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Tour of Fort Ross State Historic Park

EASY 20 reviews

Tour of Fort Ross State Historic Park is a 4.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Jenner, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and nature trips and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 4.5 miles Elevation Gain: 531 feet Route Type: Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

running

beach

views

wildlife

muddy

no dogs

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.

hiking
3 months ago

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

hiking
Monday, September 03, 2018

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

hiking
Saturday, December 02, 2017

This was an area we use to dive for Abs

hiking
Monday, April 03, 2017

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.

walking
Thursday, August 04, 2016

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

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2 months ago

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8 months ago

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Saturday, July 14, 2018

hiking
Sunday, June 17, 2018

recorded Ft Ross

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Saturday, March 24, 2018

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Saturday, March 17, 2018

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Saturday, February 10, 2018

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Sunday, December 24, 2017

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