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Great trail, saw lots of deers, squirrels and kids learned about surrounding plants. Nice little hike! Plus it was a treat taking out some kayaks after the walk.

Great running path! It's mostly flat, had bathrooms and water (it's a few miles at least between the bathrooms, but not bad). For a long run I would recommend bringing a water if your own. Nicely shaded which makes it nice even in hotter weather. On Saturdays there's a lot of people on it, which makes me feel safe. I love how long it is! Perfect for those weekend long runs :D I would usually start the trail by Sac State and run up toward Folsom.

Very nice packed trails for a beginner like me. Daughters loved it and the nature center. It has some live animals and an interactive museum. Quite a few different trails. Watch out for the river trail. Lots of rocks so watch your footing, but still pretty easy. River is gorgeous. I was told that you could watch the salmon traveling the river. We were too early to see that so we will be making another trip there soon.

We did this yesterday and had a very nice time. I love how many different birds there were. we did see a couple of cranes and 2 deer. Not many people out yesterday so was very peaceful.

hiking
26 days ago

Great hike. Not to long, lots of various trails/paths to take. Safe, lots of kids all ages enjoying the nature center and trails.

1 month ago

Great trail. Starting with North Ridge trail begins you with many stairs but it is by far the hardest part of the entire trail so you get it out of the way quickly. The top views on Mt. Livermore is literally 360 and gorgeous. Make sure you bring water and sun screen- as it gets more open and less opportunities of shade as you go up.

Taking Sunset trail down sets you up for great views of the Golden Gate Bridge.

A few animal sightings- deer, lizards, birds, and little rodent friends. Make sure you keep track of time- I hiked up and ran down the other end which made for a good workout going down as well! Would totally do it again and will probably bring new comers to the area!

My fiance and I planned to move back to his hometown of Sacramento. I had lived in Ohio all my life, and was pretty scared when I first came to visit Sacramento with him to see where we would live. The first time I felt relief and could envision myself living in Sacramento was when he took me to this trail. Lovely spot, beautiful river, always lots to see. Path is clean and well marked. Just took my parents here when they visited for the first time. Great trail, a must for anyone new to Sac.

Great hike with some beautiful views and you end in a redwood grove. They closed the trail while we were on it and must have been doing some storm damage clean up but we were able to go straight through without any issues.

Such a nice surprise to find this in the middle of Lodi! only down side is theres no dogs allowed--understandably as theres TONS of deer in there. I did break the rule the first time but never again, dont want to freak out the wildlife no matter how well behaved my dog is.

I walk this as much as possible. I add extra mileage by starting outside the park. It’s an amazing walk and the river itself is gorgeous with clear cool water. Lots of wildlife in the preserve just beautiful all around.

Beautiful views on nice, well marked trails. A hidden gem

Nice little place to get your morning started.

Great hike but grueling! Be warned, this is 5.8 miles and 1600+ ft gain, not what is advertised on All Trails nor on the park map! The Park map says this loop is 1100 ft gain and 5.6 miles. That additional unadvertised 500 ft gain is REAL. The ascent is quite steep for the first 2.5-3 miles without much letting up. I made the mistake of starting the hike with only about 2 hours of solid daylight left, thinking I was in for only an 1100 ft gain, and I had to hoof it really the whole way and made it back within 2 hrs and 15 minutes. I'd say this is more of a day hike than a quick jaunt, entirely due to the ascent. That said, if you are looking for an intense quick jaunt that will really test your stamina, this is your ticket. The views at the top are worth a great rest for a snack, some pics, and regrouping. I didn’t have time to do a real break, due to the waning daylight, but got some great shots before booking it back down.

Paul is spot on - you need to pay attention to the map or you could easily end up off the main trail. Strava GPS read 8.1 miles at the trail end/Armstrong tree. A great hike.

Great trail, love doing this one

One of the most beautiful trails, I started in the free parking lot outside of the park behind the bathrooms, it was a steady up hill but not to to bad but a great workout with few people on the trail, but the way down is where the beauty of the trail comes into view.

There are lots of trails off the main trail so keep a close eye on your map.
When you get to the top you have 5 different choices but the AllTrails map only shows 3.
I will return here is was fun

I did this trail twice, once at a fast pace and once at an easy pace. Both times were great and fun. Definitely a must-do if you like the outdoors.

walking
2 months ago

it's a quick walk, flat.

The hike to the peak of Livermore was about an hour to the top. Getting to the peak where that antenna thingy is tricky. There was a tiny path with a lot of shrubbery, but we got there.

Lots of great views even though it was a bit foggy. Bring water, snackage, and a pack. Plan for two optional ferry arrivals and departures. It’s always good to leave extra wiggle time for unexpected traffic, short breaks, and anything else that may come up.

nice walk with our baby in the umbrella stroller. nice views too!

hiking
3 months 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!

Short and sweet hike for those looking for a low key jaunt. Pretty atmosphere.

Decent walk with no water in the marshes. It can't be done as it is mapped. I came across 2 different closures with simple go arounds but made it a little longer. I made it even longer by not turning my GPS off... Very little life there this time of year. Seems like there are some bobcats and coyotes in the area. I saw a few birds shredded on the trails. With the closures probably 4.2 miles.

I love this easy little trail. It may be one of the best spots to go bird watching near Sacramento.

Went a few weeks ago and the water was all dried up and birds were gone... :( boring. Migration season of waterbirds, spring and fall, is awesome here.

I do not recommend this trail for solo women.

I went biking on this trail midday on a weekday. I rode from ~ Del Paso Blvd to ~Capital City freeway and back.

Not only were there large groups of transient men congregating both adjacent to and in the middle of the trail, but I was followed on bike by a seemingly well-off guy who I believe was haunting the trail specifically for the purpose of following women. (He was a white male, medium athletic build, mid 30s-early 40s, blue cycling outfit, phone band on left arm, with brown mid length hair.)

I successfully got him to stop following me but the trail is so isolated and lined with dense vegetation that anything could have happened without a passerby noticing. I won't be going there again, not alone at least.

I love this lake. Sweet tree you can jump out of right off the trail. Definitely will return.

hiking
3 months 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.

Nice and easy, good relaxing stroll

Nice easy hike, mostly shaded. Saw deer and lots of birds.

This trail is great!!!

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