The community has acquired all the funding needed to complete the Arcata Ridge Trail. Just like pieces of a puzzle the last piece of property, located near Fickle Hill Road will complete the 4-mile trail. Kevin Hoover, the Arcata Eye editor said, "Its a 2.5 acre parcel that encompasses 500 and 15 feet of the ridge trails."This is all thanks to the community who came out to the Arcata Eye Ball on Saturday where they were able to raise the last bite of money. Originally they needed to raise $5,000 dollars, but turns out they exceeded their goal. Hoover added, "We raised $6,000 dollars and counting for the Arcata Ridge Trail… everything over the purchase price will go toward trail improvements.' But this process has been “no walk in the park.” In fact it’s been 13-years in the making. District 3 Supervisor Mark Lovelace added,"it’s really really great to see all this go from an idea back in 2000, to see piece after piece after 13 years we have made the whole thing happen… the money form the community helps to leverage over 6-million dollars to make these accusations happen it really shows the power of community giving."The trail is still in the building phase, if you would like to donate just visit the website

Humboldt Trails Council is pouring wine at

PLAZA during Arts! Arcata

Friday, June 14, 6-9pm

Neighhhhhh, they say

Jan. 14, 2012  North Coast Journal, by Heidi Walters

About 80 equestrian trail advocates “flash mobbed at Clam Beach today,” reports Uri Driscoll. (full story, NCJ)

Increasing Bicycling and Walking are Goals that are Clearly in the Public Interest.

Jan. 24, 2012 Bicycling and Walking in the U.S.: 2012 Benchmarking Report is an essential resource and tool for government officials, advocates, and those working to promote bicycling and walking. The report is full of data tables and graphs that show how your state or city stacks up, and provides unprecedented statistics to help support your case for increasing safe bicycling and walking in your community.

Alliance for Biking & Walking

A Walk on the Wild Side (of 101)

(Jan. 19, 2012)  North Coast Journal,  by Rees Hughes.

Let me admit my bias up front. It is a shame that the railroad right-of-way between Arcata and Eureka is sitting virtually unused, a public asset that is slowly decaying, a unique resource that could serve as the foundation for a wonderful, multipurpose trail.

(full story, NCJ)

Revolution Bicycle of Arcata raffled off a Kona Humuhumu bicycle in November, with the entire $375 in proceeds going to the Humboldt Trails Council!  (more)

Bat N’ Rouge

Friday, September 9

Green Wheels Gear Up

Friday, October 7

Ridge Trail Festival

Saturday, October 8

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Saturday, November 12

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Arcata Community Forest

On December 30, 2011, the City Arcata closed escrow on a 16.3-acre open space riparian forest parcel that will eventually provide public trails connectivity to the Arcata Community Forest. The property, formerly owned by the Green Diamond Resource Company, is a significant addition to Arcata’s public open space system.


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Unprecedented opposition to House transit assault unheeded by California representatives

Feb. 3, 2012  Despite incredibly broad opposition to the House Ways and Means Committee’s assault on public transportation funding, California Congressmen Wally Herger and Devin Nunes voted to end three decades of bipartisan investment in transit this morning.   more here

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Humboldt Bay Trail Feasibility Study

IS DONE! It examines the feasibility of incorporating a Class I Bike and Pedestrian Path into the existing six-and-one-quarter-mile transportation corridor that follows the eastern edge of Humboldt Bay between the cities of Arcata and Eureka. You can view the complete study at HCAOG’s website.

North Coast Railroad Authority Board Meeting, April 11  AGENDA

Cause for Celebration! The multi-use coastal trail along the Elk River estuary just got approved by the Coastal Commission!!! After starting the planning effort in 2001... the trail will finally get built this summer! Congrats to the City of Eureka and RCAA for the long haul and commitment to making this trail a reality -- one more section of the Eureka Waterfront Trail in place... just a few more pieces to go! Thanks to Miles Slattery of the City and Kevin Wright of RCAA... and everyone else who has helped over the years. Let's plan a trail celebration this fall!

McCloud River Railroad to donate its route for trail; group strives for funds to buy right of way

Turning rails into trails is obviously not a radical concept-- it’s in the public’s best interest! Humboldt County is way behind the curve compared to other counties. LIke the Redding area, for example. The owner of the McCloud River Railroad agreed Thursday to donate and sell 80 miles of railroad right of way to a Redding nonprofit agency that plans to turn the strip of land into a recreation trail.

Humboldt Bay Symposium
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Bike to Work Month
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Supervisors support letter to railroad authority; talk of railbanking draws 50 people

Megan Hansen/The Times-Standard


All it takes to get 50 people at a Humboldt County Board of Supervisors meeting is sending a letter to the North Coast Railroad Authority about rail and trail issues.

