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Jug Handle State Reserve, Mendocino

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  • Not many places along the northern california coastline offer warm water. This cove is very shallow and calm and we could wade and walk out far into the ocean on the warm day we were there. Gorgeous s...  more »
  • This park offers two things to do - hike or head to the beach. We headed to the beach and when you first get to the top of the hill and look down at the beach it's breath taking. The beach is nice and...  more »
  • We went both nights we were in Mendocino to watch the sunset. It is so beautiful you don't want to talk, but simply savor the beauty in peaceful silence  more »
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  • 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.
  • A gem on the Mendocino Coast - call ahead for tour of the Nature Center