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Jughandle State Reserve

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Hwy 1, Mendocino, CA 95430
+1 707-937-5804
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Jughandle State Reserve is a jewel in California's crown. There are many features unique to this... read more

Reviewed April 19, 2018
Jennifer R
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Woodland, California
Secluded!

There was an interesting story posted at the trailhead on how the reserve was saved. We are... read more

Reviewed April 7, 2018
wendyfreeman2004
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Palo Alto, California
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This reserve is famous for its Staircase Trail
  • Excellent70%
  • Very good25%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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Hwy 1, Mendocino, CA 95430
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+1 707-937-5804
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"pygmy forest"
in 28 reviews
"jug handle"
in 5 reviews
"great place for a walk"
in 2 reviews
"nice beaches"
in 3 reviews
"trail splits"
in 2 reviews
"beach trail"
in 2 reviews
"parking lot"
in 8 reviews
"porta potty"
in 3 reviews
"short walk"
in 6 reviews
"interesting rock formations"
in 2 reviews
"easy hike"
in 4 reviews
"beautiful vistas"
in 2 reviews
"pleasant walk"
in 2 reviews
"ocean side"
in 2 reviews
"the cliff"
in 3 reviews
"natural beauty"
in 2 reviews
"mendocino coast"
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Reviewed April 19, 2018

Jughandle State Reserve is a jewel in California's crown. There are many features unique to this park and it is a testament to conservation efforts. There is a short trail to seal the headlands, coastal prairie, an amazing tree, and a spectacular beach. For those...More

2  Thank Jennifer R
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Reviewed April 7, 2018

There was an interesting story posted at the trailhead on how the reserve was saved. We are grateful. Nice trail down. We had the beach to ourselves on a Monday morning. Interesting rock formations; lots of stones. Good cove for young children to play in...More

2  Thank wendyfreeman2004
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Reviewed January 4, 2018

Not crowded when we visited. Great place for a walk on the many trails in the reserve. When you get on the point that overlooks to the ocean, look down and look for the jelly fish.

1  Thank dmlin
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Reviewed December 31, 2017 via mobile

Enjoyable place to spend the day. The beach has much space to play. Great place for little ones. There is steps you must walk before making it to beach.

1  Thank richardv564
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Reviewed December 26, 2017 via mobile

Jug Handle was a hidden gem. It was an easy walk and we loved the views, pygmy forest and the beach. Many of the markers were missing or destroyed but we had a wonderful walk.

1  Thank Jim K
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Reviewed December 10, 2017

The walk through the woods or down to the beach is lovely and offers a great view of the Mendocino coast.

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Reviewed November 20, 2017

If you are fortunate to arrive on a CLEAR day - you will have nothing but beauty in every direction. In the fog, it may not deliver as much; however, worth the visit.

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Reviewed November 5, 2017

Beautiful views, very rugged coast line. We saw 2 seal lions sun bathing. Paths are narrow and very well used.

Thank Ian C
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Reviewed October 16, 2017 via mobile

With the map and signs we never made it to the Staircase. Why? We started from the parking lot on ocean side of highway. The Staircase was on the east side so we never found trail leading under highway. Anyway, the walk out and along...More

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Reviewed October 15, 2017

The Eco Staircase hike (5 miles roundtrip) is not to be missed. Yes, the trail is unmarked in places, which serendipitously leads you to even more magical spots. A mostly level, easy hike, but with a few parcours along the way to keep things interesting.

1  Thank Catherine-SF
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nelsondg
May 30, 2017|
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Response from Christopher L | Reviewed this property |
It's a small beach but don't let that stop you. It's very beautiful and well worth the walk down the stairs. You can either swim, chase the waves or explore the rocks and tide pools on the left.
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DL S
October 15, 2015|
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Response from Amy V | Reviewed this property |
Agree with drheathr, trail is mostly level and walking speed after the beginning steep decline. However trail map says that it is 5 miles long one way and there is no alternate return route, just one way in and one way out... More
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DL S
October 15, 2015|
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Response from beach2sea | Reviewed this property |
I was at the park for a wedding. We used the trail down to the beach. Some of the steps are irregular in height and position, but it is an easy trail. If a bride can do it in her gown and guests ranging from 6 months into... More
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