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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3 Comments Add yours

  1. willgotthardt says:

    I’m repeating myself, but great stuff, as always.

    Awesome trip.

    Will G.

  2. w8lessinwater says:

    Very nice, I’ll to have to head up that way. It’s not nearly as lush here in So. Ca.

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