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

  • March 25, 2014 · 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

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

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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

No dogs allowed

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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  • Stephanie B.

    Love the rainy hikes while they last!!

    March 26

  • patrick k.

    Great wet weather day to hike with wonderful friends!

    March 25

  • Leigh

    For a rainy day hike ...that was just perfect. The company was so positive and upbeat that I almost didn't even notice the constant drizzle! :) Now I KNOW who the TRUE hikers are!

    March 25

  • A former member
    A former member

    (To quote another wanderer....) Out of all of the hikes that I've been on with the wanders, this one was without a doubt the most recent.

    1 · March 25

  • Kathy

    Delightfully damp morning. Warm, sunny company made the rain fun and redwoods in the rain are just beautiful. And, as always, a great workout! Happy birthday, PJ and congrats Ted and Stephanie!

    1 · March 25

    • Kathy

      To clarify... The congrats are because Stephanie has 200 hikes and Ted has 100.

      2 · March 25

    • Trish

      Wow! Congratulations to you both!

      1 · March 25

  • AJ

    I never thought I'd actually choose to hike on a rainy day but I actually enjoyed it! Thanks Leigh

    March 25

  • Kathy S.

    The rain made this hike great fun! Thankfully, most of my gear passed the Rainy Day Test Drive.

    March 25

  • Kathie B.

    What a delightful rainy day hike in the Redwoods! Great to see everyone. Thanks Leigh and fellow Wanderers!

    March 25

  • Dan

    The usual pleasant experience

    March 25

  • ted w.

    This was my first in-the-rain hike. Would not have done it on my own, but thoroughly enjoyed it today. Great to see everyone, new members and veterans alike. I will certainly be here for another 100 hikes!

    2 · March 25

  • Stephanie B.

    Thanks Leigh, it was especially nice to see the hikers who accomplished Ecuador And Peru and everyone else! Yay for Ted and Patrick, newly exalted!!

    4 · March 25

  • Leigh

    Rain will not stop us tomorrow....just bring your rain gear!

    1 · March 24

  • Andy E.

    Windsor

    March 24

  • Philip T.

    Still doing taxes

    March 24

  • ted w.

    If my counting is correct this hike will be my 100th!

    5 · March 21

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