East Ridge Trail

Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve, California

Distance2.7mi
Elevation Gain2,466ft
Trailhead Elevation120ft
Top1,332ft
Elevation Min/Max115/1332ft
Elevation Start/End120/120ft

East Ridge Trail

East Ridge Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Sonoma County, California. It is within Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve and Austin Creek State Recreational Area. It is 2.7 miles long and begins at 120 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 5.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,466 feet. The Armstrong Redwoods Visitors Center ranger station is near the trailhead. There are also parking, restrooms, and drinking water. The Parson Jones Tree can be seen along the trail. Near the end of the trail is an information board. This trail connects with the following: Waterfall Trail and Pool Ridge Trail.

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Day Hikes Around Sonoma County (Day Hike Books)
Robert Stone
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"The East Ridge-Pool Ridge Loop circles the heart of Armstrong Redwoods State Reserve on two ridges that overlook the firstgrowth redwood forest deep in the Fife Creek Canyon. The hike begins and ends on the canyon floor among the magnificent giant sentinels. The East Ridge Trail climbs 1,100 feet through Douglas fir, tanbark oak, California bay laurel, and madrones, emerging to far-reaching views across the tops of the ancient forest. En route, the trail crosses the headwaters of Fife Creek and passes Pond Farm, which was the home, workshop, and school of well-known ceramic artist Marguerite Wildenhain from 1949 to 1980. The hike returns on the Pool Ridge Trail, which parallels the opposite side of the canyon in the Austin Creek State Recreation Area. The trail leads to the canyon floor and the Colonel Armstrong Tree, passing open grassy slopes and skirting the West Branch of Fife Creek. The trail descends through gnarled oaks, bay laurels, and Douglas fir. The two trails are also equestrian routes" Read more
Best Easy Day Hikes: San Francisco's North Bay (Falcon Guides)
Tracy Salcedo-Chourré
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"Stretch your legs on a steady climb to the ridge top overlooking Armstrong Woods, then stretch your neck looking up the ramrod-straight trunks of redwood trees into the quiet green canopy." Read more
Hiking & Adventure Guide: Sonoma Coast & Russian River (Wilderness Press)
Stephen W. Hinch
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"Enjoy the solitude and marvel at the scenery as you hike this little-used loop trail around the western flank of McCray Mountain. For most of its length you climb a wide, easily traveled fire road. At the top of the hike, a short stretch of single-track trail winds through open forest with moderate undergrowth before joining another fire road for the descent back to your car. At several points along the way you have magnificent views south and west all the way to Santa Rosa and beyond." Read more
Hiking & Adventure Guide: Sonoma Coast & Russian River (Wilderness Press)
Stephen W. Hinch
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"This challenging hike starts and ends in redwood forest, while the center portion traverses wooded grasslands. For the first 3 miles you climb a total of 1200 feet through sheltered forest along East Ridge Trail. The initial 500 feet of your climb lies within Armstrong Redwoods and the remainder within Austin Creek. At the top, you take Gilliam Creek Trail just long enough to cross over to Pool Ridge Trail for the descent. You have several chances for an early return along the way, but even the shortest loop involves considerable elevation gain. This loop is suitable for equestrians as well as hikers." Read more

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Trail Information

Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve
Nearby City
Austin Creek State Recreational Area
Parks
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
U.S.G.S. Guerneville and Cazadero Armstrong Redwoods State Reserve map
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Dec 2018