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Jughandle State Reserve

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Address: Hwy 1, Mendocino, CA 95430
Phone Number:
+1 707-937-5804

This reserve is famous for its Staircase Trail

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Two for the "Price" of One

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Charleston, South Carolina
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Charleston, South Carolina
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23 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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!

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El Dorado Hills, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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
Irvine, California
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9 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

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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.

Thank Doug W
Napa, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
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.

Thank CAwinediva
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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.

Thank Art H
Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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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.

Thank riomanagement
San Francisco, California
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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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