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Russian Gulch State Park, Mendocino

Categories: State Parks, Beaches, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
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4.7/5 based on 160+ reviews on the web
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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  • Russian Gulch State Park has much to offer on both sides of Hwy. 1. To the east/inland side, great hiking trails lead to the area's largest waterfall and a variety of gorgeous views. To the west, easy...  read more »
  • We hiked a beautiful trail to a small waterfall. There are several options of varying lengths and degree of difficulty to get there. We chose a 5 mile round trip 
  • Take the well marked trails to see a multitude of sights. The flora and rocks were spectacular. Loved seeing the rocks and waterfalls 
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