During the logging heyday, Russians established Fort Ross in 1812. These loggers dubbed the area “Russian Gulch” and you can still see evidence of their first redwood shingle mills in the park.
The real draw for travelers is the park’s stunning views, which are considered by many to be the most beautiful along this coastline. The 6.5-mile waterfall
hike (or bike trip) is the highlight of many people’s Mendocino visit. However the array of trails, especially to the 60-foot deep blowhole, the Devil’s Punch Bowl (a large, collapsed sea cave with churning water), and the wealth of activities (swimming, fishing, diving, picnicking, camping) will keep you coming back.
Beach lovers can hike to the sandy beach beneath the Frederick W. Panhorst Bridge. Swimming, tide pooling, diving, and fishing are common favorites with locals.