all weekend, feeding my other addiction...........Clog Dancing! Our "annual" March Madness workshop. I will probably dance roughly 10 miles after all the steps are counted. Great workout, and time of fellowship. I sadly changed my RSVP to a no. Have fun ya'll!!!

    1 · March 5, 2014

    • Remy G.

      we missed ya lady, but hope the clogging was fun!

      March 9, 2014

  • Darris

    I was struck by the cleanliness of the park . . . no trash. This is in stark contrast to the barrage of trash that I find on Doran Beach every day . . .

    1 · March 8, 2014

    • Remy G.

      I agree, Darris. Its such a beautiful place!

      1 · March 9, 2014

  • Chuck L.

    Always a privilege and a pleasure to mingle with you folks!

    2 · March 9, 2014

    • Remy G.

      your images are great Chuck, as always. Good to see ya!

      March 9, 2014

  • Natalia F.

    So sad I could not attend. I had problems with my car at the last minute.

    1 · March 8, 2014

    • Natalia F.

      Thanks Darris

      1 · March 9, 2014

    • Remy G.

      I hope the car trouble issue gets resolved...sorry you couldnt make it!

      March 9, 2014

  • Marilyn P.

    Great place.

    1 · March 9, 2014

    • Remy G.

      So great to meet you and thanks for making the hike down the hill! Hope to see you again soon.

      March 9, 2014

  • Remy G.

    So enormous but yet so intimate...such a beautiful day for shooting.

    March 9, 2014

  • Dan W.

    Another great outing. Thanks so much to our organizers Remy and Ray. Majestic trees, great people, and the weather was beautiful.

    1 · March 9, 2014

  • Maxine C.

    sorry I missed this - was feeling under the weather at last minute. Photos are fantastic!

    1 · March 8, 2014

    • Remy G.

      hope you feel better Maxine!

      1 · March 9, 2014

  • Glenn B.

    Remy and Ray,
    You did it again -- another home run. Great work. Thank you again.

    3 · March 9, 2014

  • Remy G.

    what a beautiful day! and the drive home was beautiful as well. Thanks everyone for such a fantastic outing, yet again!

    3 · March 8, 2014

    • Darris

      Thank you Remy!

      March 8, 2014

  • Nik C.

    Excellent... did anyone else drive ( or walk ) up the mountain to Bullfrog Pond? Panoramic views are breath-takinglu awesome and the creek falls over series of small waterfalls... worth the trip up :)

    5 · March 8, 2014

    • Darris

      Hiked almost to the top but needed to turn around to get back home . . . it was a perfect day!

      March 8, 2014

  • Kevin S.

    Lovely location with lots of photo possibilities. Definitely on my return list. Thanks Ray and Remy.

    1 · March 8, 2014

  • Grant K.

    It's like Muir Woods without the people. Great place that we should go back to 3 or 4 times a year.

    3 · March 8, 2014

  • charmaine

    Beautiful place for photography

    3 · March 8, 2014

  • SALLY

    beautful and uplifting great time

    2 · March 8, 2014

  • Tara H.

    Remy & Ray, so nice to finally meet you! Thank you for all your dedication...work... to create these beautiful outings. We enjoyed it!

    3 · March 8, 2014

  • Cecilia

    My dad needs my help in the morning. I was really looking forward to this :(

    1 · March 6, 2014

  • david s.

    Great weather, great subjects, great group of photographers

    3 · March 8, 2014

  • Tom M.

    Excellent; thanks to Ray and Remy for facilitating these events!
    Did any find screw-in tripod foot? I lost one.

    1 · March 8, 2014

  • Carole S.

    Great people, beautiful trees, a lot of fun

    2 · March 8, 2014

  • Kaye T.

    So sad to cancel - legs are not cooperating. Hope to see you all next time!

    March 8, 2014

  • Joan W.

    Have a good time!!!!!

    March 7, 2014

  • gail b.

    Oop[s, I took a fall, have a broken toe, perhaps a cracked rib, waiting for x-ray results. I will be staying close to home for awhile. No hike this weekend.

    1 · March 6, 2014

    • Darris

      Take care of yourself and mend well . . .

      1 · March 7, 2014

  • Maxine C.

    Anyone from Novato - want to car pool

    March 5, 2014

  • Carmen C.

    YEAH The weather will be beautiful on Saturday.

    2 · March 5, 2014

  • helen

    Might I bring my dog? She's am official and tagged Canine Assistance Dog, as she does volunteer work at the local assisted living center, weekly. If she can come, she promises to be very well behaved.

    1 · February 19, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Just to further clarify ... a licensed service dog by the State of California is allowed all access to the trails but a therapy dog and other dogs are allowed on the paved roads in the park only. :)

      February 23, 2014

    • helen

      would you know if we would be on rodes or trails. My dog is a tagged as California Canine Assistance Dog

      February 23, 2014

  • John C.

    Looking forward to this one. The tall trees have been so difficult for me to photograph. Hoping for lots of guidance here. Shall I bring a fresh ream of notepaper, or would that be offensive to the trees?

    2 · January 29, 2014

    • Remy G.

      I'm sure the trees will be fine as long as you are enjoying yourself! bring a wide lens. bring a small spray bottle of water. if you have a small black out cloth pack that too. if you are going to do HDR bring your tripod! dress in layers, bring bottle of water and a few snacks…just my advice from learning experiences!

      February 4, 2014

    • Kaye T.

      What is a "small black out cloth"??

      1 · February 20, 2014

  • Frances

    The RSVP did not allow me to show that 2 additional people will be joining me on this meetup.

    January 28, 2014

    • helen

      Hi, Frances. Are you the moderator of RSVP's for this group. Just joined, and this will be my first. It looks like a great group.

      2 · February 19, 2014

    • Remy G.

      Helen, we are looking forward to meeting you out there...welcome to the group!

      February 19, 2014

  • Maxine C.

    Is this meetup still on if there is rain?

    1 · February 6, 2014

    • Heather M.

      Should be :) this event is next month but even with rain - and a few large ziplock bags to cover the camera - we are set!

      1 · February 7, 2014

    • Patrick

      Redwoods emit moisture from the top on a regular basis, so even if it isn't raining it will still be moist. Rain Schmain

      1 · February 7, 2014

  • Roger B.

    I'm there! Hope for morning mist.

    1 · January 28, 2014

    • Diane

      Remy, are you going to show us what to do with it? I have an idea, but I bet you something up your sleeve. :)

      February 6, 2014

    • Remy G.

      expect a lot of ferns and bark and texture. I bring a small spray bottle for mist!

      February 6, 2014

  • Bobbi Lance-Yuzu S.

    Dang! Prior commitments. I think the per car fee is only if you drive past the gate. I think the parking lot just outside the entrance is free.

    January 31, 2014

    • Remy G.

      dang is right, Bobbi! thanks for the heads up on the fees, I'll check in to it…Rem

      February 4, 2014

  • Sandy

    SO wish I could make this one!! =( I have a wedding to attend that day at 2:00. Will look forward to everyone's photos! =)

    January 27, 2014

    • Remy G.

      We'll miss ya! (ps we start at 9, you could come for a few hours! wink wink)

      January 28, 2014

    • Sandy

      Thx Remy!!! I really wish I could - leaving SR at 1:00. I know once I get out there, I won't want to leave/stop shooting. Hope to catch the next one! =)

      1 · January 28, 2014

  • Darris

    Thanks Remy and Ray!

    1 · January 28, 2014

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