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“Go through redwoods and to pygmy forest”

Jughandle State Reserve
Ranked #6 of 24 things to do in Mendocino
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: This reserve is famous for its Staircase Trail
Santa Rosa, California
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Go through redwoods and to pygmy forest”
Reviewed 11 August 2013

This easy/moderate hike is a perfect day hike, easily accomplished in 2-3 hours, even if you dally. At the trail head, there is an interpretive guide that you should take. The guide explains the different ecological environs, and specific trees and plants with great detail. The changes in fauna was amazing and we even saw a coyote.

Visited August 2013
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Livermore, California
Level 5 Contributor
65 reviews
58 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Safe waves - Icy cold water - Barking Sands”
Reviewed 18 July 2013

The Jug Handle beach is KID-FRIENDLY, sparsely visited, with an inlet well stocked with dry sand that "barks" as you walk barefoot. The water is safe and has a submerged sandbar that allowed being out a hundred feet or more but still only up to your waist. Warning, the water is icy cold and a wet suit is advised. Even so, my grankids swam and body surfed on that sand bar for a couple hours until their lips turned purple. I had to almost drag them away from their fun just to warm them up. "But it is (chatter shiver chatter) so much (chatter chatter shiver) fun!"

Visited July 2013
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Daly City, California
Level 5 Contributor
43 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Ecological Staircase”
Reviewed 18 July 2013

The first half of the self-guided walk was very interesting, starting at the bluffs and ending (for us) with the riparian environment. We decided to stop there as we were not interested in the section filled with invasive species and had already visited the Pygmy Forest in VanDamme State Park. The trail was well-interpreted for the most part. We really liked the eerie krummholz formation. Parts of the trail were not very well-maintained, but it was generally easy-going. There is a stairway trail to the beach as well. Free.

Visited July 2013
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Felton, California
Level 6 Contributor
741 reviews
364 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 230 helpful votes
“What a find!”
Reviewed 4 July 2013

A few steps down a walkway to a wonderful small beach. It sits in a small cove and the view is inspiring. A very small beach but worth some real time to enjoy. then take a stroll thru the meadow on top and out to the cliffs. Another very pretty view. One of our new favorite places.

Visited June 2013
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Grass Valley, California
Level 6 Contributor
204 reviews
64 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“Stairway to heaven”
Reviewed 18 June 2013

this small intimate beach is on of my favorite spots along the PCH. A short walk and decent down some steep well traveled steps and you are on a very private feeling beach with a beautiful bridge to your back and the ocean stretching out in front of you. Add a few locals stopping to enjoy the sunset with you while strumming their guitar and it's a sunset moment to remember.

Visited June 2013
Thank Jennifer G
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