Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Rave Run: Russian Gulch

As a Runner's World subscriber, I love the Rave Run column in the Warmup section at the front of the book. Here's a post inspired by the Rave Run:


Jess Hemerly

The Experience

This 6 mile out & back trail in Russian Gulch State Park in Mendocino, California starts with a paved pedestrian path that gives forth to an off-road loop that takes you to Russian Gulch Falls. Once into the redwoods, the canopy provides both a beautiful backdrop and shade for a comfortable run. With only about 800 feet of elevation, the trail is rated moderate and is popular with hikers. The falls make a great hydration and snack stop.

Fast Fact

The name "Russian Gulch" was given to the area by U.S. government surveyors, in honor of the Russian fur trappers who founded Fort Ross fifty miles to the south.

Four-legged Friendly

Dogs are allowed on the trail as long as they are on a leash.

Eat This

The Goodlife Cafe and Bakery in nearby Mendocino makes great local organic fare to feed the post run munchies. They have an incredible gluten-free bread, and some of the best coffee in town.

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