Explore the most popular hiking trails near Guerneville with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

on Pioneer Nature Trail

walking
19 days ago

Very easy and the redwoods smell amazing.

on East Ridge Trail

hiking
19 days ago

Trail is moderate and pretty. I didn’t think it was probably marked and I lost my way a few times. Ended up taking Armstrong Woods Road down the Pioneer Trail because I couldn’t figure out where the trail picked up again.

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.

I’m a beginner hiker this year ramping up to bigger hikes with elevations. That said, I was hiking solo on this trail and after a couple miles I decided to head back due to lack of experience. Will try again when Someone else can join me.

28 days ago

I would suggest to go counter clockwise starting on the fire road because there is no shade, it was not too hard seemed more moderate to me, you must cross the creek 20 times and some of the crossings are 20 feet of water to cross even in the summer, in the rainy season you will have trouble and will get wet.
I did not see any other hikers the whole trail. My Fitbit showed over 10 miles not 8.5.
My time was limited it took me 3.5 hours I would have liked to stop to enjoy the views and animals but rushed through it.
Overall a nice private trail.

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.

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

Very easy and beautiful!
Perfect for little children and strollers (and wheelchairs too!).

hiking
2 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!

hiking
2 months ago

Parking is $7 fee to enter Armstrong woods, drive through the woods and up a significant elevation to the very limited parking at the trail head. Gets hot and about half the trail is in sun so bring plenty of water. The trail goes right by Bullfrog Campground which looks like a lovely spot to pass the night.

hiking
2 months ago

We did this in reverse-starting down Gilliam Creek and ending on the fire trail. We had an early start, but still ended up doing the uphill fire road in full sun. The last few miles were very hard and unenjoyable. The stream crossings were no problem this time of year. We saw only 3 other people and enjoyed the solitude. A few turkeys passed our way. Bring 2 liters of water per person!

hiking
2 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.

hiking
3 months ago

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

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.

Pretty easy trail. Trees were amazing & the trail was nice

3 months ago

Great place to take out-of-town visitors who want to ogle redwoods without too much hiking—and without the massive crowds of Muir Woods. Much of the trail is wheelchair accessible. Good signage. We went on July 5th, arrived around 4:30pm. Plenty of people, but not too crowded.

backpacking
4 months ago

This is a challenging hike in some places with beautiful views and lots of stream crossings. The beginning of the hike is very steep and is especially challenging at the end when coming back in with a pack on. The fire road offered very little shade so be prepared to sweat when going back uphill.
The water levels were low enough at most crossings but there were a few where you want to take your boots off or wear water shoes. It was refreshing to cool your feet in the water on a hot day in June.
We camped at Tom King campsite. It was secluded near a creek with a couple picnic tables and a fire ring. Pretty nice for backcountry camping! This time of year there is a fire ban in the backcountry so we couldn’t build a fire to ward off the swarms of mosquitoes. Bring your Deet!
Overall a really nice hike with good views. This is the only backpacking trail in Sonoma county and they only give 3 permits per day so you will need to get one early.

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.

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.

Lovely hike through the woods and beautiful overlooks at ridge line. Recorded it on my Strava app and it’s just 4.2 miles for the entire East Ridge/Pool Ridge loop. Great place to spend the morning.

My friends and I had an amazing time. So much gorgeous nature and scenery. Insane views. Totally worth it. HOWEVER, as some have mentioned, it’s about 8 miles, NOT a little over 5. There is a lot of incline and it’s more strenuous than seems implied. There is also several forks in the road and we got a little lost (not by much, maybe 20 minutes extra) but still. In total it ended up being a 9 mike, 4 hour hike. That was with breaks and taking in the views. As I said though, totally worth it

6 months ago

Great workout ! Not many views due to trees .... but STEEP and a great self challenge ... the park is beautiful when you come
Down ... levels for All , but this one is a great beginning ...

Started the hike off with the incline up to 600ft elevation before looping back down. Great weather on the day I hiked. Will come back to climb a little higher.

hiking
6 months ago

Like others have mentioned, this trail is definitely more moderate than easy but it's such a beautiful hike. You can take your time and really soak the redwoods in while you catch your breath ;)

Very challenging, uphill climb. But worth it. Beautiful

Great glutes workout due to the uphill. Love that this hike is mostly forest but with the reward of a view at the top (midway’sh) of the hike. For folks just starting to get back into shape (like myself) this will be challenging but def doable. Just take your time, bring water and dress in layers.

Going up East Ridge is moderate and uphill the rest of the way into Pool Ridge, looping back is easier. Nice hike with great views at to top of East Ridge. I went with a friend so I didn't know much about the hike but not many Redwoods on the hike until the end when going back! Just be warned :)

hiking
7 months ago

Very beautiful hike. Had a great time. Wish we had brought footwear for fording, had to take off shoes a lot. I think the hard rating is probably a bit off, more of a moderate hike. There is some elevation gain, but it is on a fire road, so footing is solid and the grade is not too bad. Certainly give yourself enough time to complete, took us all afternoon due to having to change in and out of footwear frequently.

Lots of newts and wildflowers. Also saw a king snake sunning itself.

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