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“A Great Hike to a True Pygmy Forest” 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
Forestville, California
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31 attraction reviews
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“A Great Hike to a True Pygmy Forest”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

Jughandle is one of the few state run areas that doesn't yet require a parking or day use fee. Park, use the outhouse, then take off to your choice of a very nice, sandy beach, or under the highway and up the trail that traverses the ecological staircase and ends up at a pygmy forest. Five or six miles of not-too-strenuous walking for a wonderful round trip through the forest.

Visited February 2014
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Berkeley
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“One of California's best hikes”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

One of the best hikes in California...educational, varied, beautiful. A relatively easy hike on a well-maintained trail with small off trails that allow for a great picnic or resting spot. Pygmie forest worth of the whole hike. A must-do when in Mendocino

Visited February 2014
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Newark, California
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“Beautiful Variety”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

This was a great spot! Going from Ocean to Forest in a matter of a few steps! My fiancée and I were lucky enough to see the migrating whales along with the pygmy forest! We did get a little lost on the trail to see the Pygmy forest but we made it! The trail isn't to complicated and isn't steep. No real tricky parts. There was no fee to visit, portable facilities for use (no hand washing station & garbage is inside the portable potty). Your length of visit varies depending on how you hike & what you do.

Visited January 2014
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California
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“Wonderful hike!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

What an informative 5 mile hike!! If you take the self guided tour, you'll start at the ocean cliffs and end at the pygmy forest! Truly well thought out trails and maintained for ease and enjoyment! Such biodiversity in the area that you'd never know if you don't get out and enjoy the woods!

Visited January 2014
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Sacramento, California, United States
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“Gorgeous”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014

A short walk to the overlook area and you won't be disappointed. I wish we had been there at sunset because sunset from here on the right night has to be amazing.

Visited January 2014
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