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East Ridge, Waterfall, and Pioneer Nature Trail

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Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve

East Ridge, Waterfall, and Pioneer Nature Trail is a 2.4 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Guerneville, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round.

Length 2.4 mi Elevation gain 574 ft Route type Loop

Kid friendly

Hiking

Forest

River

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

Wildlife

No dogs

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Please note that as of April 2019, the Waterfall Spur Trail has recently been closed. This loop can still be done, but will be slightly longer (if the Waterfall Trail is closed). This exact route is no dogs but almost all the trails in Armstrong follow a road and you can have your dogs on the road.

Armstrong Grove State Preserve http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=450

Armstrong can get quite busy on weekends and holidays but it's one of those parks that people in the region keep going back to. Traffic along the Russian River can get pretty slow. The region is popular for its river beaches, fishing, and boating. It provides access to more remote trails in the Austin Creek Wilderness area.

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Randy Young
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Walking

fantastic

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Lynnae Thompson
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The East Ridge trail was mostly uphill for over 2 miles. Not many plateaus to give relief so we stopped now and then to rest. There are markers periodically but not at every intersection so it wasn’t always clear which way to go. Redwoods are mostly at the lower elevation and it thins out the higher up you go. Beautiful hike all around.

Juan Jose
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Hiking

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

Greg Olson
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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.

Keli Jones
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Hiking

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.

Rebecca Pecoraro
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Gustavo Martinez
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Hiking

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

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K Lu
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Hiking

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

Ben Rodgers
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Hiking

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!

Jenevieve Petray
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Says trail is closed but I had no problem completing it. Just have to step over a tree or two. Not the best views- the trees block the view but beautiful forestry.

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Joanna Rojas
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Joe Parisi
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I went in mild rain. So green and beautiful. I ended up not doing loop as I went further north and then back. Really cool and saw nobody for 1.5 miles then several people later. Got more and more crowded after 11 am.

Lucas Hatton
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Jason Allen
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The trail is pretty easy to follow and the beauty of the redwoods can’t be beat. I haven’t been here in years but feel inspired to go back soon.

Katherine Sanderlin Silva
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Beautiful trail. We could have sat on the bench by the waterfall for hours and the trees were incredible. Pure magic. Recommend layers because even with the shade of the trees you’ll heat up with the incline. The trail was challenging in places but fun. We struggled with getting off trail the last 45 minutes but found our way back on. Highly recommend and agree that it’s moderate!

Andrea Sei
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Rachel VanOverloop
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Randell Carnley
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Completed trail on 14 May 2017. Trail listed is a combination of 3 seperate trails (Armstrong Redwoods Tour Trail, East Ridge Trail, and Waterfall Trail). We started on the Armstrong Tour that was very easy and a nice stroll through giant Redwood trees, then followed the ridge back from the welcome center. This portion was definitely more difficult with very steep climb to the ridge top. The Waterfall trail is a very steep and difficult climb from the parking area east parking area to the East Ridge trail.

Sam Rusch
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Depending on which direction you start first, one half of the trail is a lot of up hill and down hill, the other half is all flat and goes through the camp ground. There's a lot to look at and a lot of big beautiful redwood trees, there's also a creek/waterfall. I can't wait to go back!

David Proulx
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Lotta people, but this place is absolutely magical. Redwoods are spectacular and hiking amongst them is a true honor. Did a modified loop with the fam.

Meagan Brennan
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All the trails say no dogs but almost all the trails in Armstrong follow a road and you can have your dogs on the road. You don't miss too much by following the road.

Becca Greenwell
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well-maintained, flat, easy nature trail. Beautiful old redwoods along the way!

Erica Whalen
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Great! gravel path stroller fair, cool weather. Easily marked trail. Comfortable picnic grounds. Very glad I took this path.

Elizabeth Solis
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Good low intensity hike, several hiking trails to pick from ( intermediate to advanced)

Linda Murphy
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Easy and gorgeous redwoods

Beth G.
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Hiking

Great trail! Just enough challenge and distance for my 10 year old nephew! Would do it again!

Jessie Stehle
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It was great. I would not say this is an easy trail initially. The first 45 mins was a straight up hill climb. I brought my dog but it was unclear to me if he was allowed?

Ricardo Ramirez
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Robert Kruse
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