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Jug Handle State Reserve, Mendocino

Categories: State Parks, Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
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4.5/5 based on 85+ reviews on the web
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  • We hiked Russian Gulch the day prior and found this park to be lacking in the many aspects in comparison. We were hoping that the ecological stairway would be more inspiring but found it to be 5 woode...  read more »
  • Jughandle State Reserve fits nicely into the many state parks and reserves along the northern California coast. It doesn't have much that is unique or different. What it does have is excellent example...  read more »
  • Didn't know that this reserve existed until we was a sign for it. The hike is very interesting and passes through about 5 distinct habitats. It is an out and back over moderate terrain and the trail i...  read more »
  • 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.
  • The views of the ocean are breath taking. The hike to the Pygmy forest is work the effort and should not be missed if visiting the area.
  • 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.
  • Best place to camp with easy access 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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