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. Make Russian Gulch State Park a centerpiece of your Mendocino vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Mendocino day trip planning site.
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  • This place is like something out of a movie! Incredible views and super easy access off the coastal Hwy 1. Bathrooms available, decent parking. 
    This place is like something out of a movie! Incredible views and super easy access off the coastal Hwy 1. Bathrooms available, decent parking.  more »
  • 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. 
    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 »
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  • First time I've done this hike. I LOVED it!!! My new favorite hike. There are different trails that lead to the waterfall. The shortest and easiest one is 5 miles round trip. We couldn't take that one all the way because a bridge was washed out and they were rebuilding it, so we had to tack on an extra section. Our hike was a little over 7 miles round trip. It was fun and gorgeous!!!
  • Great little place to stop and enjoy the ocean air. One of the places we stop every time we're on the coast. I've never had such extraordinary photos as I've taken here. From the arches framing the beach, to the rare sun sets that flood the beach in an amber glow, to the blasts of surf colliding with the rocky coast made for an always enjoyable photo shoot.

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