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Best Trails in Armstrong Redwoods State Reserve

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#58 of 490 State Parks in California

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The serene, majestic beauty of this Grove is a living reminder of the magnificent primeval redwood forest that covered much of this area before logging operations began during the 19th century. Armstrong Redwoods preserves stately and magnificent Sequoia sempervirens, commonly known as the coast redwood. These trees stand together as a testament to the wonders of the natural world. The grove offers solace from the hustle and bustle of daily life, offering the onlooker great inspiration and a place for quiet reflection. The ancient coast redwood is the tallest living thing on our planet! These remarkable trees live to be 500-1,000 years old, grow to a diameter of 12-16 feet, and stand from 200-250 feet tall. Some trees survive to over 2,000 years and tower above 350 feet. Coast redwoods are classified as temperate rainforests and they need wet and mild climates to survive. The rainfall in Armstrong Redwoods averages 55 inches per year and the trees are often shrouded in a mystical fog that helps to maintain the moist conditions needed for the redwoods to survive. To find out more about these magnificent trees click the link About Coast Redwoods to the right. The reserve includes a visitor center, large outdoor amphitheater, self-guided nature trails, and a variety of picnic facilities. While you can drive into the park, the best way to experience the dramatic effect of the towering redwoods, is to park in the lot at the park entrance and walk in for free. All of the main park features are found along the Pioneer Nature Trail. This trail is a mile and a half long round trip, mostly flat and level with one set of steps. Although no camping is available in the redwood grove, there is a campground at Austin Creek State Recreation Area, which is adjacent to the park. Austin Creek is accessed through the same entrance as Armstrong Redwoods and its rolling hills, open grasslands, conifers, and oaks are a beautiful and dramatic contrast to the dense canopy of the redwood grove. For more information go to Austin Creek State Recreation Area, click on link to the right. The redwood ecosystem is a very fragile one. Every effort is being made to preserve and protect this grove but it can only be done with your help. When you visit, please do not disturb or remove any natural features of the park, stay on designated trails and do not cross low- level fenceline. We hope you enjoy a serene and rejuvenating visit among these inspiring giants. 8:00 AM to one hour after official sunset.

on Armstrong Redwoods Grove ...
9 days ago

walking

What a beautiful experience walking through the redwoods. Nature is majestic! Highly recommended to walk here.

on Armstrong Redwoods Grove ...
22 days ago

Great quick look at some tall Redwoods. Would recommend as it is very accessible and quick. Best when not crowded (Morning or Evening)

on Armstrong Nature Trail
29 days ago

walking

Great! gravel path stroller fair, cool weather. Easily marked trail. Comfortable picnic grounds. Very glad I took this path.

on East Ridge Loop Trail
1 month ago

hiking

Beautiful shaded hike, but some serious uphill climbing. Seems like this hike is tougher than its 'moderate' rating. Lots of steep climbs, plus some side hill walking along a steep ravine. Not great for younger children.

The shade makes for a solid hike when the weather gets hot. Nice vistas in a few different spots. A fair amount of up and down hiking. Would be spectacular when the water is running.

The current trail is a little wonky due to reconstruction of the various trails.

on East Ridge Loop Trail
1 month ago

on Armstrong Nature Trail
1 month ago

hiking

Good low intensity hike, several hiking trails to pick from ( intermediate to advanced)

on Armstrong Nature Trail
1 month ago

Easy and gorgeous redwoods

on East Ridge Loop Trail
2 months ago

Beautiful hike. Don't forget your hiking shoes. I recommend arriving no later than 7:30.

on East Ridge Loop Trail
2 months ago

hiking

Good hike, definitely steep. I would say it's on the higher side of moderate. Great views of the valley from the top. Not much running water in the summer.

on East Ridge Loop Trail
2 months ago

Fun trail, it was perfect for a causal weekend hike. Went up Ridge and then looped back on Pool.

on Armstrong Nature Trail
2 months ago

hiking

Great trail! Just enough challenge and distance for my 10 year old nephew! Would do it again!

on East Ridge Loop Trail
3 months ago

hiking

Great loop through forest with bull frog pond and ridge views!

on East Ridge Loop Trail
3 months ago

I use to have a place in RIo Nido and went to the woods often. It's a super easy trail.

on East Ridge Loop Trail
4 months ago

hiking

Excellent challenge for a quick weekday get out

on East Ridge Loop Trail
6 months ago

hiking

Enjoyable trail that starts flat through majestic Redwoods and then climbs quickly, gaining 500 feet. Cresting the ridge offers nice views through the trees before descending steeply to the picnic area.

on East Ridge Loop Trail
7 months ago

hiking

Good way to see both state parks at once. Most of the trail obviously stays high on the ridges so you don't see a lot of actual redwoods until the end around the Fife Creek section (you can also stay on Pool Ridge trail to the west for a bit longer loop). Get a (free) brochure with the trail map from the visitor center because this trail is not particularly well-signed.

on East Ridge Loop Trail
8 months ago

hiking

Solid trail. The whole fam tackled it. Beautiful trees!

on Armstrong Nature Trail
9 months ago

hiking

It was great. I would not say this is an easy trail initially. The first 45 mins was a straight up hill climb. I brought my dog but it was unclear to me if he was allowed?

on East Ridge Trail
9 months ago

Amazing! Be careful of roots in the pathway, ouch!