East Ridge Loop Trail is a 5.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Guerneville, CA 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.
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.
Beautiful hike. Don't forget your hiking shoes. I recommend arriving no later than 7:30.
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.
Fun trail, it was perfect for a causal weekend hike. Went up Ridge and then looped back on Pool.
Great loop through forest with bull frog pond and ridge views!
I use to have a place in RIo Nido and went to the woods often. It's a super easy trail.
Excellent challenge for a quick weekday get out
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.
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.
Solid trail. The whole fam tackled it. Beautiful trees!
Love it. Have done it twice now on different hikes and this last time with the 5 year old who handled it like a champ... Beautiful way to see redwoods :-)
Amazing trees and park, worth the visit. However beware super crowded. I went on a Monday (yes during the summer) and it was packed. Most visitors stayed on the bottom nature trails. But was sad to run into tourists (wearing improper walking / hiking shoes) pretty far up the trail. Could hear them 10 min before seeing them. I would do this again in the spring or summer when fewer people are on vacation.
Great a must do!