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Tour of Fort Ross State Historic Park is a 2.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Jenner, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking and is accessible year-round.

Length 2.3 mi Elevation gain 278 ft Route type Out & Back
Kid friendly Walking Beach Views Wild flowers Wildlife No dogs
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The Fort, Sandy Cove, and a walk south to the Reef Campground and Day Use Area Visiting Fort Ross begins more as a meander than a point to point walk. The fort site and its structures have a grand and sweeping view of the Pacific, the local coastal terraces, and densely forested ridges inland. Fort Ross is the site of the southernmost point of colonization in North America by Russia in the early 1800's and was established concurrently with the expansion of the early California Missions. Here the Russians established a trading outpost and farmlands to supply Russia's Alaskan colonies. The site also provided a base of operations for further exploration from 1812 to 1841. On this walk one will start at the Visitor's Center and then stroll through the village and fort sites. After leaving the fort, the walk takes one out onto a bluff and site of the former Eskimo Village and down a road to Sandy Cove, the site of the first shipyard in California. The walk then takes us southward along the bluff to the nearby campgrounds and adjoining cove. From there one can return to the fort or continue to the bluff overlooking Fort Ross Reef.

California State Parks-Fort Ross http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=449

Weather is highly changeable here. Be ready for wind, fog, and sun. Winter rains can be harsh. Early spring is a blaze of green and coastal flowers. Kids will love the driftwood down in Sandy Cove and climbing on the cannons at the fort. Camping is at the Reef Campground just to the south of the fort. Camps are on a first come-first serve basis. Diving and kayaking are pretty good here. According to the Rangers, Sandy Cove is the place to launch though one will need to do a long carry with the kayak. Ask if you can take your car down temporarily.

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Open for hiking as of 6/7/20

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Sarah Elizabeth
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I love History. This is definitely a good place to see the ocean and learn something about America. The smell of the old wood, the breeze from the ocean, very peaceful. There was a small trail behind the visitors center that takes you to the Fort. For those who can’t walk far, you can drive closer, a few handicap spots by the fort. Also, there is a beach you can drive to! Great find!

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Frank Tiesma
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This is a must see location whether or not you hike. Lot's of history to see here.

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Patsy Chu
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More like a tour of the old village buildings reconstructed. Not a hike.

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Bill Crain
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This was an area we use to dive for Abs

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James Shearer
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Great place and worth the 8 dollars it cost to get in the park. Explore the fort, back paths, and beaches it has to offer. Make sure to hit up the visiter center to grab a map.

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Erica Whalen
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Very scenic. Nicely marked trails. Wildlife abundant. Zero connectivit to mobile/ internet. Bring jacket!

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