Secret Trail to a Waterfall

Secret Trail to a Waterfall

This secret trail to a waterfall is an enchanting spot that is only a 20 minute walk off of County Road 409, between Mendocino and Fort Bragg. Dogs must be on a leash no longer than six feet.

You can also hike to this secret trail to a waterfall from the Russian Gulch State Park Campground near Mendocino. That route takes about two hours and you would have to pay a day use fee to park your car at the campground. Russian Gulch State Park Campground allows dogs on leash at the picnic area, beach, in the campground, and on paved park roads and the Headlands Trail. Except for service animals, dogs are not allowed on any other trails in the park. At night, pets must be in a tent or vehicle.

Starting at the intersection of Highway 1 and Highway 20 in Fort Bragg, drive south on Highway 1 toward the village of Mendocino. After five miles, you will come to a bridge on Highway 1 with a sign identifying: Caspar Creek.

Immediately after this bridge (at milepost # 54.65) you will come to the intersection with County Road 409 on the left. (The road to the right at this intersection, is called Point Cabrillo Drive.) Turn left on Road 409, heading east. Park just beyond milepost 3.26 where the pavement ends.

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