Russian Gulch Trail

MODERATE 76 reviews

Russian Gulch Trail is a 6.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Mendocino, California that features a waterfall. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
6.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
948 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

hiking

forest

river

waterfall

hiking
2 days 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.

10 days ago

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11 days 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.

13 days ago

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24 days 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

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

hiking
1 month 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.

1 month 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)

1 month ago

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2 months ago

Nice hike to a waterfall mostly in shade. Some puddles of mud but overall the trails are in excellent shape.

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2 months ago

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2 months ago

Starts off partially paved for bikes, felt like a fairy land with all the lush greenery, little blue flowers, and babbling brook. We did the waterfall loop up the hill and back down, but I heard the North Trail is a terrific flat portion once you get up to the ridge.

hiking
2 months ago

Amazing hike - easy to find, good parking and trail head easy to identify. Trail gets better and better as you go further and further. Starts off flat but eventually you go up and down a few times. Trail was in good condition however not always well marked Waterfall is really impressive.

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2 months ago

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2 months ago

Great for the first hike of the year.