Jug Handle State Reserve

Jug Handle State Reserve


Location:1 mile north of Caspar on Highway 1.
Facilities:Picnic areas, hiking and nature trails.
Activities:Hiking, picnicking, scuba diving.
Special Features:Reserve's "ecological staircase" offers a firsthand look at 500,000 years of California's geological history. A 2.5-mile self-guiding nature trail leads through five wave-cut terraces formed by glacier, sea, and tectonic activity that built the coast range. Each of the terraces was uplifted from sea level about 100,000 years before the one below it. The lowest terrace still battles ocean waves, the third terrace has a unique pygmy forest, and terraces above display more advanced vegetation.
Address:c/o Mendocino District Office
PO Box 440
Mendocino, CA 95460

Phone:707-937-5804
Web: www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=441
Size: 776 acres.

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Jug Handle State Reserve. Where Jug Handle Creek empties into the ocean, an emerald green cove offers secluded picnicking.
Jug Handle State Reserve, 3 miles south of Fort Bragg and 5 miles north of Mendocino on State Highway 1, offers a 5-mile round-trip hike up an "ecological staircase.' On the hike, you encounter five wave-cut terraces, each 100 feet higher and 100,000 years older than the next.
Photo: Breezy bluff over the Pacific is home to a half dozen wildflowers this month at Jug Handle State Reserve