It's an Easter celebration and birthday bash and we need all the January, February, March and APRIL birthday gang! This is an party event for those of you that have hiked with us at least 10 times! Sorry we just don't have room for everyone. We will have another one in the Spring so if you couldn't come to this one...do your best to get some hikes on your record so you can come to the next one!
As always...first we MUST hike...so first about the hike! This hike is about 9 miles with an elevation gain of 1900ft. We've done most of this many times at Armstrong Woods. Both as an evening and a day hike doing a variation of this on East Ridge and Pool Ridge trails. This time we will be seeing the total complete loop at Armstrong Woods. We start off with a great climb to the ridge through the forest....immediate warmup on East Ridge! We'll continue to climb our way along the ridge to a grassy meadow with a view when the weather cooperates! We then will continue out to Bull Frog Pond campground where we will take a short 10 minute break. We will make our way back on the road for a bit to catch Pool Ridge trail for the remainder of the way back down throught the park. 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.
NOW!!! About the BIRTHDAY BASH!! Kathie Barclay has been kind enough to invite us to her house. Those of you lucky enough to get on the RSVP list will be given the directions at the hike. You will need to be on the set up crew (5 people), a chef (everyone not setting up or cleaning!), or a member of the clean up (5 people) crew. Indicate below which team you are joining. You also need to bring a WRAPPED gift (unless you brought a birthday gift in December-most of you just brought Christmas gifts-those DON'T count) and a bottle of wine or whatever you want to drink. We are hoping for a performance from the Wandering Ukes and anyone else that would like to perform!
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.
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 birthday bash Though we will stop out at Bull Frog Campground for a few minutes for a snack.
Car pool locations:
WINDSOR:Safeway lot across from (the now closed) Dennys, depart 8:25
SANTA ROSA: Coddingtown Mall parking lot in front of the Coddingtown library to leave by 8:20
PETALUMA-Lucky at the intersection of Lakeville and Caulfield Ln. Park closest to Payran St. suggested leave by 8