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Morning Mover!! Bullfrog Pond Ramble at Armstrong Woods! (Moderate)

  • Jan 7, 2013 · 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 Pool 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. 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.

Car pools: Windsor Office Depot -leaving at 8:20 Coddingtown Library-leaving at 8:10 Lucky's Petaluma-leaving at 7:50

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

    As usual it was the company that really made this hike special! I love Armstrong Woods but it certainly is more enjoyable with companionship. Somehow that climb seems easier with others working their way up it with me! A big welcome to Wendy, Chris and Katherine who joined us for the first time and of course a big thank you to all the others for joining in for a repeat hike!

    1 · January 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm a slow hiker, and this is tough climb- but I had a great time. The people, as always, were great. Thanks Leigh for organizing this!

    January 7, 2013

  • Stan S.

    Bad day to leave my camera home. Some wonderful vistas near the top and a beautiful walk through the woods on the way down.

    January 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    WOW! My first for this hike. Views, redwoods meadows, wonderful hikers and a fabulous workout.

    January 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    There is a chance I may not make it. We've had a family emergency. I will try to keep on my RSVP by morning.

    January 6, 2013

  • Wendy G.

    This will be my first Wanderers hike. I will drive directly to the park, see you then.

    January 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Meet everyone in the morning at the parking lot!

    January 6, 2013

  • Linda

    Car pool from Santa Rosa?

    December 30, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Linda, I'm in Santa Rosa too. I'll offer to drive, though we will be stopping for 10 minutes at Korbel to pick up some champagne on the way back.... If that's okay, I'd love to carpool!

      January 6, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Oh, I see there's also a carpool leaving from Coddingtown at 8:10!

      January 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi guys. What's the duration of this hike?

    January 6, 2013

    • Leigh

      Plan on 3-4 hours!

      January 6, 2013

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