Armstrong Redwoods – Largest Redwood Grove in Sonoma

Is there anything more “Northern California” than redwoods? Maybe wine and redwoods.

Armstrong Redwoods State Nature Reserave is the largest public redwood grove in Sonoma County. There are trees that are literally 1,400 years old and others that are more than 300 feet (100 meter) tall.

As if that were not enough to lure you out there, you can also sample more than 20 local wineries on your way there!

It’s a perfect autumn activity.

Here is a longer and more artistic video by Luke Meleski.

Suggested Walks and Hikes

Most people do the 1-mile (1.6km) Pioneer Nature Trail from the park entrance to the Armstrong Tree and Forest Theater, and then returning via the same route.

Our favorite is a relatively strenuous, 5.6 Miles with 1100'elevation climb, along the East Ridge Trail. For this hike, take the East Ridge Trail from the front parking lot to the Gilliam Creek trailhead. Loop back down to the grove by taking the Pool Ridge Trail to the Armstrong Tree. Return to the entrance via the Pioneer Nature Trail.

There are many other trails. The following is an excerpt from the official site.

Easy 1.7 Miles: Take the Pioneer Nature Trail from the park entrance to the Armstrong Tree, then to the picnic area, and return.

Moderate 2.2 Miles with a 400' climb: Take the East Ridge Trail from the front parking lot to the picnic area and return to the entrance via the Pioneer Nature Trail.

Moderate 2.3 Miles with a 500' climb: Take the Pioneer Trail from the entrance to the Armstrong Tree. Then take the Pool Ridge Trail to the picnic area. Return to the entrance via the Pioneer Nature Trail.

Moderate to Strenuous 3.3 Miles: This is a combination of the above two hikes. Take the East Ridge Trail from the front parking lot to the picnic area. Then take the Pool Ridge Trail to the Armstrong Tree and return to the entrance via the Pioneer Nature Trail.

Strenuous 9 Miles with 1500' climb: Take the East Ridge Trail from the front parking lot to Bullfrog Pond Campground. Return via East Ridge Trail or Armstrong Woods road to the Pool Ridge Trailhead. Take the Pool Ridge Trail back to the grove. Return to the entrance via the Pioneer Nature Trail.

Click here for and official map of the park.


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