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Choices at Armstrong 16 mi. Grueling or 6 mi. mod-strn

  • Feb 6, 2014 · 9:00 AM
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The long grueling hike is a  combination of almost all of the trails at Armstrong.  It will be gorgeous but hard! I'm doing it as a conditioning hike for our upcoming Machu Picchu trip.  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!  Then we will huff and puff on all of the way up to the top by Bull frog pond campground.   We will walk back on the campground road and drop down into Austin Creek.   If you are doing the shorter version with cheerful Marinoly you will leave us when you hit the meadow before the final climb up to Bull frog Pond!  If you continue on this portion takes you through some of the most beautiful backcountry in the region.  You descend 1000 feet down into a valley for about 1 1/2 miles that sees very few hikers....we will do some roller coaster hiking along a fire road for about 2 miles and then start our crossing of creeks...we will cross creeks for about 2 miles as we head back through the valley.  Water shoes and poles are necessary.     After we meander along the creek and finish with our multiple crossings we will have to climb back out of the remote valley and back up to the ridge where we will have about 3 miles of downhill back to our cars.  This is a tough hike and would not be considered fun unless you are fit and ready for a challenge.  The pace will be our usual 2.5 mph pace.  Slow but steady.  Lunch will be on one of the false summits on the climb out of Austin Creek.  Make sure you eat before you come and have a snack in your pocket because we will be eating after appx. 9 miles.

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 8:20

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PETALUMA-Lucky at the intersection of Lakeville and Caulfield Ln. Park closest to Payran St. suggested leave by 8

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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!

Please bring at least 2 liters of water.  We have had people run out of water coming out of the Austin Creek Valley.  It's a hot exposed climb.  You will need plenty of water.

 

Have fun!

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  • Sylvia M.

    The light rainy day was pleasant to hike in with good company!

    February 6, 2014

  • Andy E.

    great hike

    February 6, 2014

  • Colleen

    Badges, newts, rain, and Wanderers - oh, we do know how to have fun!

    1 · February 6, 2014

  • Leigh

    It was wet but it sure felt good to be outside. Armstrong Woods is one of the best places to hike when it's raining and today was no exception. We had a great group and a big thank you to you all!

    1 · February 6, 2014

  • Dan R

    Wonderfully wet!

    February 6, 2014

  • Shawna

    The weather turned out okay, and we could have done the whole 16 miles. But the 8 miles was enough, and we all went away happy. It's all good!

    February 6, 2014

  • Kathy F

    Great hike, even with the weather. Everything was so green and it didn't rain much - and what a perfect group to share the adventure! The cheerful smiles and laughter brightened the day. And thanks, Andy and Sarah, for the suggestion to stop after for a bite.

    February 6, 2014

  • Andy S.

    Windsor-Office Depot carpool for the 16 mile hike @ 8:25. Will not stop by if no one replies.

    February 5, 2014

    • Andy S.

      Sarah and I will be doing whatever leave will be doing. we are prepared for the long hike but will do the short hike if that's what the group ends up doing. if that works for you we will I pick you up at the Windsor carpool

      February 5, 2014

    • Andy S.

      I think it's best to remain flexible. Sara and I will take our own car to armstrong. See you at the trailhead

      February 6, 2014

  • Colleen

    Coddingtown car pool

    January 12, 2014

    • Mary A.

      Will miss seeing your smiling faces tomorrow. Have fun!

      February 5, 2014

    • Shawna

      I deleted those who cancelled, so you won't be looking for them in the morning. I'll see y'all at the trailhead.

      February 5, 2014

  • Mary A.

    Love the rain, but having done way too many wet wet events, don't think I need to do this one. Enjoy the day - see y'all another time.

    February 5, 2014

  • David E.

    I will likely sign up late and do the shorter version. Will people still be meeting at the Windsor Office Depot?

    February 5, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Ditto. Just getting over a sore throat. Normally rain doesn't stop me from hiking (since I lived in Astoria and Juneau for several years) but in this case I better not push the envelope. Next time.

    February 5, 2014

  • Christy Vandever S.

    Yea....long drive to hike in the rain after just getting over my cold. Sorry to be a party pooper. :(

    February 5, 2014

  • ted w.

    Weather guy promises lots of rain, so I'll do this one another time.

    February 5, 2014

  • Christy Vandever S.

    How long will the "shorter" version be? I'm wondering if I would be able to make it back in time for after school pick up.

    January 14, 2014

    • Kathy F

      Leigh updated the hike description and says the shorter version will be 8 miles (it includes Bull Frog Pond)

      1 · January 19, 2014

    • Amy H.

      it is forecast\ to rain tomorrow and is currently raining now so I am skipping this one. I can't hike in the rain.

      February 5, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Mini is unable to update status online and wanted me to let you know she cannot attend tomorrow's hike.

    February 5, 2014

  • Leigh

    Hi Everyone...Rain will NOT cancel the hike....though it WILL cancel the extended grueling version......well it will for me! If some of you want to head down to Austin Creek together that is fine with me. If it's raining I plan to the 8 mile Bull Frog Pond version and if it is really pouring I might end up with the shortest version. The weather report keeps getting a little rainier every time I look at it!

    February 5, 2014

  • annette m.

    I will join the shorter hike. It will be my first hike with the wanderers. I am happy my schedule has opened up and I can join in. I will be at the santa rosa car pool point with my car at 8.20.

    February 5, 2014

  • Elaine d.

    Turns out we're getting in from Montana pretty late tonight, so I'm going to have to miss this one..... :(

    February 5, 2014

  • Dan R

    Right now there is a 60% chance of rain on Thursday. Hiking rain or shine?

    February 4, 2014

  • Leigh

    I'm doing the full 16 miles...I hope! Who is coming with me??

    January 27, 2014

    • Amy H.

      I am doing the whole 16 miles

      February 2, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Would love to but I do not have poles or water shoes yet so I will do the shorter hike.

      February 3, 2014

  • Don

    I wish I was completely retired to take advantage of these pre-Inca trek hikes, but alas I work still Tuesdays and Thursdays. Please Leigh, indicate which of the hikes you are designating as pre-Inca hikes if you don't mind, so I watch out for them more accurately. BTW, I still plan to do my own hikes if cannot make these. I plan to be prepared. Have fun!

    1 · January 13, 2014

    • Leigh

      Don...every hike is a Inca prep hike now! :)

      January 27, 2014

  • John L.

    I'll opt for the 8 mile hike.

    January 23, 2014

  • Dan R

    I am opting for the shorter hike.

    January 23, 2014

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