Russian Gulch Trail

MODERATE 89 reviews

Russian Gulch Trail is a 6.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Mendocino, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until October.

DISTANCE
6.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
948 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

no dogs

10 minutes ago

Beautiful waterfalls but path is full of stinging nettles. Spent more time trying to avoid being stung than enjoying the trail.

2 days ago

2 days ago

pretty fun trail with gorgeous forest views and an awesome waterfall midway through. shorter options available

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7 days ago

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29 days ago

Walked this trail today. Did the 2.7 one way. It was beautiful and we took kids age 4-9 with us and they did great. I did find out while there that dogs ARE NOT ALLOWED.

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing trail! Beautiful and almost completely shaded. I went on a day that was over 100 degrees inland, and it was an amazing 60 degrees on the trail. I was alone the majority of the trail
And just saw a couple people right at the end. A little muddy in areas, but not terrible. Loved the waterfall and even benches at the waterfall to take a break.

hiking
1 month ago

This is a really peaceful loop through the forest, and has a beautiful waterfall + pool to wallow in near the half-way point.

1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Really enjoyed this hike.

This trail is a bit crowded along the shortest path to the waterfall. However, every other part was totally empty (we saw no other hikers). If you're up for it I recommend the full 8-shaped loop which is about 6-7 miles depending on where you park. One thing that was really nice is it is entirely shaded so even on a sunny day the temperature was comfortable.

1 month ago

1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Crowded, a bit wet, very green. Beautiful waterfall, totally worth the hike! Walk along the creek in between the redwoods. There is disagreement in the car on if this deserves a 4 or 5 star rating. Also, no ticks that we saw which is a plus. Lots of picnic areas on the way, bikes allowed until halfway when the hike moves from easy to moderate.

1 month ago

2 months ago

Not dog friendly according to the park ranger at the gate.

hiking
2 months ago

Solid trail. Not sure how crowded it is on the weekends, but it was nice and empty during the week. Round trip time was roughly 2.5 hours, including hanging out for a half hour at the falls. Perfect for a relaxing day hike.

Be sure to check out the beach on your way out of the park, there are great views of Highway 1 from the valley floor.

2 months ago

Great trail for a tandem and a wife who is a bit nervous on a bike. Biked al the way to the falls trailhead, locked up and walked the rest of the way.
We were able to fit it all in in about 1.5 hours, just before an amazing dinner at Brewery Gulch.. (yes, if you want a great place to stay it worth it)

2 months ago