Fort Ross, one of the main tourist attractions between Bodega Bay and Fort Bragg, is a California State Historic Park showcasing a historic Russian-era fort compound that has been designated National Historic Landmark status. Located eleven miles north of Jenner on California Highway One, one of the most scenic coastal routes in the world Fort Ross is surrounded by sandy beaches, panoramic coves, and redwood forests, with breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean.
Last winter the Russian River flooded, washing up trash, tires and even a hot tub on this stretch of coastline. Join Fort Ross Conservancy, California State Parks Foundation’s Park Champions, Coastwalk California Coastal Trails Association and the California Coastal Commission for California’s 35th Annual Coastal Cleanup Day!
Let’s work together to clean this up and get our beaches back into their natural pristine state.
Schoolhouse Beach is located at latitude 38.374° and longitude -123.078°. The parking lot has an elevation of 45 feet. A trail at the north end of the parking lot leads towards the beach. There are bathrooms and trash cans available at this site on the north east side of the parking lot. This site sports a few picnic tables and is a great spot at almost any tide level. Leashed dogs are allowed on this beach. Very strong rip currents at this site.
Russian Gulch is located at latitude 38.469° and longitude -123.154° with a parking lot elevation of 20 feet. A restroom, garbage bin, and a recycling bin are located at the south west end of the parking lot. A trail at the west end of the parking lot leads through a wooded area towards beach. No dogs are allowed on the beach. The parking lot is located just north of the highway 1 crossing of the Russian Gulch on the west side of the highway.
Trash tends to accumulate on the north east to east side of the beach, where high tide washes debris inland.
The parking lot has an elevation of 50 feet. While there are several trails leading toward the beach from the parking lot, the main trail is at the north west end of the lot. There are trash and recycling bins at either end of the parking lot. Restrooms are located at the southeast end of the lot. There are no dogs allowed on the beach.
Goat Rock Beach is located at 38.445° latitude and -123.126° longitude. The parking lot has an elevation of 25 feet with a trails at the north and south west both leading to the beach.
There is a colony of harbor seals which call Goat Rock Beach home. It is advisable to stay 50 feet away from the seals at all times, and especially so from March to August during pupping season.
There are no dogs allowed on Goat Rock Beach due to the large number of nesting birds and wildlife. Blind Beach, which is located just south of Goat Rock Beach is dog friendly.
There are picnic benches and restrooms located on the site.