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Russian Gulch State Park

Hwy 1, Mendocino, CA 95430
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Ranked #4 of 13 attractions in Mendocino
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: State Parks, Beaches
Description: This park's view of the Mendocino headlands is enhanced by a spectacular array of wildflowers.
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Little River, California
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45 reviews 45 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

This is a nice park with some really good views. Has some really great picture taking areas. Has picnic areas.

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Napa, California
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100 reviews 100 reviews
28 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

Watch out for the Tide! Carry a flashlight! Close the gate on your way out. Our photos showed a Fishing Boat anchored in the small bay - undiscernable on the spot.

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San Francisco, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

Easy parking. Long shlep to the lighthouse, but a terrific hike. View is spectacular, exhibits quite interesting, and staff friendly. Not quite as magical as Point Arena, but a significant and memorable part of Mendocino Wonderland.

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Forestville, California
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71 reviews 71 reviews
31 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

Many have commented on this nice hike. It's 1.6 miles up a gently inclining, mostly double-wide, occasionally paved trail (old logging road, really); then another .7 miles of single track, stairs, and occasionally steeper incline to get to the waterfall. If that's too short, you can take the long way to the waterfall (over 2 miles each way); or split... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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112 reviews 112 reviews
11 attraction reviews
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014

Just loved the sense of exhilaration standing at the edge of the cliffs and looking at the waves pounding the rocks. The vivid colors of the ocean on a clear day was picturesque and seeing in the distance your own holiday home perched on a cliff was romantic.

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Guerneville, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2013

Never quite made it as far as the waterfall since the distance was longer and steeper than we expected. No views of ocean on waterfall trail but a lush, wide path with friendly joggers and hikers

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Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
5 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2013

We took the simple Fern Gulch trail ~2.5 miles each way to the waterfall. All but .7 miles of it is basically paved and an easy walk, the last .7 miles is steep and narrow at points but still very easy to accomplish. The waterfall was pretty and the hike didn't take very long. If you are in the area... More

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Sydney, Australia
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129 reviews 129 reviews
62 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

Although the 'waterfall' is more of a cascade, the walk is easy and scenic. From where we parked our car it was a casual 60 min walk to a point where you could choose the short or longer trail to the waterfall. We took the short walk which was 20 minutes and did include some steps. At the waterfall there... More

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Shingle Springs, California
4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

Russian gulch was absolutely beautiful, we hiked to the waterfall and back about 6 easy miles. So green, looked like a great place to camp. Must come back!

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Byron California
13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

Worth a trip to see .. Spectacular! easy drive so much to see and peaceful as well .. Dont miss out on this gem on the coast !

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