At least that's all it took to pack the supervisors chamber at the Humboldt County Courthouse on Tuesday.   continued

HERE is the Tuesday, June 26 meeting on Humboldt access TV, requesting the Board of Supervisors sign a letter to the NCRA in support of a committee to explore railbanking.


NCRA Board Meeting

Wednesday, July 11, 10:30am

Get Your Trail On! Collaborating for Action
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Feasibility of bay trail and east-west rail discussed

To the Redwood Times   July 3, 2012

To the Editor:

Suddenly, it was as if you could hear a pin drop in Tuesday’s Board of Supervisor’s meeting. That’s because Lisa Hoover explained how her scientist husband, Greg Jennings, died riding a bike along a busy Humboldt County highway, because we lack safe non-motorized trails. The more than half-full chambers remained respectfully quiet for a few minutes.    continued

Committee to Study Something

Judy Hodgson, North Coast Journal   July 11, 2012

At the end of six hours of testimony with nary a break for lunch Wednesday, the North Coast Railroad Authority board voted 6-0 to form a committee to study — something — just not what the Humboldt County Supervisors and State Assemblyman Wes Chesbro had requested.   continued

Arts Arcata, Garden Gate
Friday, July 13, 2012





Bat n’ Rouge - Friday, Sept 7

“Softball with a Twist”

North Coast Railroad Authority Board Meeting

Wednesday, Nov. 14


NCRA Engineer: East-West Rail Line Not Feasible

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Daniel Mintz, Eye Correspondent

HUMBOLDT – The contract engineer for the North Coast Railroad Authority (NCRA) has ventured an opinion on the idea of developing an east-west rail connection, saying that it’s unfeasible.       read the entire story in The Arcata Eye

5th Annual Bogstomp    Nov. 10.

[T]rail Update No. 5

by Judy Hodgson, North Coast Journal, Nov. 22

YESSSSSSSS! That was my reaction as I left the North Coast Railroad Authority board meeting in Eureka last Wednesday.   more

Volunteer Trail Stewards Group Forming for The Arcata Community Forest    flier
Feb. 28, 6pm

Humboldt Trails Council and Future Eureka Waterfront Trail Projects

02/18/2013 by Chris Butner of Green Wheels

On February 9th, 2013 I did a ride along, with Humboldt Trails Council’s – Second Ships to Shore benefit ride.  This particular ride featured speakers that wouldexplain future developments of the Eureka waterfront trails projects.   The included speakers were Miles Slattery whom is deputy director of Eureka public works, and Merrit Perry HTC board member.

  Read entire review on Greenwheel’s page

Elk River~ Hikshari Trail Celebration

Saturday, March 2, 2-4pm

Ship to Shore Cocktail Tour
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Arcata Sunny Brae Community Forest Trail Stewards

are building new sections of trail and doing restoration projects.

Please join our next work day:

March 30, 9am-12pm

We’ll meet again at the bottom of the “water tank stairs”, on Margaret Lane, in Sunny Brae. Same  place as our March 2nd work day. There will be bagels, coffee and a safety meeting before we head off to work.

Arcata Eye Ball

Saturday, March 9, 6pm

Arcata Theatre Lounge.

All proceeds will go towards the purchase of the last remaining piece of land to complete the Arcata Ridge Trail!

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Arts! Arcata, Arcata Exchange

Friday, April 12, 6-9pm

Thursday, 6:00 p.m. August 29th

A Kickoff Recruitment event for the new VTS project starting up on Eureka's Hikshari' Trail! 

at the Wharfinger Building in Eureka

We are delighted to be collaborating with the City of Eureka on this project, and we had a great turnout. Please let your friends in Eureka and beyond know about this new effort!  For more information, please contact Jane Stock at, Call Rees if at 826-0163, or email Stacy at  larger poster

Tell the Coastal Commission:

No to Caltrans 101 Corridor Project without the Bay Trail!

For the Humboldt Trails Council, our top priority is safe non-motorized transportation and enhanced opportunities for recreational trails.  Although there are many issues related to the Eureka-Arcata Safety Corridor project, we feel that the improvements should be made for safe bike and pedestrian facilities as a part of projects that provide safety improvements for vehicles. continued...

Special Volunteer Event!

Saturday September 21  9am-noon

The Widow White Creek Bridge on the interpretive trail off the Hammond Trail and just north of Murray Road has been slowly deteriorating and now the Volunteer Trail Stewards, in partnership with Redwood Community Action Agency and the County are teaming up to restore this bridge.  This will be "sticky" work for folks able to don masks and work with special materials being used; please wear long pants, long sleeved clothes that can get stained, and keep hair back/covered.   We'll need NINE volunteers for an optimal team and we'd like to ask you to please rsvp and confirm that you can help for better planning on this project. Meeting place will be the end of Murray Rd where it hits the Hammond Trail. RCAA & the County will provide tools, materials, gloves and masks.Please email Rees directly at for details and to confirm your attendance...  We thank you for considering pitching in on this important restoration event!

