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“Breathtaking” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Jughandle State Reserve

Jughandle State Reserve
Hwy 1, Mendocino, CA 95430
707-937-5804
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Ranked #6 of 13 Attractions in Mendocino
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, State Parks, Outdoors
Activities: Hiking
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Owner description: This reserve is famous for its Staircase Trail
Vestal, New York
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“Breathtaking”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2012

This location starts out looking like it will be a nice little walk but don't let that fool you. The views of the ocean alone when you continue along the guided path are absolutely gorgeous; maybe the best in the County! Get near the cliffs and look down at the b e a u t i f u l scenery - the clear blue/green water as it meets the beach below. If heights are a problem for you, just sit down at the cliff's edge and enjoy for a while. The path continues on through the pygmy forest and that's something else entirely. This is well worth some time on your journey through Mendocino County -- it's a gem.

Visited May 2012
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Menlo Park CA
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“A walk in the forest”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2012

A wonderful, easy trail starting under the bridge into a forest, almost mythical in nature, of coastal trees, including Redwods. Went almost to the end of the out and back two mile trail with a seven and a four year set of boys. They loved it. Took dog along. Saw sign on return that dogs were not allowed. Daisy, the dog, loved it too.

Visited April 2012
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San Francisco, California
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“Pygmy forest is strange and wonderful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2012

The Jughandle State Reserve is a great option for those who would like a moderate (will take a few hours but not a full day) hike with a very interesting geological/ecologic twist. The area features an "ecological staircase" where uplift and erosion have created three tiers of ecoystems--coastal plain at the parking lot, then redwood forest, and finally the pygmy forest. The views from the coastal plain were gorgeous, the redwoods were as majestic as ever, but the real treat is the pygmy forest on the third tier, where soil conditions are so poor the trees are all in miniature.

At the parking lot you can pick up a interpretive guide that will explain the various flora that you see along the way.

Visited March 2012
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San Rafael, California
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“The best beach in Mendocino”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2012

We got there at a very low tide so the sea creatures revealed to us that day made for an exceptional visit. Bring your camera!

Visited February 2012
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Rancho Cordova, California
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“Great hike - beautiful ferns and mushrooms”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2012

We loved this hike - great trails and lots to see. We took our time and it took us about 2 hours. The ferns are everywhere once you reach the canyon floor and there were so many different kinds of mushrooms. The pygmy forest was very interesting. Wish we could have spent more time there but had to get back to town.
Would have given this an excellent rating but there were no restrooms available where we parked (by the pygmy forest).

Visited December 2011
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