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“Pygmy forest is strange and wonderful”

Jughandle State Reserve
Ranked #6 of 24 things to do in Mendocino
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Owner description: This reserve is famous for its Staircase Trail
San Francisco, California
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Pygmy forest is strange and wonderful”
Reviewed 12 March 2012

The Jughandle State Reserve is a great option for those who would like a moderate (will take a few hours but not a full day) hike with a very interesting geological/ecologic twist. The area features an "ecological staircase" where uplift and erosion have created three tiers of ecoystems--coastal plain at the parking lot, then redwood forest, and finally the pygmy forest. The views from the coastal plain were gorgeous, the redwoods were as majestic as ever, but the real treat is the pygmy forest on the third tier, where soil conditions are so poor the trees are all in miniature.

At the parking lot you can pick up a interpretive guide that will explain the various flora that you see along the way.

Visited March 2012
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San Rafael, California
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24 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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“The best beach in Mendocino”
Reviewed 25 February 2012

We got there at a very low tide so the sea creatures revealed to us that day made for an exceptional visit. Bring your camera!

Visited February 2012
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Rancho Cordova, California
Level 5 Contributor
74 reviews
34 attraction reviews
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“Great hike - beautiful ferns and mushrooms”
Reviewed 9 January 2012

We loved this hike - great trails and lots to see. We took our time and it took us about 2 hours. The ferns are everywhere once you reach the canyon floor and there were so many different kinds of mushrooms. The pygmy forest was very interesting. Wish we could have spent more time there but had to get back to town.
Would have given this an excellent rating but there were no restrooms available where we parked (by the pygmy forest).

Visited December 2011
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Level 5 Contributor
92 reviews
22 attraction reviews
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“Loved the Pygmy Forest trail”
Reviewed 3 January 2012

There's an extremely mellow 2.5 mile hike up to a pygmy forest that is well worth the time. The trail stays close to the road at first, which is a little annoying, but quickly meanders off into a beautiful redwood forest. The whole thing took about 2 hours and we loved it.

Visited January 2012
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Tallahassee, Florida
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“Spectacular Coastal Views and 5 Level Ecological Terrace”
Reviewed 26 December 2011

Just five miles south of Fort Bragg, this reserve offers spectacular views of the north California coast. There's a nice walk through a meadow to the coast. We saw deer in the meadow.

There's also a 2.5 mile trial which takes you through five "terraces" and 500,000 years of geological change. One of those terraces is a pygmy forest.

And unlike many other California parks, it's free!

Visited November 2011
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