Russian Gulch Loop

Mendocino, California

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Easy access from CA 1 and a straightforward hike along a wide, gently graded road combine to make the well-named Fern Canyon Trail in Russian Gulch State Park quite popular. The first 1.5 miles receive plenty of use from bicyclists, families with strollers, and wheelchair users, as well as bipeds interested in an easy stroll alongside a placid stream. The trail courses through a canyon carpeted with lush vegetation, including a second-growth redwood forest.

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"Easy access from CA 1 and a straightforward hike along a wide, gently graded road combine to make the well-named Fern Canyon Trail in Russian Gulch State Park quite popular. The first 1.5 miles receive plenty of use from bicyclists, families with strollers, and wheelchair users, as well as bipeds interested in an easy stroll alongside a placid stream. The trail courses through a canyon carpeted with lush vegetation, including a second-growth redwood forest."

Activity Type: Hiking, Trail Running
Nearby City: Mendocino
Distance: 7.1
Elevation Gain: 750 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 4–6 hours
Season: Russian Gulch State Park is open all year. Spring offers the added bonus of scattered wildflowers. During winter, when the campground is closed, you’ll have to walk an additional 0.7 mile round-trip.
Accessibility: Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Local Contacts: Mendocino National Forest

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Jun 2018