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Jughandle State Reserve

#6 of 25 things to do in Mendocino Features Animals
Hwy 1, Mendocino, CA 95430
+1 707-937-5804
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A walk on the wild side

Great walk with geology lesson at the start; grassy fields that lead to the cliffs overlooking the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
bpatter123
Natural Beauty

Lovely little secluded coves, nice, clean beaches with moderate access. Not particularly good for... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Carrie H
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Yuba City, California
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This reserve is famous for its Staircase Trail
  • Excellent71%
  • Very good23%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“pygmy forest” (25 reviews)
“jug handle” (4 reviews)
“nice beaches” (3 reviews)
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Hwy 1, Mendocino, CA 95430
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+1 707-937-5804
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Great walk with geology lesson at the start; grassy fields that lead to the cliffs overlooking the rocky coastline

Thank bpatter123
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely little secluded coves, nice, clean beaches with moderate access. Not particularly good for beachcombing, other than small driftwood pieces. Enjoy the wildflowers in the cliff sides and bluffs Check out the 2.5 mile (loop?) around the Pygmy Pine Forest and the .08 mi trail...More

Thank Carrie H
Reviewed 2 July 2017

We decided to spent a half day here and do the Eco Staircase hike (5 miles roundtrip) after reading about it on the website. Pros: it was gorgeous and was really cool to walk up through the various types of forests on each terrace. It...More

2  Thank Z4506BXah
Reviewed 15 June 2017

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 sand was warm and comfy to lie on....More

Thank Pamela T
Reviewed 26 May 2017

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 sandy...More

2  Thank Christopher L
Reviewed 18 May 2017

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

Thank Sue D
Reviewed 3 February 2017 via mobile

Wow! What a beautiful hike into the redwoods! We did the forest trail first and it's quite a reasonable distance (more than an hour). Then we backtracked and went down the beach trail (very short walk) and watched the waves. Wonderful Northern California wilderness!

1  Thank TrekG
Reviewed 2 February 2017

we liked the easy access from the parking area. It was not crowded and just a really pleasant walk. We had gone there to look for driftwood and there was none to be found.

Thank Mepps W
Reviewed 29 November 2016

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

Thank Max G
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...More

Thank Doug W
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nelsondg
31 May 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
16 October 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
16 October 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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