East Austin Creek Fire Road is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Sonoma County, California. It is within Austin Creek State Recreational Area. It is 4.7 miles long and begins at 1,335 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 9.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,435 feet.
East Austin Creek Fire Road Professional Reviews and Guides
"This challenging hike takes you through some of the most beautiful backcountry in the region. You descend 1000 feet during the first 1.5 miles of the hike and climb the same amount near the end, so be in good shape and bring plenty of food and water. Before attempting this hike, first check with the rangers at the Armstrong Woods entrance kiosk. This trail includes numerous fords of Gilliam Creek and East Austin Creek, and in wet weather, they may be impassible. In the dry season, all open flame may be prohibited, and in the worst conditions, the trail may be completely closed."
--Stephen W. Hinch, Hiking & Adventure Guide: Sonoma Coast & Russian River (Wilderness Press).
"A hidden, wild world lurks in the rumpled Coast Range just north of the Russian River. Closely packed ridges rise more than 1,000 feet above narrow canyons barely 200 feet above sea level. The nearby San Andreas Fault has shaped the area, squeezing it upward, riddling it with smaller faults. Heavy rainfall then dissects the terrain, eroding the folded landscape into today’s convoluted topography."
--Matt Heid, 101 Hikes in Northern California: Exploring Mountains, Valleys, and Seashore (Wilderness Press).
"This loop through the backcountry in Austin Creek State Recreation Area is one of the longest and most isolated trails in the Wine Country. With several creek crossings and two fords of large East Austin Creek, this is wild country, far removed from civilization. The trail has many panoramic vistas of the rugged North Coast Range and primitive backpacker camps, making this a great option for overnight trips. Hidden in the tangled ridges of northwest Sonoma County’s isolated North Coast Range backcountry, Austin Creek State Recreation Area is one of the largest blocks of public land in the Wine Country."
--Bubba Suess, Hiking California's Wine Country (Falcon Guides).
"A hidden, wild world lurks in the rumpled Coast Range north of the Russian River. Here you will find a diverse natural world of oak woodlands, redwood groves, far-reaching vistas, and fantastic spring wildflowers, all tucked deep within secluded canyons. To get to the trailhead, you must drive a thrilling, one-lane road that first passes beneath the gigantic old-growth redwoods of Armstrong Redwoods State Reserve before climbing more than 1,000 feet at a 12-percent grade to dead-end atop a ridge with spectacular views."
--Matt Heid, One Night Wilderness: San Francisco (Wilderness Press).
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