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

  • July 8, 2013 · 9:00 AM
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This hike is about 5-6 miles with an elevation gain of 1600ft...  We will be done by noon 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. 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.

Car pool info:

SANTA ROSA: Coddingtown Mall parking lot in front of the Coddingtown library to leave by 8:20

http://goo.gl/maps/dBMKd

PETALUMA-Lucky at the intersection of Lakeville and Caulfield Ln. Park closest to Payran St. suggested leave by 8

http://goo.gl/maps/xA0qm 

WINDSOR-Office Depot parking lot  (6400 Hembree Ln #100 Windsor) to leave by 8:25

 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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  • Leigh

    Fantastic hike, with great company...the only way it could have been better is if Marcia had made it to join us!! I'm so sad we missed you by what must have been just a few minutes! Shucks!
    You all will be happy to hear that I successfully got packed up and on the roa. We are cozy near Angel's Camp for the night and headed to the Carson Pass area tomorrow after visiting Murphy's. This trip should prove just what kind of campers we are!
    Thank you all so much for joining me this morning!

    1 · July 8, 2013

  • Charles H.

    This was a happy, little wake-me-up walk to start off a lovely summer day. Weren't all those redwoods beautiful?

    1 · July 8, 2013

    • Shawna

      Despite the grandeur of the giant Sequoias we Wanderers visited in Kern County recently, I'm more enamored with the coastal redwoods. Their height just blows my mind.

      July 8, 2013

  • Elaine d.

    Oh Boy! I loved that hike....can't wait to do it again!

    July 8, 2013

  • Marinoly R.

    This is one of my favorite hikes, it never disappoints! Great way to start a gorgeous summer day! Thanks Leigh, you did it again!!!

    July 8, 2013

  • Cynthia R.

    Those hills really give you a good workout!

    July 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Swell group of fast walking people!

    2 · July 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Bad traffic.

    July 8, 2013

    • Marinoly R.

      So sorry you couldn't make it, was looking forward to talking to you!

      July 8, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I did eventually get there, about 9:15, you all were gone. An accident on 101 delayed me 30 mins. I took the hike solo then went to the river for a swim! :)

      2 · July 8, 2013

  • Christy Vandever S.

    Awesome 5.88 mile hike! Got my heart rate going and enjoyed great conversation along the way!

    July 8, 2013

  • Lynda K.

    Great Monday morning workout.

    July 8, 2013

  • Shawna

    Just what the doctor ordered!

    July 8, 2013

  • Chuck

    Love Armstrong Woods! Weather and company could not have been better.

    July 8, 2013

  • Colleen K.

    Great day! One of my favorite hikes, lots of good conversation and perfect weather.

    July 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Past accident

    July 8, 2013

  • Elaine d.

    I'm gonna be there! I'll make a stop at the Park n' Ride at River Road and 101 for anyone who wants to catch a ride with me. We'll be leaving the Park & Ride at 8:20. Please respond here if you want to ride from there with me...

    July 7, 2013

    • Elaine d.

      Hmmm, my other Napa Valley rider just bailed on me, so I'll be at Windsor, instead. Is anyone else going to be there?

      July 7, 2013

    • Leigh

      Andy and I will be there!

      1 · July 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    so sorry...

    July 7, 2013

  • Cynthia R.

    I'll be at Petaluma carpool @ 8

    July 7, 2013

  • Wendy G.

    Can't make it afterall. Maybe next time. Thanks.

    July 7, 2013

  • Shawna

    Anyone want to carpool from Coddingtown at 8:20?

    July 3, 2013

  • Christy Vandever S.

    Petaluma carpool.

    July 3, 2013

  • Charles H.

    Charles Coddingtown 0820

    July 3, 2013

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