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About Russian Gulch State Park in Mendocino, California

Russian Gulch State Park, north of Mendocino, has a sandy beach below the Highway 1 bridge where Russian Gulch Creek flows into a narrow cove. Kids can play in the safe waters of the creek, but be careful in the water on the bay. The cove is protected by Russian Gulch State Marine Conservation Area and is a popular scuba diving location.

Hikers will find trails that explore the headlands north and south of the beach and also the Russian Gulch Valley. Don’t miss the Devil’s Punchbowl, a unique natural feature that has it’s own parking area and trails. The waves rush into the bowl through a large rock arch that you can walk on top of.

A paved biking trail loop of three miles winds through the part of the park that is east of the highway. Along the way there is a 36-foot high waterfall to see.

Ask for a trail map when you pay to enter the park. There are several parking areas scattered around and one is right behind the beach. A campground isn’t far from the beach if you plan to stay for the night. You’ll need reservations in the summer months as this is a popular camping spot.

Point Cabrillo Dr and Brest Rd
Mendocino, CA 95460
Park Name
Russian Gulch State Park
State Park
Pet Details
Dogs allowed on leash
Fee for parking, camping
Hiking, Mountain Biking, Scuba Diving, Canoeing, Kayaking, Abalone Diving, Fishing, Camping
Campground, Waterfall, Trails, Paved Bike Path, Restrooms, Showers, Devils Punchbowl, Rock Arch
Map of Russian Gulch State Park
Fort Bragg, US
3:51 pm, May 25, 2024
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Sunrise: 5:53 am
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