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3 days ago

Wonderful hike! As someone who loves romping through the wilderness this was so fun. The trail is pretty hard to find, but look for the call box, and if you start walking through some fallen trees and find a steel cable, you’ve got it. I parked in the dirt pull off right before the call box. At the end of the redwoods, you night lose the trail, but if you head towards the more open yellow grass, you should be able to find it again.
Went in August and the waterfall was still going nicely! The water was cold but nice to dip feet in. Didn’t get any poison oak/stinging nettle on me, but could definitely see it, so just be careful!
There are ropes to help you where it gets steep, and I almost fell a few times. Just go slow and be careful!
Definitely recommend.

hiking
9 days ago

Lots of up up hill on this hike depending on which end you start. There are many trails off of this trail to extend you hike but bring plenty of water. It’s easy to get lost even with a map. Ended up near BullFrog Campgrounds. That being said our 5.2 mile hike was 9.7 miles. However it’s a great workout and much warmer than you would think for the woods. Lots of sun up on the ridge. Can’t say it enough, bring lots of water!

Hiked the loop today (7/29/18). Parking across the dam at the trailhead was limited. Started at 10:30 am. Went counter clockwise. Very steep up the creek to the falls. Eventually it leveled out to picnic area about 1.5 miles in. The trail around to the east was very nice and well maintained. Not a lot of views and the trail was in shade most of the way. From the where the trail went back down to the lake, the trail back to the original trail at the falls was long. Probably because it was hot and it seemed to keep going and going and going. Once at the turn off at the falls and back to parking, the rest of the hike was all down hill. The guide says it is 7+ miles but my iPhone activity said I went 9.3 miles. I do a lot of hiking and this distance seemed more accurate.

Nice trail. Dogs on leash, hiking and horses. Bikes are only allowed on the fire road- not the majority of the loop.

Cataract falls is an amazing trail. Lots of sights to see and the creek runs along the trail. There are signs all along the way with steps and rails to
Keep you sure footed. Be sure to arrive early because it will definitely get crowded after noon. Parking can be limited as well if you arrive late. All in all great trail and I definitely recommend it for the family hikers with kids. Enjoy!

hiking
21 days ago

Went in mid-June with my husband and small dog. Falls were just a trickle, but the hike up was pleasant with a slight incline. The path was fairly rocky the last quarter mile and a bit uneven for my husband who had to use a walking stick for stability. I wouldn't classify this as an "easy" hike as described, but definitely doable. No benches or picnic tables, but they do provide dog waste bags, and parts of the trail you can have your well behaved pup off leash. Oddly for a Saturday, there were hardly any people, which was nice... not loud. I would consider coming back possibly in fall or spring.

I loved this hike!!! Definitely going to do this again but earlier in the morning (i would suggest to start at 9:00am). My boyfriend and I started at 12:00pm and ended around 3:00pm. Bring snacks to eat and lots of water. Hardest part was driving there and parking, but thats why i would suggest to get their early.

hiking
25 days ago

Armstrong Woods is just the most beautiful place! And if you love redwoods, you must visit this park. Being new to hiking, the East Ridge trail portion of this loop seemed pretty doable on 'paper', at 2.2 miles. It can be approached from either the parking area at the park entrance, or by walking out to the picnic area (both places have bathrooms), about 0.7 miles first. I liked the latter, since it gave me a chance to warm up. As others have pointed out, this trail starts out (either approach) and continues to be quite steep, lots of inclines/declines and seems more "moderate" than "easy" . Being new at this, I appreciated that there were trail markers, and benches to sit at several points. I also like that there were no bikes or dogs allowed - it kept the trail less busy. Brought trekking poles - very helpful with the steep ups and downs. First time took me about 1.25 hours. Trail very well maintained and incredible beauty throughout. Take care with tree roots, as others have pointed out.

Beautiful hike; most of it is shaded which is nice on a hot day, steady elevation, easy parking and easy to follow. One thing though is there are no bathrooms so plan accordingly :)

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike, but definitely more strenuous than this site indicates.

It was a cool short hike.

Great for trail running

Parked near the end of Rowland Blvd, so no fees and easy to find the trail. No water in July, but plenty of shade. Might have heard a coyote howl a couple of times. Our dog loved it.

Definitely one of the most beautiful trails I’ve been to. Will come back for sure!

Grueling but sooooo worth it. One of the most gorgeous hikes the bay has to offer!

Short but nice trail

hiking
1 month ago

The reviews are pretty spot on. This is a very off beaten path trail that seems unkept. We did a lot of bobbing, weaving, and low crawling around overgrown plants and fallen trees. The trailhead is at the call box and plenty of parking on the road but a little scary walking with dogs on a road where cars are driving pretty fast and almost no shoulder. Once we got going it was serene to have the trail to just us. The creek was very popular with my dogs. I never made it to the waterfall at the end because the trail up to it was getting a little sketch and didn’t want my dogs falling off the cliff so we turned around and just played in the water. I rate this a 3 because it was rough and almost like just walking randomly in the woods and not a real trail. But if you’re into that kind of hiking this one is for you! It really helps to keep your recording GPS in this app open to ensure you’re tracking correct because it is very unkept and not a clear trail.

Loved this loop. Steady elevation gain w/no super steep areas, lovely shade through stands of oaks and redwoods. Easy parking along the side of the road where pavement turns to dirt. A bit of a hidden gem.

Bring water. When hiking between May and September you will be exposed to the full sun from mid morning and late afternoon. Very little tree canopy shade. Great birding area and some wonderful vista views. I would rate it an easy hike, more like a walk.

What a surprise! Equal to the best trails in Marin and Sonoma counties. Misty day, but a great showcase for the Redwoods and ferns that dominated the trail. Will be hiking the trail again on a hot, sunny day just to enjoy the contrast.

I bring friends & family members who want to go on a hike but don’t really hike often here...it is a perfect >30minute route. Easy to take with dogs & children. There are hillsides that you can climb up to as well. There is also a wishing tree.

Great views too

The hike was actually 6.8 Miles with 1558 elevation gain. The redwoods portion was beautiful. There are very steep switch backs and a steep grade going up and down. I’m recovering from an ALC surgery 7 months and I had to watch my son who is an active 6 year old from not falling off the ridge. I wouldn’t say it’s moderate. It was more strenuous than an average hike. My wife who is an avid hiker was not pleased to that it was not 5.2 miles as the app stated. We made it with sore bodies at the end of the hike. The top of the views were beautiful. The waterfall was an additional mile and a half so we decided not to add more to our already long hike. It took us a about 3.5 hours to complete with breaks.

Definitely difficult but absolutely beautiful and worth the effort. Completed the 7.5 miles with our dog on leash.

Trails maintained well. Great views and numerous waterfalls from the get-go. Trail stats says 7.7 miles but my Garmin Fenix 5x says we did 10 miles.

Come early if you want to find parking close to the trailhead as it gets crowded later in the day.

loved it! beautiful and shady. it was a gradual climb to the top so not too bad. the trail at times gets pretty small. but a beautiful place!

Compared to other redwood parks (Montgomery Woods, Humboldt Redwoods, Redwoods NP) it was okay. I did go when it was sunny and I think redwoods are best in the rain.

hiking
3 months ago

Took the dogs around the lower loop, “lower” being relative at 1200 ft... lol. Great gradual hike with well maintained switchbacks. The Redwoods coming down over the mountain into the Novato valley are a great treat to eventually see on your way to the top. Looking forward to doing the upper loop next time!

This was so moderately perfect!!!!! Gorgeous! Everything is in bloom. Wonderful hike

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