East Ridge and Pool Ridge Loop Trail is a 5.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Guerneville, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.
A pleasant mostly-shady forest hike around the two ridges bordering the Armstrong redwood grove.
Tackled this loop going clockwise bright and early. Pretty decent climb but it's well shaded and benches litter the area in various spots. The beautiful redwoods appear mostly contained near the visitor center but plenty of other things to see as you ascend and eventually descend the ridge. Definitely worth checking out and a nice workout.
Some amazing views once you are on the top. Was up there around 8 am and the sun was still low on the horizon, so was perfect. Though it says Strenous at the Trail head, it isn't that hard for regular hikers since it's very well shaded. Might actually be better in spring
Trails are pretty steep, so pace accordingly. Map on this app isn't the most up to date as new trails seem to have been added and parts of old trails closed, so I would recommend getting a map upon arrival. I would rate it higher than moderate but not definitively hard. It's somewhere in-between. Overall, a good hike.
tough stretches of long uphill climb, without breaks. makes this seem more like a difficult rating. incredibly poor trail markings, especially at the loop trail area where a new route has been established, but still is not on the park map. stunning vistas from several high spots, but no big redwoods. they're along the nature trail near the parking lots
We did the shortened loop version of this hike - start on east ridge, turn left when the trail marker designates a fork, arrive at a separate parking area deeper into the park, then continue home on the Pioneer Nature trail. The east ridge portion was a steady uphill climb in the beginning of the hike, followed by a mile or so on an moderate-to-easy trail looking down upon the park, followed by a walk home along a well-maintained, flat, nature trail with various trees highlighted along the way.
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.