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The serene, majestic beauty of this Grove is a living reminder of the magnificent primeval redwood forest that covered much of this area before logging operations began during the 19th century. Armstrong Redwoods preserves stately and magnificent Sequoia sempervirens, commonly known as the coast redwood. These trees stand together as a testament to the wonders of the natural world. The grove offers solace from the hustle and bustle of daily life, offering the onlooker great inspiration and a place for quiet reflection. The ancient coast redwood is the tallest living thing on our planet! These remarkable trees live to be 500-1,000 years old, grow to a diameter of 12-16 feet, and stand from 200-250 feet tall. Some trees survive to over 2,000 years and tower above 350 feet. Coast redwoods are classified as temperate rainforests and they need wet and mild climates to survive. The rainfall in Armstrong Redwoods averages 55 inches per year and the trees are often shrouded in a mystical fog that helps to maintain the moist conditions needed for the redwoods to survive. To find out more about these magnificent trees click the link About Coast Redwoods to the right. The reserve includes a visitor center, large outdoor amphitheater, self-guided nature trails, and a variety of picnic facilities. While you can drive into the park, the best way to experience the dramatic effect of the towering redwoods, is to park in the lot at the park entrance and walk in for free. All of the main park features are found along the Pioneer Nature Trail. This trail is a mile and a half long round trip, mostly flat and level with one set of steps. Although no camping is available in the redwood grove, there is a campground at Austin Creek State Recreation Area, which is adjacent to the park. Austin Creek is accessed through the same entrance as Armstrong Redwoods and its rolling hills, open grasslands, conifers, and oaks are a beautiful and dramatic contrast to the dense canopy of the redwood grove. For more information go to Austin Creek State Recreation Area, click on link to the right. The redwood ecosystem is a very fragile one. Every effort is being made to preserve and protect this grove but it can only be done with your help. When you visit, please do not disturb or remove any natural features of the park, stay on designated trails and do not cross low- level fenceline. We hope you enjoy a serene and rejuvenating visit among these inspiring giants. 8:00 AM to one hour after official sunset.

hiking
9 days ago

My husband and I are novice hikers so we thought this trail was more moderate (even difficult at times) than easy. However, I can see where an experienced hiker would find it to be easier than we did.

hiking
12 days ago

One of my favorite trails... I've been doing this loop once a week for nearly 4 months, and I love all the uphills!

Have done this hike 6-8 times. Like the workout from the uphill climb starting at the gift shop and going up East ridge to Pool tail with a beautiful payoff in the Redwoods after the 6+ miles. Easy to follow trails...largely in the shade.

Easy for families, dogs, or an afternoon stroll. If you have family visiting, this is a great place to show outsiders what the Redwoods look like. Beautiful in the sun and in the rain! Entry fee for cars, walk ins are free.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful and shaded trail. Seems more challenging than moderate due to inclines, but maybe that's just me.

Did this short hike in the pouring rain. Gorgeous scenery. Park outside the gate and walk in, save yourself a few bucks.