Headwaters Tours Open from May 15 to November 15
The Headwaters Forest is comprised of 7,472 acres of old and second growth redwood and fir forest. Headwaters hiking opportunities are limited to two separate trails. The Salmon Pass Trail and and the other hiking trail entrance near Eureka California through the Elk River Trail. The Headwaters forest was acquired in 1999 with the primary mission to provide habitat for threatened and endangered species while providing limited recreational opportunities.
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Headwaters Forest Hiking Trail - Elk River Trail
The Elk River Trail (11 miles round trip) is accessed at the end of Elk River Road in Eureka. The trail begins along an old logging road that follows the Elk River through the remains of Falk, a historic logging town. The first three miles of trail are moderate and the last two miles are arduous. The trail ends in a half mile loop through old-growth redwoods. The first mile of the Elk River Trail is paved and accessible for those with limited mobility. This hiking trail is open year round. Pets are allowed for the first 3 miles of the trail.
Headwaters Forest Hiking Trail -Salmon Pass Trail NOTICE: The road to the The Salmon Creek Hiking Trailhead has been washed out due to flooding. No tours are scheduled until further notice.
The Salmon Creek Hiking Trail (3 miles round trip from the trailhead) is accessed through Newburg road in Fortuna. These hikes are guided and a reservation is required. Reservations can be made by calling the Arcata Field Office 707-825-2300 or requesting on here. The difficulty of this hike is moderate, not easy. There are significant sections of uphill hiking. This 3 mile round trip is a free guided hike thanks to volunteers and rangers from the BLM Arcata field office. Guided hikes are generally available (weather dependent) from June through November of each year. GET MORE INFO HERE!