"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"