Marvel in awe at the beauty that is Russian Gulch State Park, when you travel less than 15 minutes from Cottages at Little River Cove and just two miles north of Mendocino! This fairytale-like forest of towering redwoods also features a beautiful 36-foot waterfall and a collapsed sea cave called Devil’s Punchbowl.
But, before you go hiking to some of the coolest spots in Mendocino, make sure to access our free Itinerary to Mendocino. We want to make your vacation planning as easy as possible, so we went ahead and planned three days for you to help you get started! Your itinerary includes the best restaurants, outdoor recreation, and other attractions along the Mendocino coast!
Exploring Russian Gulch State Park
Which Hiking Trails Should I Explore?
For an easy trail that’s under a mile long (and dog-friendly!), we recommend the Headlands Trail. This trail doesn’t have significant elevation changes, making it easier for walking. You’ll see breathtaking ocean views as you walk along the shoreline.
As you make your way down the trail, you’ll eventually reach Devil’s Punchbowl, a basin that is 100 feet wide and 60 feet deep, where a sea cave collapsed! It’s an amazing sight to see as the waves crash against the rocks in what looks like a giant punchbowl!
Fern Canyon Trail
Go on an enchanting two-mile journey along Russian Gulch Creek when you explore the Fern Canyon Trail. For two miles of the trail, you can ride your bike as well! This trail is absolutely stunning and takes you to a tropical waterfall.
Falls Loop Trail
For 1.6 miles, you can enjoy the Falls Loop Trail. This path stems off of the Fern Canyon Trail and leads hikers to a diverse variety of habitats with beautiful flowers! The sight is the perfect reward after a thrilling and adventurous hike! Don’t forget to take pictures!
Is Fishing Permitted at Russian Gulch State Park?
Although fishing isn’t allowed in Russian Gulch Creek, seasoned anglers are welcome to cast a line in the ocean. Just make sure to bring your fishing license!
Can I Swim at Russian Gulch State Park?
Yes! You can take a refreshing dip in the water at the mouth of Russian Gulch Creek or on the beach.
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Adventurers Love Our Mendocino Cottages
After trekking through fairytale-like forests, winding trails, tide pools, and beside a sparkling waterfall, you deserve to lay down in a cozy cottage. Unwind in the best accommodations in Mendocino, Cottages at Little River Cove. Find us amidst all of the action in Mendocino. We’re near all of the best outdoor recreation and attractions.
Reserve our Farallon Cottage for breathtaking Pacific Ocean views, spacious floor plan, full gourmet kitchen, and eco-friendly bath amenities.
We welcome pets, too, so make sure to include your furry friend in your travels. They’re sure to love a walk through Russian Gulch! But don’t wait any longer. Check our availability and book an adventurous getaway to Mendo today!