Pack 104 will be camping at Russian Gulch State Park in Mendocino County, two miles north of the town of Mendocino
Just two miles north of Mendocino, Russian Gulch State Park combines a three-mile leafy canyon with windswept headlands and pristine beaches along the park’s rocky coastline. Inland, a 36-foot waterfall plunges down into a bower of redwoods, mosses, and ferns. Along the coast, waves crash into a collapsed sea cave called Devil’s Punchbowl, and the photogenic Frederick W. Panhorst Bridge rises gracefully 100 feet from the bottom of the gulch.
In the spring, the park’s foggy headlands bloom with acres of wildflowers. With nearly a mile and a half of ocean frontage, the park is often compared to Point Lobos on the Big Sur Coast. Russian Gulch State Park has 15 miles of trails, with a satisfying mix of shady forest and open coastal hikes. The park’s beaches, coves, and tide pools are great for a variety of water activities.