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Jughandle State Reserve

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Address: Hwy 1, Mendocino, CA 95430
Phone Number: +1 707-937-5804
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This reserve is famous for its Staircase Trail

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Gorgeous location!

Wonderful, short walk to a beautiful coastal spot above a tranquil beach. Great spot to check out the scenery without the crowds.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Irvine, California
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Irvine, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Wonderful, short walk to a beautiful coastal spot above a tranquil beach. Great spot to check out the scenery without the crowds.

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Nathrop, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

The ocean side of hte park is not that big but it was much quieter than other place we were. Very few people made the walk out to the ocean and we had it to ourselves. It's not easy to find places along the coast that are not packed with people. This is one.

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Napa, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

Another beautiful spot along the Mendocino coast. A smaller spot. A 2 mile loop to the pygmy forest. Not a great place for a picnic.

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Tucson
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

We hiked Russian Gulch the day prior and found this park to be lacking in the many aspects in comparison. We were hoping that the ecological stairway would be more inspiring but found it to be 5 wooden fights of stairs going onto a paved forest trail. While this park is free and Russian Gulch is an $8 car fee,... More 

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Chico, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016

Jughandle State Reserve fits nicely into the many state parks and reserves along the northern California coast. It doesn't have much that is unique or different. What it does have is excellent examples of everything you want to find in a state beach reserve: amazing ocean views, clean beaches, gorgeous headlands and, if you're lucky, maybe a whale sighting. It's... More 

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Weaverville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016

Didn't know that this reserve existed until we was a sign for it. The hike is very interesting and passes through about 5 distinct habitats. It is an out and back over moderate terrain and the trail is well-maintained.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016

Very scenic, clean beach, you just need to be a bit lucky to get good weather, if the fog burns off and the sun comes out the scenery gets even better.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016

This was my first visit to Jug Handle and I was absolutely blown away by the coast, bluffs, beach and amazingly blue water. It was really a sensational stop and we didn't even have time for the pygmy forest hike. I love how the trails take you right to the edge of the cliff and let you feel like you... More 

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tiburon
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016

Wooden walk way every wher. No tripping on pot holes. A lot of informative sign of what you are looking at . FREE

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2016 via mobile

I am at peace when we visit the Reserve. The views are stunning. I always want to return for more strolls and just to soak in the beautiful scenery!

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