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East Ridge Trail

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 3.3 (4)

A hot, dry, and sometimes steep way to loop Armstrong Park.


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Map Key

2.7

Miles

4.3

KM

Point to Point

1,281' 390 m

High

282' 86 m

Low

1,102' 336 m

Up

142' 43 m

Down

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

24%

Max Grade (13°)

Dogs Unknown

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Description

This trail allows for several loop options to create a tour of Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve, but it is much hotter and less interesting than the trails in the valley floor, where most of the redwoods live. The forest up here is mostly douglas fir with small sections of open meadow.

While pleasant enough, and perhaps worth more stars somewhere else, when coming to the park, you're better off in the redwood groves below. The views from the end of the trail are quite nice!

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Nick Wilder

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  3.3 from 4 votes

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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
A lovely winter rainstorm on the East Ridge Trail
Mar 28, 2019 near Guernev…, CA
Looking downhill towards Fife Creek after exiting the East Ridge Trail. Contrary to the map, this area is a series of steep switchbacks.
May 15, 2017 near Guernev…, CA
Watch your step during newt season!
Mar 28, 2019 near Guernev…, CA

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Jun 28, 2020
Marc Daniel
With Mila and an ice cream — 11h 00m
Aug 25, 2018
Chris Orme
Aug 10, 2018
Andy B
May 7, 2018
Ian Fritz
Mar 29, 2018
Paton McClung
Cool morning but the climb took care of that quickly! Great views of the valleys! Switched over to Pool ridge for the descent. Steep as well!
May 14, 2017
Randy Carnley
Only went as far as the Waterfall Trail 1.2mi
Dec 6, 2015
Justin Johnsen
Lovely spot during a rainstorm. 6mi — 1h 33m
Jul 4, 2006
Scott Salas