Coastal Commission Priorities the Bay Trail

In preparing for the September 12 hearing regarding Cal Trans' 101 Corridor Project, the staff of the Coastal Commission is recommending that the Commission object to Caltrans’ consistency certification. continued...

Hikshari’ Trail Work Day

Saturday September 14, 9am-11am

Thanks to all of you who attended the Hikshari' Trail Volunteer Trail Stewards orientation and showed such great interest!

Please join us for our first work day on Saturday, September 14 from 9:00-11:00 a.m. Meet at the parking lot by the Elk River wastewater treatment plant (the second lot off Hilfiker) for check-in and to choose your work for the day. We'll be picking up litter, weeding, removing graffiti and cutting back brush along the trail. We'll have all the tools needed and some gloves but bring your own gloves if you have them. Please bring your own water. We'll be working rain or shine and our work day will always be the second Saturday of the month.

We're looking forward to doing our part to maintain this beautiful trail.

See you on the trail!

Jane Stock,

Susan Penn,

Coastal Commission Meeting September 12

On Thursday, September 12, at the Wharfinger Building in Eureka, the California Coastal Commission will be reviewing the request by Caltrans for permission to move forward with the 101 Corridor Improvement Project. continued...

Coastal Commission’s 101 corridor conditions ‘workable,’ says CalTrans.

The California Coastal Commission in a 9-1 vote today gave Caltrans the go-ahead to build an interchange at the Indianola Cutoff -provided the agency meets certain conditions.continued, with more news on the Coastal Commission meeting and the Bay Trail...

Walk and Bike 10 miles of the Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway

Saturday September 14th

Walk and Bike 10 miles of the Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway Saturday without the cars! full press release

  1. Saturday October 12, 2013

  2. A night of music in support of the Humboldt Trails Council!

  3. Featuring:

  4. Cliff Dallas and the Death Valley Troubadours   

  5. Humboldt rowdy outlaw country (

  6. Companion Animal

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  8. Blood Gnome

  9. Eureka all-girl synth pop (

  10. 21+, $5-10 sliding scale donation at the door.

  11. Music will begin at 10:30.
  12. Just a few of the awesome raffle prizes available: two $50 gift certificates for Five Eleven (!!!), a La Dolce Video gift certificate, lovely beaded jewelry and hairstick set, and more.

  13. Larger poster here


On the Ridge 

An update on the new trail in the Sunny Brae forest, North Coast Journal Dec. 5

by Josephine Johnson

Sunny Brae residents Natalia Collier and Adam Brown know this trail. Up Buttermilk Lane, past the middle school and left onto Margaret, where a large army-green water tank marks the trailhead and a concrete staircase on the right rises into the Sunny Brae portion of the Arcata Community Forest. Collier, Brown and their dog Casey hike here at least once a week.     continued full story on NCJ’s site

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The Jammie Jog 2014
Sunday, April 27, 9am - Noon
This fun 5K walk/jog (or as we like to call it WALG) and 1 mile jog/walk will benefit the Humboldt Trails Council and the Bay Trail. 
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Planning Commission Meeting

An excellent review of the Feb. 20 meeting by the Lost Coast Outpost:

Trail Champs Rally: Video Highlights from a Wild Planning Commission Meeting

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State awards $2 million to County for the Humboldt Bay trail


From a Humboldt County Department of Public Works press release:

On March 20, 2014, the California Transportation Commission approved allocation of $2 million to Humboldt County to perform engineering design and environmental permitting for the southern portion of the Humboldt Bay Trail. The Bay Trail South segment extends from X Street in Eureka north to Bracut for a total length of 3.8 miles.

The Humboldt Bay Trail is a proposed Class I bikeway situated within the U.S. Highway 101 and railroad transportation corridors between the cities of Eureka and Arcata, along the east shoreline of Humboldt Bay. A Class I bikeway is a paved, two-directional trail separated from any street or highway. In addition to bicycle use, the trail would provide transportation, recreation, and coastal access opportunities for pedestrians, joggers, wheelchair users, skaters, and other non-motorized users. 

full press release in the Times-Standard

full press release on our site

story in the North Coast Journal

California Transportation Commission Approves $842,000 for Arcata Urban Trail Construction

March 20, 2014

The CTC approved funding to construct the first phase of the Arcata Rail with Trail connectivity project!!

read the full press release on our site

Humboldt County Accepts Funds to Establish 1,000-acre Community Forest near Eureka

On April 15, 2014, the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to accept funds that will allow the County to purchase 1,000 acres of forestland southeast of Eureka to establish a community forest. The community forest will be managed in collaboration with the City of Eureka for multiple purposes including public access and recreation, sustainable timber harvest, and watershed and resource conservation. see full story

Past Events

August 26

We are being treated to a special talk about how to care for our bodies while doing trail work. Follow the link below for more info.