The Park: Armstrong Redwoods is a small reserve, with just over 800 acres, and features some of the largest old-growth redwood forest in Sonoma County. As you stroll through this beautiful old-growth redwood forest, you'll see some of the tallest and oldest trees remaining in this part of California. The Parson Jones Tree is about 310 feet high; the Colonel Armstrong Tree is more than 1,400 years old.
The Plan: We'll do a moderate to strenuous hike (depending on your condition) that will include a vino/snack break, and then after the hike we'll have lunch down in the redwood grove, which is absolutely gorgeous! If someone brings a small gas stove we can BBQ like we've done before.
PLEASE NOTE: We'll leave the food/coolers in the cars until after the hike.
After the hike we'll load all the coolers/food into one or two vehicles and drive to the picnic area. Then it's time to chill, eat, drink, and be merry!
The Hike: This will be a 6 mile hike w/1100' elevation gain (you might consider this strenuous depending on your condition & ability) up, around, and down through this beautiful redwood park.
This will be a moderate pace so as not to wear anyone out on the way up, and we'll take our usual vino/snack break a bit before reaching the top. Views are seriously beautiful up there!
From Highway 101, take the River Road exit (North Santa Rosa). Go west on River Road until you reach Guerneville. At the second stop light turn right onto Armstrong Woods Road. This road will end at the park. The parking lot is on the right (just before the park entrance) - we'll meet there! Plan on a full day of fun!
What To Bring:
Vino (and cups)
Good Hiking Boots/shoes
Layered clothing, hat, sunscreen
At least 1 liter of water (2 is better) Fill your bladder/bottles 1/2 way the night before and refrigerate, then top off w/ ice in the a.m. and you'll have cool water all day
Vino/Snacks/Drinks for our pre-lunch break during the hike
Food, food, and more food (salads, shrimp kabobs, steaks, sausages, fresh and dried fruit/nuts/seeds, chips, dips, salsa, deserts,- be creative!)
Be great if someone brings a small gas stove for cooking.
Coolers w/ ice and lots of goodies!
Anything else you want to drink - let your imagination run wild. If you've been on any of my hikes you know what to expect
$5 activity fee
Your sense of humour is an absolute must!
This is a combined event w/ other Meetup grps, so it will be a good opportunity to make new friends.