Hike Through The Beautiful Redwoods, Then Picnic & Party in a Redwood Grove!

  • October 6, 2012 · 10:30 AM
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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 (though for some strenuous) hike that will include a snack/drink break, and then after the hike we'll have lunch afterward down in the shady redwood grove, which is absolutely gorgeous! There are BBQ pits in the park so if someone brings a stove or charcoal we can BBQ like we did on Angel Island. We'll leave the food/coolers in the cars until after the hike.  We'll load all the coolers/food into one car and drive it to the picnic area.

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.

DIRECTIONS: 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.

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.

Snacks/vino for our pre-lunch break during the hike.

Food and more food to share (salads, deserts, shrimp kabobs, steaks, dried fruit/nuts/seeds, chips, dips, salsa, - be creative!)

Coolers w/ ice and lots of goodies!

Vino to share (and paper or plastic cups)

Anything else you want to drink (wine, beer, etc.)

There is always a bottle of wine in my pack. Yes, I'm serious.

If you've been on any of my hikes you know what to expect.

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 meet some new people.

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  • Jim R.

    I enjoyed the event and the friendly hikers

    October 7, 2012

  • Mike

    Vid for the top of Armstrong Woods if you are interested...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PsimYUfFhS8

    October 7, 2012

    • Shari

      It's gorgeous!! Thanks, Mike :)

      October 7, 2012

  • Mike

    Great time, really good group, if you missed it you missed out!!

    October 7, 2012

  • Chas

    Where do I start on this one? Hike rocked - weather was nice and cool, which made the elevation gain no problem (well for some). Now the best bit was the party afterwards. Being a social guy, I love the after party. Great grp today - great grp! Wonderful food, including those killer Jalapeno Cheesecakes Bill brought - rockin' dude! Very nice assortment of wines, including two bottles of Andy's home vinted vino. Thx Andy! For me this day was bliss, because I got so much feedback as to how much fun everyone had, and I saw people really enjoying themselves and connecting at the after party in the redwood grove. That's what makes the work that goes into this so worthwhile. Thx guys for making this a terrific day. I'd say the new grp's off to a good start.

    October 6, 2012

  • Rachel

    Beautiful climb and descend. Nice folks. Thanks Chas!

    October 6, 2012

  • Colleen S.

    Okay it is official, I will not be able to attend. Having just moved here, my hiking boots are still in storage. I know... what was I thinking?

    October 5, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would like to carpool and ride with someone at 11th and p and share gas. Is there any seats available? I will be there a little before 8am. Please let me know. Thank you!

    October 5, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Kat & Diana, is the carpool offer still available from Sac, I'm interested.

    October 5, 2012

  • Colleen S.

    So sorry! I mistakenly uploaded my profile picture in the Redwood album! Please whoever has the admin on the album, delete my mistake. Chalk this up to learning this new meetup app!

    October 5, 2012

  • Albert

    I'll meet you at the trail head.

    October 5, 2012

  • Colleen S.

    I can drive one person starting from Davis. I will need to leave the park in time to arrive in Davis by 7:30. Anyone interested?

    October 5, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wow....this event sounds like Heaven!

    October 5, 2012

  • Mike

    I will be at 11th & P a little before 8 a.m. and can take 2 people.

    October 3, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Have to cancel :( Working unfortunately.

    October 2, 2012

  • Sandra M

    I love this area, it is so beautiful! Its about a 3 hr drive from EDH or Folsom. Sooo, I thinking of finding a place to camp in the area. Any suggestions? Anyone want to carpool from EDH or Folsom and stay over a night or 2?

    September 18, 2012

    • KoKo

      Guernville Lodge is also an option for camping. I was just there with another group and loved it as it is a short distance walk into town for a delicious breakfast too! :)

      October 1, 2012

    • Sandra M

      I am no longer able to go as my son will be visiting;-)

      October 2, 2012

  • Srinapa

    Hi, I am new to the group. I want to carpool. I have bad night vision so I can't drive after the sun is down. I will be happy to help pay the driver.

    October 2, 2012

  • James M.

    i'm Looking to join a carpool

    October 2, 2012

  • Mike

    This is a great hike I did it last year. There is some uphill walking but during the hotter months, Sept should be a great time.

    August 14, 2012

    • Chas

      Fortunately most of the uphill is shaded. And of course there's always that nice vino/snack break to give us a recharge.

      October 1, 2012

  • Shari

    Is it okay to bring a guest?

    October 1, 2012

    • Chas

      Yes, bring them on!

      October 1, 2012

  • helena

    Diane, I cannot now go on this trip.

    September 11, 2012

  • helena

    Kat, Diane and I are going to be at 11th & P at 8 a.m. See you there. We can all figure out how to go.

    August 28, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll be coming from midtown, so I could meet people at 11th and P as well and we can figure out carpooling.

    August 28, 2012

  • Meme

    I would like to ride with someone from 11th & P.

    August 27, 2012

  • Laura V

    I would like to carpool from 11th and P as well.

    August 27, 2012

  • helena

    See you there, Diane.

    August 17, 2012

  • helena

    Does anyone want to carpool from Sac. or Davis?

    August 14, 2012

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