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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  • Enjoyed a short hike in the park. There are some good views from the cliff and picnic tables with lots of trees and shade. We went on a weekday and could find parking though I suspect it may be a... 
    Enjoyed a short hike in the park. There are some good views from the cliff and picnic tables with lots of trees and shade. We went on a weekday and could find parking though I suspect it may be a...  more »
  • Recent rains made this park a gorgeous, lush wonderland of fragrant redwoods surrounded by green ferns. It was quiet, shady and cool. The main trails are well packed and mostly wide, though not paved....  more
    Recent rains made this park a gorgeous, lush wonderland of fragrant redwoods surrounded by green ferns. It was quiet, shady and cool. The main trails are well packed and mostly wide, though not paved....  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!!!
  • We accidentally went on the 8 mile hike. It definitely was a trip. The walk is beautiful in the forest. You are surrounded by lush greens. It feels very secluded but, just when it gets scary there are other hikers that walk by. This hike isn't for the weak of heart. I biffed it pretty hard at one point but, I kept going. We finally reached the waterfall and we were sweaty everywhere. The waterfall was beautiful but, then you realize that you have to walk all the way back. When we got to our car we could barely use our legs. We drove straight to Frankie's, for pizza, beer and ice cream - we deserved it after that...didn't feel guilty about the calories at all.

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