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.
The 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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  • We visited the Russian Gulch in mid-July. The area is absolutely beautiful with its rugged blue ocean, picnic areas, plenty of accessible parking and fabulous trails. You will not be disappointed.  more »
  • Beautiful walk through greenery of trees and ferns . Gradual incline towards the falls . Some areas are narrow. Peaceful and enjoyable for most ages .  more »
  • Ok, lets just say that if you are only in the park to view the waterfall, you will be walking about 2 miles one way from the nearest parking lot. Wear very comfortable and used shoes. There is mud on the trail and very hard terrain meaning, steep stairs, going under and over tree trunks, and very narrow spots. It took us about an hour and a half to get to the waterfall and about an hour and fifteen back. The lady in the entrance told us it was .7 of a mile from the parking lot but that's not true. After you have walked more than a mile on the trail, you find the sign that says .7 of a mile more to get to the waterfall. Please take water. Ft Bragg's city temperature was 61 degrees that day. Down on the trail it marked 76 degrees. Yes the waterfall is very nice and there are a few spots to sit. You can also drive to the beach access parking lot and cool down there. Camping spots are available to rent. Bring your camera.
  • Love the trails here. Lots of exploring and lush fern trails. Would camp here too, but a lot of the sites are right off the access roads to the trail...not totally private

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