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The hike NOT to be missed

arlington, texas
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The hike NOT to be missed

If you only had 3 or 4 hours to hike in the Mendocino area, what one place would you go to? Our hotel is the Little River Inn but have a car and can go anywhere. We will only have, however, a few hours....or possibly could add another shorter hike the morning we leave. We love both hiking on the beaches as well as in the woods. We will, however, be spending one day in the Redwood area up north. We are physically fit so that should not be a factor in your sugestions. i would just like to know before we get there exactly where we should go rather than wasting valuable time trying to figure it out when we get there! Suggestions for that fantastic, memorable walk that should not be missed?

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1. Re: The hike NOT to be missed

The best hike in the area is the Ecological Staircase Nature Trail at Jughandle State Reserve. This is 2.5 miles one way, 5 miles out and back, starting with a loop around a very scenic headland and then heading under the highway and up a series of ancient terraces with douglas fir and second growth redwood forest, ending in a patch of the local pygmy forest, with 60 year old trees only a few feet high. You may not have time for the whole hike though.

See this site:

www.mcn.org/1/mendoparks/trailframes.html

which shows the numbered interpretive stops along the trail.

You might want to print out the little spiels for each stop (cut and past them into a shorter document), since there may not be a pamphlet available when you get to the park. I don't think there's a ranger station there and they can run out of the pamphlets in a little box by the trailhead.

You can also see the pygmy forest at Van Damme State Park, right next to Little River. You can drive back about 5 miles on Airport Road to the pygmy forest there, and there's a short boardwalk trail, maybe half an hour with interpretive signs. So you could do as much of the Ecological Staircase as you can, and then drive to the pygmy forest at Van Damme for a short hike in the morning.

http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=433

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