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walking
3 days ago

More meditation than a hike... Wild flowers of every color, seals on the rocks, multiple deer, turkey vultures, and almost no humans...

Short and chill... but don’t booze up here... it can be dangerous if you are careless

hiking
15 days ago

Parking is $7 fee to enter Armstrong woods, drive through the woods and up a significant elevation to the very limited parking at the trail head. Gets hot and about half the trail is in sun so bring plenty of water. The trail goes right by Bullfrog Campground which looks like a lovely spot to pass the night.

hiking
15 days ago

We did this in reverse-starting down Gilliam Creek and ending on the fire trail. We had an early start, but still ended up doing the uphill fire road in full sun. The last few miles were very hard and unenjoyable. The stream crossings were no problem this time of year. We saw only 3 other people and enjoyed the solitude. A few turkeys passed our way. Bring 2 liters of water per person!

On this day had a special opportunity to meet down to earth ..celebrity couple..” A glimpse of our lives”

You can see SF from Gunsight Rock on a clear day! Nice hike. Dog friendly.

Red Hill is the tougher trail! We took a pup and she dis great for the full 7 mi. We parked at the camp ground and started there but realized most people park at Shell Beach. Works either way as long as you start out early enough to finish before sunset!

I'm not exactly in great shape, nor do I go on hikes very often, so I admit I almost decided to just stay at the beach after seeing the trail wind up and up into the hills. I'm so glad I didn't. Absolutely beautiful views of the Russian River valley, the coast, Jenner, and the mountain ranges. Arrived early and only ran into one other person, otherwise just forests, fields, a huge assortment of birds, beetles and butterflies and a morning well spent. Went up Pomo first and came back on Red Hill - you get a good workout but plenty of places to stop and relax.

hiking
1 month ago

this was a great hike. Scenic in several spots with some short steep sections. near the top is an are where past hikers have built various stone formations. highly recommend.

backpacking
1 month ago

So the website will tell you the trail is closed but it is not. When I finally reached a real person at the park I informed them that the website was incorrect. They didn’t seem concerned. Subsequently the backcountry camp was empty. It is beautiful. Like camping on Endor. The hiking is easy but cool and shady. We flew a small plane to Little River airport and hiked in from the Pygmy forest. I recommend parking at the top parking lot and you can avoid the inept state employees. They will never know you are there because they don’t leave the main campground on Hwy 1. We made a day hike to the beach while leaving our camp set up. Camp number 4 is the best. Nice fire pit and table and lots of interesting forest all around.

Also don’t miss the blow hole located behind the little river cemetery. It is amazing and you can climb down inside using ropes!

Varied terrain and nice payoff at end.

hiking
1 month ago

A nice mellow stroll down an out n back. Some really beautiful sweeping views of the valleys out here. Just be warned there are ALOT of ticks this time of year in the tall grasses especially on the last mile of this route. I would maybe skip the end for this reason. At least during this time of year. Especially if your out with your pups.

Lots of great photo opportunities, easy to follow trail, and wasn't crowded at all mid-week.

Absolutely marvelous. Just exactly what the northern Cali coast is at its finest. Loved taking my son

I think I found my new favorite hike. I started as others described: parked at Shell beach, took the Pomo side first, then came back on the Red Hill side. Lovely views, occasional shade and moderately difficult. I'll be back!

backpacking
2 months ago

This is a challenging hike in some places with beautiful views and lots of stream crossings. The beginning of the hike is very steep and is especially challenging at the end when coming back in with a pack on. The fire road offered very little shade so be prepared to sweat when going back uphill.
The water levels were low enough at most crossings but there were a few where you want to take your boots off or wear water shoes. It was refreshing to cool your feet in the water on a hot day in June.
We camped at Tom King campsite. It was secluded near a creek with a couple picnic tables and a fire ring. Pretty nice for backcountry camping! This time of year there is a fire ban in the backcountry so we couldn’t build a fire to ward off the swarms of mosquitoes. Bring your Deet!
Overall a really nice hike with good views. This is the only backpacking trail in Sonoma county and they only give 3 permits per day so you will need to get one early.

Great morning hike with beautiful flowers. Started at shell beach and took Pomo side first. Fog broke while we were at Pomo campground area. Red hill on the way back and back down to the beach for picnic lunch. Perfect day!

This hike was well worth the views of the coast! Definitely recommend Pomo canyon trail going in and red hill trail coming back to avoid a straight uphill climb (but still plenty of challenging inclines along the way). Lots of sunshine on a nice day so don’t forget the SPF!

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful trail with great views. Lots of poison oak but it's easy to avoid. You don't need hiking boots but I agree that flip flops probably wouldn't be good footwear for this particular hike.

Beautiful view!!! Kicked my Mo F***** asssss!!!!!

It is a pretty easy hike. I hiked 4 mi in then return, so 8 mi total. Slopes gently downhill for first 3.5 mi then flat. Uphill almost all the way back to gate. Lots of wildflowers. Mostly shaded once you get into the trees. Only saw 5 mountain bikers, and 2 hikers. Wide trail/dirt road.

The tough climb at the beginning is worth it- gorgeous views :)

hiking
3 months ago

The trail is not marked clearly. There are two trails that branch of the main one that have high grasses and narrow walking area. We stuck to the main walkway to avoid ticks..... ended up plucking 12 of the dog. Overall I wouldn’t recommend this hike.... if you do it , leave the dog at home.

Loved the trail. Quite easy though. I preferred the north trail next to it.

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike; Halfway through the hike someone had placed a really cool labyrinth made out of the local rocks. The hike up to that point is fairly easy; after that it gets a little steep ( not bad going down but challenging on the way back). It was fun though; almost like a mini canyon scramble.

One of my favorite trails ever, especially on a Monday...you have the whole place to yourself! With epic ocean views, rolling green hills, wildflowers, wildlife tracking & viewing, trickling streams and waterfalls, dog friendly... it's perfect!

I noticed lots of 4+ star ratings on this trail but 3 stars on sugarloaf vista, just a few miles away. They aren’t really even comparable from a views and terrain diversity perspective. maybe it’s the mountain biker preference for this trail.

Very beautiful views and lots of different scenery!

Loved this trail! Very refreshing and beautiful!

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