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#35 of 90 state parks in California

Best trails in Russian Gulch State Park

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Looking for a great trail in Russian Gulch State Park, California? AllTrails has 6 great hiking trails, walking trails, forest trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 5 moderate trails in Russian Gulch State Park ranging from 3.8 to 6.2 miles and from 19 to 564 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

Situated on the rugged Mendocino coast in northern California, Russian Gulch State Park boasts miles of hiking trails, caves, beaches, forested canyons, a waterfall, and a three mile paved bicycle trail. Visitors can traverse the Russian Gulch Creek Canyon from west to east, or start at route 409 and go from east to west. In the spring, the headlands will be covered in beautiful wildflowers.

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Map of trails in Russian Gulch State Park
Park information
Acreage:
1,162 acres
Contact
707-937-5804
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Top trails (6)
#1 - Fern Canyon North and South Trail Loop
Russian Gulch State Park
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Length: 5 mi • Est. 2 h 31 m
Note: The Fern Canyon Trail is currently closed for renovation. For more information, please see https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=432Show more
#2 - Russian Gulch Fern Canyon and Waterfall Trail Loop
Russian Gulch State Park
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Length: 6.2 mi • Est. 2 h 53 m
Note: The Fern Canyon Trail is currently closed for renovation. For more information, please see https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=432Show more
#3 - Russian Gulch Waterfall Loop Trail
Russian Gulch State Park
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Length: 3.8 mi • Est. 1 h 56 m
Russian Gulch Waterfall Loop Trail is a 3.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Mendocino, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used forShow more
#4 - Headlands Trail (Devil’s Punchbowl)
Russian Gulch State Park
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Length: 0.4 mi • Est. 10 m
Starting at the picnic area overlooking Panhorst Bridge, walk southwest along the bluff edge past lichen-laced pines and jaw-dropping views of the Pacific Ocean. Stay close to the craggy shoreline as Show more
#5 - Russian Gulch Fern Canyon and North Trail
Russian Gulch State Park
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Length: 6.2 mi • Est. 3 h 4 m
Note: The Fern Canyon Trail is currently closed for renovation. For more information, please see https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=432Show more
#6 - North and Fern Canyon Trail Loop
Russian Gulch State Park
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Length: 6.2 mi • Est. 2 h 53 m
North and Fern Canyon Trail Loop is a 6.2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Mendocino, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activitShow more