Jug Handle State Natural Reserve
Caspar, CA 95420
Sunrise – Sunset
Trails—the 2.5-mile Ecological Staircase Trail travels through various geologic zones on its way to the beach. Do the first seven steps as a half mile loop or the whole thing for a 5 mile roundtrip.
The reserve’s other notable features include a dramatic beach, coastal bluffs, and a bridge built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps.
Spend the night camping or in the farmhouse or cabins at Jug Handle Creek Farm & Nature Center.
Bisected by Highway One, the reserve lies halfway between the towns of Fort Bragg and Mendocino. It stretches from the Pacific Ocean into Jackson Demonstration State Forest, three miles inland, where the highest steps of the ecological staircase lie.
The park enjoys a mild Mediterranean climate with winter rainfall and spring and summer fog that usually burns off by mid-morning. Summer temperatures range from the 50s to the 60s and winters from the 40s to the mid-50s. The weather can change throughout the day.