Looking for a great trail in Armstrong Redwoods State Reserve, California? AllTrails has 7 great hiking trails, trail running trails, forest trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 4 moderate trails in Armstrong Redwoods State Reserve ranging from 3.5 to 5.4 miles and from 114 to 1,328 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!




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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.

12 days ago

Great Trail. I haven’t been on a hike in awhile. I am new to the area. I took the Pioneer trail first then decided to go on the East Trail. Steep, I was huffing and puffing. This is giving me motivation to get in better shape. Get there early if you want to park at the entrance otherwise if you drive up you can park, not sure how much it is to park

I felt the trail was moderate but my gf felt the trail was difficult. either way, the trail was magnificent and had breathtaking scenic views. we walked the trail right after the rain and some of it was a but soggy but nothing messy

The first 2+ miles of the hike were steep uphill! It was mainly shaded and had nice views from the top. Overall a great hike. We stopped at the picnic area for lunch before walking over to the Colonel Armstrong tree.

Beautiful trail. It is a bit uphill in some spots, but not to much. Highly recommend this trail

1 month ago

Beautiful redwoods, full canopy. Well maintained trail.

Beautiful trail and the scenery is beyond amazing!

Luckily the Pool Ridge Trail is open so we could walk the entire loop. Weather perfect!

Great trail. Good combination of challenging uphill and an easier area on the river. Saw deer and a few birds. Waterfall not flowing at this time in October.

Overall really nice hike, as others say it’s tough on the knees on the way down and be sure you have good shoes so you don’t go sliding on the loose dirt (like I did

6.45 miles according to my Garmin. Wouldn’t be a good trail with kids under 10. Went counterclockwise and it was quite a climb for the first half, especially about 1/2 way through. Beautiful the second half on the way down. Big redwoods we’re at the end of the hike. Nice way to finish.

3 months ago

Avoid the traffic at Muir Woods and come here instead! Pioneer trail is a lovely all accessible walk through the redwoods. They have signs for the most popular trees, and there are some trees that you can walk in. Free parking and a nice visitor center. Dogs not allowed on trails but they can be on the roads that are within 100 feet of the trail.

Great trail. Lots of shade. I went at 7.30am and it took me 2hours to do the 6 mile loop. There were a few hills but it wasn’t too strenuous. If you park in the lot before the park entrance booth, you do not have to pay the entrance fee.

Went counter clockwise starting at East Ridge by the bathrooms. I prefer this direction to do the switchbacks on the Pool Ridge Trail downhill. Instead of following the app trail to the end, I detoured and meandered through the touristy Discovery and Pioneer Nature trail, which was fun to see. As another reviewer said, part of the trail to go straight by Loop Trail is closed. I followed this app and went straight, which you can do but the trail involves a lot of branch stepping. Take the detour instead. All of the creeks I saw were dry so no waterfalls. Good terrain change, wide range of environments, and hillside panoramic vistas and a couple squirrels here and there.

Great trail! I started up East Ridge which is a nice, steep climb right from the parking lot before the gate to get the heart pumping. The initial climb is the most challenging part of the hike followed by a descent into the redwoods. The little turnout to the waterfall is open, the falls were trickling, and there was no observed closed areas on the trail. I added in the Redwood Discovery trail which I highly suggest. Flat and easy but beautiful and a quick way to add a bit more distance. Approximate total hike for me was about 3.2 miles and took me a little over an hour to complete with stops for a few pictures. Not too busy and perfect for a quick workout. I'd do it again.

Definitely a hard hike uphill but worth it. Go in the morning to avoid traffic and get parking, but there aren't too many people hiking that far in anyway so not too busy.

We did east ridge up over to pool trail and it was actually closer to 7.5 miles (tracked via Garmin) and a portion of the trail this map implies is open (near Loop Trail) is closed so it makes it a little confusion. Wonderful trail, and good uphill cardio, beautiful walk through the trees if you do the loop this direction.

east ridge to. bullfrog pong and down pool ridge. 2000 feet 8.67 miles

Great well kept and marked trail that takes you between and inside the huge redwoods.

It’s all in the company

Insanely busy 4th of July! Tons of campsites, and many more picnic tables led to many visitors just enjoying the day. Set out onto Pool Ridge with a buddy, i had forgotten how steep this was! Certainly more of a hard hike in my opinion based on other trails nearby. Its steep for a solid chunk of the climb, but also a bit relentless as the climb bends around many times before finally hitting the ridge. Gorgeous views! We chose to descend the road, which was certainly quite a bit easier but much warmer

Some steep parts. We saw wild turkey along the way.

6 months ago

July 4th wknd 2019: Super steep if you start at Pool Ridge Trail - get ready to do 2 hours of uphill. Shaded. Pay $10 to go inside the park. This is strenuous - not moderate - bc of the steep elevation but worth the view when you get up there. The trails on the bottom of the park are pretty too but too easy (less than 1 m and no elevation). Well marked and not muddy at all! You need hiking poles. You can come down the paved road if you don’t want the crazy rolling hills through the Armstrong Trail.

what a great hike. especially going through the east ridge. so many redwood trees. the roots sorta create steps for u to hike on. best hike ive been on so far.

on Pool Ridge Trail

6 months ago

We took the steep route up and it was pretty steep for some in the party less used to hikes, but the way down was smoother. Def recommend to get away from the crowds!

Great hike thru the historic redwoods of California! Great forestry and relatively intense ascent for ~600 feet...can do quickly for a good workout. The waterfall area shows it is shut down but it’s only 1 fallen tree so it’s definitely available to hike...with water in the waterfall!

7 months ago

7 months ago

Beautiful huge redwoods! Totally worth the hike.

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