A brick ride through the cool, quiet forest at Armstrong Redwoods
State Reserve can be a treat in fall, before the season’s first
heavy rains make trails impassable. A newly opened stable here offers
trail rides and overnight pack trips year-round into the tall timbered wildlands of the state park, which is just north of Guerneville and the
Russian River, about 75 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge.
You can choose an easy ride up a wide logging road through redwoods
and Douglas firs, or follow the more challenging Poole Ridge Trail,
which snakes up a hillside and pops out for views of ridgelines falling
away to the west, south, and north.
The 2-hour Saturday and Sunday rides leave at 11, 1:30, and 3:30
and cost $12. Groups are limited to six; to make reservations or ride
other days, call (707) 887-2939. Pack trips cost $75 per day. Shetland
pony rides around a ring cost $1.
From U.S. Highway 101, exit on River Road and head west 20 miles
to Guerneville. In town, follow signs north 2 miles to the park
entrance at the end of Armstrong Woods Road.