November 12, 2012 · 9:00 AM
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This hike is about 7 miles with an elevation gain of 1800ft. 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 which at this time of year probably won't have too many frogs or any water but will give us a good extention to our walk. 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.
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 early start time. Though we will stop out at Bull Frog Campground for a few minutes for a snack.
- Have fun!