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Armstrong Redwoods Tour

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 4.2 (6) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A beautiful, easy run through a "young" old-growth redwood forest.


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Map Key

2.1

Miles

3.4

KM

96%

Runnable

359' 109 m

High

252' 77 m

Low

200' 61 m

Up

199' 61 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

14%

Max Grade (8°)

Dogs Unknown

Overview

This small park is much like Muir Woods National Park two hours to the south, with the same amazing trees and lovely path through forest floor. What it lacks: all those people. While there is some traffic here, it's nothing like Muir Woods, and there are many places to enjoy a picnic in peace.

Need to Know

You can drive through this area, but the traffic is light and not a problem at all. There are picnic spots scattered all over - take your pick! There is FREE parking right before start of the trail, and walking in to the park is free. Driving in to the picnic spots incurs a small entrance fee.

Description

This route covers the three trails nearest the park entrance and visitor center, and take you through the best section of redwoods in this park. Several are called out with special historical plaques. They are are up to 1500 years old and 310 feet tall. Think about that for a minute!

If you'd like a longer run, there are several trails to make much longer and harder loops. Most of those trails are much hillier, and once you leave the valley floor, the trees change to Douglas fir and bay laurels. It's still lovely forest, but very common for this part of California and lacks the magic of the redwoods.

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Nick Wilder

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  4.2 from 6 votes

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Lovely bridge over Fife Creek.
May 31, 2016 near Guernev…, CA
The Colonel Armstrong Tree: 308 feet tall and 1400 years old!
May 31, 2016 near Guernev…, CA
Among the redwood giants.
May 31, 2016 near Guernev…, CA
A quiet stretch of the Pioneer Nature Trail.
May 31, 2016 near Guernev…, CA
How do you know you're old? The outer-most notation marks the civil war. The inner one: Leif Erickson reaches North America.
May 31, 2016 near Guernev…, CA

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Jun 30, 2019
dydayley
Jun 16, 2017
Merritt Gile
Very quiet this morning.