Jug Handle State Reserve, Mendocino

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  • Beautiful views, very rugged coast line. We saw 2 seal lions sun bathing. Paths are narrow and very well used.  more »
  • With the map and signs we never made it to the Staircase. Why? We started from the parking lot on ocean side of highway. The Staircase was on the east side so we never found trail leading under highwa...  more »
  • The Eco Staircase hike (5 miles roundtrip) is not to be missed. Yes, the trail is unmarked in places, which serendipitously leads you to even more magical spots. A mostly level, easy hike, but with a ...  more »
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  • Great beach, great nature hike, awesome location, free.
  • The hike around the coastal meadow and then up to the Pygmy redwoods is one of the best we've ever taken. Easy to follow. Gentle climbs. The Pygmy trees are a little disappointing ( just scrub trees) but getting there and back is a delight. Head out of the parking lot and turn left to go around the half mile coast meadow or right to hike up the trail under the highway and through the trees. But don't skip the meadow as it has views of one of the most charming beach coves I've seen. No bathrooms. The sign says no dogs, but we met several on the trail.
  • Great state Park with no day use fees. Wonderful trail to a pygmy forest and a beach. Nice views of the ocean.
  • Great place to take the kids. Our local elementary school has field trips to this beach. It is also an easy walk to the beach.
  • Great nature hike to the pygmy forest. Be sure to find the trail guide at the head of the trail.

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