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"Russian Gulch State Park" Fort Ross State Historic Park Things to Do Tip by JLBG

I have no photo of Russian Gulch State Park as on our way it was buried in the fog, though the weather was gorgeous in Point Reyes and fair in Fort Ross !

It is 2 miles north to Mendocino and it is a place where the coastline makes a sharp indentation into the land. Russians from Fort Ross explored and chartered the place. The original charts are kept in Saint Petersburg.
The name Russian Gulch suggests that the Russian had some kind of settlement in this place. I have not found any evidence but that cannot be excluded. I have read that “when cartographers were sent out by US Government to chart this spot, it was called Russian Gulch for want of a better name.”

In 1852, a sawmill was built to produce lumber from the redwoods. It is possible, but not documented that previously, it was a place where the Russians produced lumber for their shipyard in Bodega Bay.

Besides many trails for hiking Russian Gulch State Park has an impressive "blow hole". The waves have carved a 70 meters tunnel that ends at a 30 meters wide and 20 meters deep blow hole where at high tide the water surges violently.

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  • Written Mar 17, 2009
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