Russian Gulch is a delightful place to visit on California's north coast. It's a sprawling state park with miles of trails to explore, a delightful waterfall tucked among some redwoods, beautiful oceanscapes viewed from bluffs rising out of the ocean, and a protected beach spanned by a picturesque bridge.
Russian Gulch State Park FAQ's:
Question: Where is the Russian Gulch State Park?
Answer: The Russian Gulch State Park is located three miles north of the Mendocino Village on highway 1.
Question: How big is the Russian Gulch State Park?
Answer: The park has a total area of 1,162 acres with 7,630 feet of ocean frontage.
Question: How did the park get it's name?
Answer: Russians who established Fort Ross in 1811 were probably the first white men to explore and chart this area. Later, when cartographers were sent out by U.S. Government to chart this spot was called Russian Gulch for want of a better name.
Question: What does the park feature?
- Bike Trails
- Exhibits and Programs
- Family Campsites
- Group Campsites
- Guided Tours
- Hike Or Bike Campsites
- Hiking Trails
- Horseback RidingTrails
- Scuba Diving
The Blow Hole:
One of the many features of the headlands is the "blow hole." Its formation was made by the incessant pounding of waves against the coastal headlands. A tunnel has been formed which comes inland about 200 feet, and at its end the earth has caved away forming a hole 100 feet across and 60 feet deep; one can look into this flower and plant-lined pit and watch the surging sea at high tide
Russian Gulch State Park
Here is a California State Parks Site with information about the Russian Gulch State Park.
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Here is a campground and trail map of the park.
California State Parks
Here is a state park site providing some history about the park and a photo.
Best California Beach.com
A California beach site with descriptions of Mendocino County beaches as well as the entire state.