Armstrong Nature Trail

Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve, California

Distance0.2mi
Elevation Gain99ft
Trailhead Elevation149ft
Top204ft
Elevation Min/Max146/204ft
Elevation Start/End149/149ft
Armstrong Nature Trail is a hiking trail in Sonoma County, California. It is within Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve. It is 0.2 miles long and begins at 149 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 99 feet. The trail ends near the Colonel Armstrong Tree and Icicle Tree. This trail connects with the following: Pioneer Nature Trail and Discovery Trail.

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"In the 1870s, lumberman Colonel James Armstrong, a Union officer in the Civil War, realized that if not preserved, this gorgeous area of primeval redwoods would be destroyed by logging. He set aside the land as a natural park and botanical garden. Due to this early preservation, the 805-acre reserve contains the largest remaining first-growth coast redwoods in Sonoma County. It is also the only grove of first generation redwoods open to the public in the county. This ancient grove flourishes along Fife Creek in a cool and dark valley floor at 3,316 feet. Scattered among the stately redwoods are tanbark oak, California bay laurel, and bigleaf maple. The shady forest floor, highlighted by filtered sunlight, is carpeted with redwood sorrel, trillium, fairy bells, redwood orchid, mushrooms, lichens, and mosses. This hike strolls through the heart of the redwood cathedral under the forest canopy. The Armstrong Nature Trail and Icicle Tree Trail are self-guided nature trails with interpretive displays and a printed guide. The Discovery Trail is a Braille Trail for the visually impaired. Both trails are connected to the Pioneer Trail, leading from the visitor center to the large group picnic area."

"Climbing the ridges that surround the Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve, this trail offers the opportunity to explore the redwoods while taking a longer hike. The ridges are blanketed in fir forests but open up at the highest point of the hike, yielding awesome views to the south. On the return, hike through idyllic little redwood groves along Fife Creek and pass a nice seasonal waterfall."

"This is the finest collection of redwoods in the Bay Area. Towering giants line the trail, and numerous noteworthy specimens highlight features of these unique trees, including notable girth and height, large burls, and great age. This is the best Wine Country hike in the redwoods. Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve contains the grandest collection of coast redwoods in the Wine Country. The 805-acre park was first preserved in the 1870s by Colonel James Armstrong, a prominent lumberman in the region. After his passing, his family lobbied the public to conserve the redwoods, and in 1917 Sonoma County purchased the land for the purpose of making it a park."

"Ancient redwood grove near the Russian River"

"At just 805 acres, Armstrong Redwoods State Reserve is more of a grove than a forest or full-size park. Still, it is a nice but little-known refuge from civilization where you can enjoy ancient 300-foot trees and several easy-to-strenuous hikes without driving too far. This trail guide contains descriptions of the following trails: Armstrong Redwoods State Reserve."

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Jun 2018