Bullfrog Pond Ramble at Armstrong Woods! (Moderate-Strenuous)­

  • 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.

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.  Though we will stop out at Bull Frog Campground for a few minutes for a snack.
  • Have fun!

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  • Leigh

    Yay!!! 2300 feet. It was great to finally get a count. It certainly seems like 2300 feet! I just loved that all of you came out to join me today. Thank you so much. I don't know why but today was just one of those special days....everything just came together!

    November 12, 2012

  • Marinoly R.

    Love this hike.

    November 12, 2012

  • Marcelyn

    Really good climb, spectacular vistas, wonderful company (and a few very interesting stories!).

    November 12, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Ahhh. The hiking climb workout that I always need.

    November 12, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great Hike...just what I was looking for today

    November 12, 2012

  • Jeff M.

    Still on the road coming home, not going to make it in time to join you; have a great hike!

    November 12, 2012

  • Glyn

    Hey Leigh,
    I sent you an E-mail a few days ago about setting up a mushroom foray. I was hoping for mon/tues this week, but didn't hear back from you. Did you get the note? E-mail me your number and let's try to set something up soon. It's time.

    November 11, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Whats the estimated finish time for this hike, Leigh ?

    November 11, 2012

    • Leigh

      12:30 appx

      November 11, 2012

  • Mark

    I'll be driving from Santa Rosa. If interested in a carpool, let me know. I am happy to drive.

    November 11, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi, cancel above....I'm meeting Don at PG&E on River Road as planned. See you all there. Sorry for so much confusion. I'm new to this group

      November 11, 2012

    • Colleen K.

      I'll be at the SR Park and Ride at 8am.

      1 · November 11, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello, Are dogs welcome on this hike?

    Laura

    November 11, 2012

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