Mendocino and Sonoma Counties
Montgomery Woods, Hendy Woods, and Armstrong Redwoods
Hidden in a remote, steep-sided valley within this reserve is one of the world's most beautiful redwood groves. The lush, sheltered enclave contrasts strikingly with the surrounding oak savannah and contains a tree that was once considered the world's tallest.
Situated among the apple orchards and vineyards of the Anderson Valley, this quiet park has a superb and surprisingly large alluvial-flat grove that is midway between the northern and southern redwood parks in both location and appearance.
Malliard Redwoods is a patch of old-growth redwood upland. There are no trails in this park and really nothing of interest other than some mid-sized redwoods from the road.
Armstrong Redwoods has a very attractive grove that lines the access road to the Colonel Armstrong Tree. The rest of the park, including most of the trails, is less attractive, with a dense understory of tanoak and huckleberry and a rather arid appearance. The park is connected to the very scenic Austin Creek Recreation Area and is within the popular Russian River resort area.
Located just west of the appealing little town of Occidental and the scenic Bohemian Highway, this tiny ridgetop grove has about a mile of trails and a few moderately large trees but, as might be expected for an upland grove, most of the redwoods are small.
© 2005 David Baselt