Jug Handle consists of a strip of land approximately one mile wide that encloses a set of five terraces similar to a staircase. The Ecological Staircase trail goes through the geological up drift from the Pacific coast to the Pygmy Forest two and a half miles inland. This chain of marine terraces represents something unique and unfound elsewhere in California.
Jug Handle State Reserve is a special place. Not many places on earth demonstrate a more complete record of ecological succession.A must see for those moved by ecology. Each of the five terraces represents one stage in a progression of series of environments, making Jug Handle one of the few places to view this aspect of the coastal spectrum of ecological succession and landscape evolution.
CLIMATE : As with any of the beaches in Northern California, the weather can vary often and layered clothing is highly recommended.