Morning hike in the redwoods! Armstrong Woods Ridge Hike (Moderate+)

  • March 14, 2013 · 9:30 AM
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This hike is about 5-6 miles with an elevation gain of 1600ft...  We will be done by 1pm for you to move on and have a productive afternoon!  Eat before you come because we don't have a snack stop. 

We've done this many times before but it is such a favorite that we will keep on doing it on a regular basis, especially since we just had this recent rain. It will be gorgeous! We start off with a great climb to the ridge through the forest....immediate warmup! We'll continue to climb our way along the ridge to a grassy meadow with a view when the weather cooperates! We then drop off down the ridge to the valley floor where we have an amazing final mile through the old growth redwoods. As you can tell, this hike has a few relentless hills that keep going on up but it is well worth the huffs and the puffs to get up there.  You will travel through MAGNIFICENT red woods forest and drop dead forest scenery.  If you haven't done this hike...this one is a must do. You will find yourself doing this hike time and time again, especially if you stick with The Wanderers!   I promise you, you won't be disappointed!  To enjoy this hike you should be able to comfortably  walk uphill at a steady pace for an extended period and maneuver some steep grades down. 

To get to the trail head:

From downtown Guerneville on Main St. (Highway 116), drive 2.3 miles north on Armstrong Woods Road to the visitor center on the right, just before the state park entrance station.  Park in the large lot on the right by the visitor center.

As always:

  • Wear comfortable hiking shoes
  • Bring water and apply sunscreen
  • Wear layers.  This hike will start off cool but you will warm up quickly!
  • This hike doesn't include a lunch stop due to the early start time.  Make sure to eat before you come, bring plenty of water and if you feel you need a food boost make sure it's something you can snack on as you walk along.
  • Have fun!

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  • Marinoly R.

    So nice to be outdoors with an amazing group of people. Thanks Leigh for another great hike!

    March 18, 2013

  • Hank F.

    Great people and spectacular scenery. A perfect day. Thank you, everyone

    1 · March 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    The perfect pace with scintillating company. Thank you Leigh. And with your riproaring encouragement from the back, there was no way I wasn't going to make it up that hill. (An extra 10 points for the scarey tales of newts and the squirmy things they get up to!)

    1 · March 14, 2013

  • patrick k.

    Totally friendly folks to hike with!

    March 14, 2013

  • Pauline D.

    Great--hiking companions also great! Thank you again Leigh, you are a terrific organizer and leader.

    1 · March 14, 2013

  • Kelsey W.

    Wonderful! So beautiful to have the cathedral-like towering redwoods as the reward at the end. It is a challenging hike so moderate + seems accurate.

    1 · March 14, 2013

  • Elaine d.

    Sorry. I'll catch you on the next one!

    March 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would love to join in tomorrow! Is anyone carpooling from Rohnert Park? Thanks!

    March 13, 2013

  • Colleen

    Anyone interested in carpooling from Coddingtown Library, leaving at about 8:45 am?

    Please reply to this comment - Thanks!

    March 7, 2013

  • Kelsey W.

    Am going up from Sonoma - anyone need a ride?

    March 13, 2013

  • Philip T.

    see you tomorrow

    March 13, 2013

  • Arlene P.

    I'm sorry something has come up.

    March 11, 2013

  • Arlene P.

    I'd like to car pool from Petaluma

    March 9, 2013

  • Hank F.

    I'm told this is a great hike. My daughter and I are looking forward to it.

    March 9, 2013

  • Cynthia R.

    Just realized I have to work that day. Darn!

    March 8, 2013

  • Cynthia R.

    Petaluma carpool

    March 8, 2013

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