Humboldt Bay Trail North


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Humboldt Bay Trail North Facts

States: California
Counties: Humboldt
Length: 4.5 miles
Trail end points: Sunset Ave. near Arcata State Park and Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary
Trail surfaces: Asphalt, Dirt
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 9757052

Humboldt Bay Trail North Description

The Humboldt Bay Trail North begins at the Arcata Skate Park at the intersection of Foster Avenue and Sunset Avenue and continues south past Samoa Boulevard for 4.5 miles. This path is what is known as a rail-with-trail, because it shares the right-of-way of the adjacent track railroad. A good portion of its length runs through the Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary before it terminates at Braecut. In a demonstration of environmental engineering the marsh acts as the area's innovative wastewater treatment facility, even as it provides a vibrant ecosystem supporting abundant wetland flora and fauna. Make sure to stop by the Marsh Interpretive Center if you’re new, there is lots to learn about the marsh. 

The Humboldt Bay Trail North is one component of a larger trail project; the 14.5 mile Humboldt Bay Trail will soon run from central Arcata to southern Eureka.

Parking and Trail Access

While there is no designated parking area in the northern part of the trail, you can park at Larson Park near the trails north end. The park is located at the end of Eye Street and you can use the sidewalk on Jay St. and then cross Sunset Ave to access the start point of the trail.

The closest parking to the southern portion of the trail can be found at South I St. in the marsh. There are a number of other parking points in this area, including two along South G St, but you will have to take the marsh other trails to connect to the Humboldt Bay Trail North. See the trail map for all your parking options.


Humboldt Bay Trail North Reviews

chopped up masterpiece

This trail is heavily used, mainly in sections by walkers but lesser so by through bicyclists and runners. hard to maintain an average speed due to street crossings and foot traffic, but hard to beat the ocean views toward the northern end of the trail and the pastoral feel toward the southern terminus!

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