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Previous Work Days:

Please Note:  Due to the first Saturday in July landing right on the holiday (the 4th), with folks out of town & County staff busy, we've decided to cancel the July 4th Hammond work day.

Saturday, June 6, 9:00-11am

Saturday, May 2, 9:00-11am

Saturday, April 4, 9:00-11am

Please meet us again at the meet at the North Letz Ave. parking lot - at the Airport turn off (see map below). We will restore picnic tables and do more trimming and picking up trash.  New volunteers are always welcome and will be offered a brief orientation. Coffee & treats provided. Rain, chill, or shine!

Saturday, March 7, 9:00-11am  PHOTOS

Saturday, February 7 - cancelled due to extreme weather conditions

Saturday, January 3rd, 9:00-11am  PHOTOS

As the New Year approaches, we give thanks for all you have contributed in 2014 on our local trails. Students, Seniors, CCC members, businesses, neighbors, bike clubs, and so many more-- with your help this year, we have shored up eroded areas, bagged litter, built retaining walls, removed graffiti, trimmed back trail trippers, planted natives, made friends, and in general spread good cheer on the trails we all access and enjoy throughout the year.   Thank you one & all!!

Saturday, December 6

Saturday, November 1   PHOTOS

Saturday, October 4   PHOTOS

Saturday, September 6   PHOTOS

TAKING CARE OF YOUR BODY  On August 26 we were treated to a special talk about how to care for our bodies while doing this trail work. Follow the link for more info.

Saturday, August 2, 9:00-11AM

Please meet us at the end of Murray Road for weed-eating & pruning, picking up trash. New volunteers are always welcome and will be offered a brief orientation.  Fog or shine!

Saturday, July 5  PHOTOS

June 7, 9:00-11AM

Come celebrate National Trails Day on the Hammond!

Tom Schallert will be meeting Hammond Stewards this round at the foot of Murray Road to continue keeping spring growth at bay (in Mike's words: "weedeat, mow, prune, clean and weedeat some more!") Weedeaters, please join us!  New volunteers are always welcome and will be offered a brief orientation.  Rain or shine!

May 3, 9:00-11AM

We'll be meeting once again at the foot of Murray Road and walking over to the Interpretive Trail area to weedwack and clip back plants, trash pick up, etc.  New volunteers are always welcome and will be offered a brief orientation.  Rain or shine!

April 5

We met at the foot of Murray Road to do some "Spring Cleaning" of signs, bench restoration, sweeping, etc.

March 1 - PHOTOS

February- we didn’t meet

January 4, 9:00-11AM

Meeting at the End of Murray Rd, working around that area to move base rock down the trail, clipping, graffiti & trash removal, etc. 

December 7, 9:00-11AM  PHOTOS

We'll be working around the End of Murray Rd to improve fencing, clipping, picnic benches, etc.   

November 2, 9:00-11AM

We'll be meeting at the End of Murray Rd....  We'll be doing some wire fence work around the "Hole in the Hammond," along with trimming the veg overhang from Widow White Bridge to Letz Ave.  Come admire the work the Stewards did the last few sessions on the Widow White Bridge!!

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Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in where nature may heal and cheer and give strength to the body and soul.              

        ~ John Muir

Humboldt Trails Council  .

January 2012

by Stacy Becker

The New Year ushered in a great event.  After a year and a half of growth, the Hammond Volunteer Trail Stewards met on the first Saturday of January to a resounding chorus of nearly thirty volunteers and County workers to pretty up a northern section of the Hammond Trail. The sun was out, the air was cold and the atmosphere was warm and welcoming. The volunteers cleared out invasive ivy down to Hiller Park, laid in a safer path to the river with gravel, and cleared the Hammond of trash, graffiti and overgrowth. 

The Hammond is a 5.5 mile long trail that winds its way from the Arcata Bottoms at the Mad River Bridge to Clam Beach in McKinleyville. This multiple-use trail serves as a segment of the Pacific Coast Bike Route and also was recently designated a section of the California Coastal trail, part of a statewide effort to create a continuous path between the Oregon and Mexico borders.

Trails in Humboldt County are community assets that increasingly rely on a partnership between local government, service organizations, non-profits and residents to be appropriately used and adequately maintained. Trail Stewards are people who care enough about a great public resource to get out and help maintain it.

