Russian Gulch State Park

The fourth park we visited was Russian Gulch State Park for a Saturday morning run. We took the Fern Canyon Trail and then the Waterfall Loop Trail to a beautiful 36 foot tall waterfall in a very lush setting. We then continued to the North Boundary Trail where we saw an area of famous pygmy pine forest where mature, full size trees only reach six feet tall! Total mileage was about 6.5 miles. Be sure to check out the complete web album.

Waterfall in lush setting

Waterfall in lush setting

Later on that day we visited the headlands portion of Russian Gulch to see the Blow Hole and the iconic Fredrick W. Panhorst bridge.

Famous Hwy 1 bridge crossing Russian Gulch

Famous Hwy 1 bridge crossing Russian Gulch

The outlet of the sinkhole

The outlet of the Blow Hole

Ferns along the Fern Canyon Trail

Ferns along the Fern Canyon Trail

Bridge under heavy forest cover

Bridge under heavy forest cover

Nice waterfall in lush setting

Nice waterfall in lush setting

Waterfall

Waterfall

View from above the falls

View from above the falls

Pygmy Forest

Pygmy Forest

Famous Russian Gulch bridge

Famous Russian Gulch bridge

Bridge

Bridge

Outlet of sink hole

Outlet of Blow hole

Sink hole overlook

Blow hole overlook

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