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

  • Jul 9, 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 around 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 8:10

http://goo.gl/maps/dBMKd

PETALUMA-Lucky at the intersection of Lakeville and Caulfield Ln. Park closest to Payran St. suggested leave by 7:50

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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  • AJ

    Great way to start the day. I always enjoy this loop. Thanks Leigh!

    July 9, 2014

  • Brook

    I love this hike and we had perfect weather for it. Great to be with Wandering hiking buddies!

    July 9, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great ( :

    July 9, 2014

  • Leigh

    What a wonderful morning to be out on the trail. I hope to see you all again soon!

    July 9, 2014

  • Deborah

    This was such a great hike. Thanks to everyone for making me feel so welcome.

    July 9, 2014

    • Leigh

      I added you to the RSVP list so you are official now! :)

      July 9, 2014

  • Marinoly R.

    Sorry to cancel at the last minute, getting over a cold and still don't feel a 100%. Enjoy your hike.

    July 9, 2014

    • Brook

      I missed you, and hope you feel better soon!

      July 9, 2014

  • kim t

    Sorry!! Confused on the dates. I was out there at 9 this a.m. looking for you guys. Did the hike, non the less. Can't make it tomorrow, but thanks for getting me out there today:)

    July 8, 2014

    • ted w.

      Kim, be sure to change your rsvp to "no" so that you'll be officially off the list of those who are attending.

      July 8, 2014

    • kim t

      Still learning the system. Couldn't find the option for that...will look again.

      July 8, 2014

  • Renee V.

    Sorry, Things came up and I won't make it tomorrow.
    Enjoy!

    July 8, 2014

  • Marinoly R.

    Change my RSVP since I feel I might be catching a cold. Hope someone else can go.

    July 6, 2014

  • Sherrell

    How long would you estimate this hike to be?

    July 3, 2014

    • Leigh

      We are usually done around noon!

      1 · July 5, 2014

    • Sherrell

      Ok, thank you

      July 5, 2014

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