Russian Gulch State Park, Mendocino

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Russian Gulch State Park is a California State Park in coastal Mendocino County, California, two miles north of Mendocino and seven miles south of Fort Bragg.Park featuresThe park features 7630 feet of rocky ocean shores; it is approximately 3/4 of a mile wide from north to south at its widest point, and extends for approximately three miles from east to west. Russian Gulch is crossed by California State Highway 1, which passes over the gulch on the Frederick W. Panhorst Bridge, a large concrete arch bridge constructed in 1940. The park entrance is on the west side of Highway 1, north of the bridge, and connects by a one-lane road under the bridge to the eastern part of the park. The smaller, western portion of the park consists largely of headlands with a blowhole and picnic areas, while the larger eastern portion of the park includes a campground, the park headquarters, and several trails for bicycles, hikers, and horses. A 2.5 mile hike from the trailhead at the east end of the campground to a 36-foot waterfall largely follows an abandoned logging road along the creek. A small beach, physically in the western part of the park but accessed by a road from the eastern side, is equipped with a restroom and an outdoor shower; swimming, skin diving, fishing, and tide pool exploration are all possible.
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  • This hike takes awhile. Alot of this hike is uphill. At least that is on the way in. On the way out, downhill. Bring bug spray, there are mosquitos. You will definitely work up a sweat on this trail. ...  more »
  • from parking lot, there is a boardwalk with some tide pools access and to a viewpoint where seals are sunbathing. the squirrels are very friendly, probably they were fed by too many visitors. park als...  more »
  • If you would like to see gorgeous rhododendrons blooming in the wild, then don't miss the North Trail at Russian Gulch State Park! We parked in the small parking lot at the end of the campground road,...  more »
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