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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  • August 14, 2017
    Aug 2017- We hiked to the waterfall and it was a lovely hike following the river. Mostly easy and I love a hike with a destination in mind (beautiful waterfall). There was a family that had to turn ar...  more »
  • August 8, 2017
    My husband wanted to do a long trip with the horses up in this area, so I found this horse camp and thought we would give it a go. There is a locked gate to access the camp. Make sure you get the code...  more »
  • August 3, 2017
    I've visited this park several times in the past and hiked a different trail every time. This time I hiked the coastal trail to the "sinkhole". The sinkhole itself wasn't anything special, but the vie...  more »

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