The Volunteer Trail Stewards began Summer 2010 as a pilot project for both the Hammond and Cooper Gulch Park in Eureka.  They have evolved into two groups, one on the Hammond and the other at the Friends of the Dunes’ Stamps Nature Center trails, with plans to expand to new areas. Both groups tend the trails and can make online reports that are used for planning next work efforts. The Hammond contingent is a group that includes regulars and newcomers to the First Saturday work days (which include a brief orientation/training), and an even larger group of others who steward the trail on their walks as neighbors and visitors seeking to “heal and cheer and give strength to the body and soul.”

If you’d like to do the same, please join us on the first Saturday of each month from 9am to 11am, gathering at different locations along the trail each time. For more information, please contact Stacy at  to have your name placed on an email list to receive invitations to the Hammond, and occasionally larger Humboldt Trails Council events.

Hammond Trail Stewards

Meet on the First Saturday of each month at 9am, gathering at different locations along the trail each time. The first part is a brief training for new Stewards during which we'll explain your responsibilities and how the easy online reporting works. Those Stewards already trained can get busy with tasks at hand. Please wear appropriate gear for weather and trail work. Rain, fog or Shine! For more information, please contact Stacy Becker at

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Hammond Volunteer Trail Stewards show off one of the new signs that the County is posting on the trail to promote and recognize volunteer efforts, ongoing since June, 2010.

Front row (left to right): Sally Botzler, Trula Clare, Hannia Sanchez, Marisol Madriz, Ginger Gardner, Nate Botzler Back row: John Sullivan, Rick Botzler

Following each Volunteer Steward outing on the Hammond, please fill out the online form which helps us report & prioritize projects for work days.


Volunteer Trail Stewards (VTS) recently assisted the County and Redwood Community Action Agency with a four-phase effort to restore the interpretive trail bridge over Widow White Creek, a spur off the Hammond Trail north of Murray Rd. in McKinleyville. The bridge's original finish was beginning to shed fiberglass and needed to be refinished.  On 9/21/13, twelve VTS spent two hours sanding the bridge. County staff then came in to tape and prime. On 10/5, a second round of seven VTS spent three hours painting the bridge. Finally, County staff came in to apply the final coats and cleanup. According to County Parks staff, the Volunteer Trail Stewards saved the County 45 total hours of staff time by helping sand and paint the bridge. In dollar terms, at a rate of $24.75 per hour (according to the Independent Sector's most recent 2011 California state estimated rate of volunteer time), this tallies out to a savings of over $1100.00 for the County. In environmental terms, this makes for a safer bridge for humans, the creek and critters. In human terms, this was a wonderful partnership between three groups on both raining and shining days, resulting in a much more aesthetic and splinter-free bridge!

above On a fine autumn morning in October, Volunteer Trail Stewards paint the interpretive trail bridge over Widow White Creek, just off the Hammond Trail in McKinleyville. From left to right: John Calkins, Athan Kramer, Ed Stewart, Nancy Kramer,  David Price, Tom Schallert,  County Parks staff - Jason Ball and Patrick Boyle.


OUR NEXT WORK DAY: Saturday, August 1, 9:00-11am

Please meet us at the west End of Murray Rd.  General maintenance in this area - weedwacking, pruning, trash pickup, etc.   New volunteers are always welcome and will be offered a brief orientation. Coffee & treats provided. Rain, fog, or shine!

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The Volunteer Trail Stewards is a project of the Humboldt Trails Council, Friends of the Dunes, City of Arcata, City of Eureka, and the County of Humboldt.


Volunteers 55+ years of age might be interested in joining a new VTS effort with RSVP, a program of the Volunteer Center of the Redwoods and the Area 1 Agency on Aging...  RSVP is a national volunteer program providing the following benefits to those 55+ who sign up and report monthly hours: limited mileage reimbursement, supplemental volunteer insurance, invitation to their annual Recognition event, and support from RSVP staff to get the word out about Volunteer Trail Stewards.

If you are interested, please contact Stacy or Rees.


Get Your VTS Vest!

Volunteer Trail Steward vests are available for $30 or with regular and devoted service, you may earn one, or discounts are available.  VTS are encouraged to wear these whenever you are on the Hammond, at the Friends of the Dunes Nature Center or in Arcata’s Community Forest.  Not only do they provide some protection against the weather but they help us be more visible.   

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Mad River Bridge. Photo:  Nancy Stephenson

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