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Jug Handle State Reserve, Mendocino

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  • Great walk with geology lesson at the start; grassy fields that lead to the cliffs overlooking the rocky coastline  more »
  • Lovely little secluded coves, nice, clean beaches with moderate access. Not particularly good for beachcombing, other than small driftwood pieces. Enjoy the wildflowers in the cliff sides and bluffs C...  more »
  • We decided to spent a half day here and do the Eco Staircase hike (5 miles roundtrip) after reading about it on the website. Pros: it was gorgeous and was really cool to walk up through the various ty...  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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