Russian Gulch State Park - Waterfall Loop
Whether you hike the 6 1/2 mile round trip, 7 1/2 mile semi loop or just the first
5 miles round trip (paved road), you are bound to enjoy this heavily forested creek canyon.
With slight elevation gain, this trail takes you along ferns and redwoods to a beautiful
36 foot waterfall. The park is located on the west side of Hwy. 1 just north of Mendocino.
This state park surrounding the village stretches for approximately 2 1/2 miles.
Although you can join the trail at various points, it begins just above Big River
Beach (off Main Street beyond the old Mendocino Presbyterian Church).
CAUTION: The ocean surf up here can be very rough and is unpredictable -
always be aware and never turn your back to the ocean!
Point Cabrillo Reserve
A leisurely 1/2 mile round trip walk takes you to the Point Cabrillo Light House
across the headlands. We recommend the docent guided walk every Sunday at 11:00 am
(May through September) for an interpretive tour of the lighthouse.
The reserve is located north on Highway 1 off Pt. Cabrillo Drive.
Van Damme State Park
Located just south of Mendocino, Fern Canyon Trail is a 5 mile round trip hike with
slight elevation gain/loss. This is a wonderful hike along a lush, forested, fern canyon
in which you will follow (and cross over several times) the Little River.
Jughandle State Reserve
Hiking the Jughandle Ecological Staircase takes you up and across five marine terraces
created by plate-tectonics. The changing terrain takes you through a creek canyon,
tall forest and into a pygmy forest! There is also a short trail across the headlands
to a small pristine beach.
The preserve is located approximately 3 miles north of Mendocino on the west side of Highway 1.
We will be happy to recommend other hikes or give you more information on the above - just ask!