News.bytes Extra, issue 206
Elk River Trail is Open to the Public
Members of the Bureau of Land Management’s Northwest California Resource Advisory Council explored the wonders of a wild redwood forest recently, when they hiked the new Elk River Trail at the north end of the Headwaters Forest Reserve near Eureka.
The 11-mile (round trip) trail is now open to the public. The lower three miles are open to mountain bikes; the upper portion is open to hikers.
The route takes visitors past the site of the historic mill town of Falk, where the BLM’s Arcata Field Office has in place a self-guiding historic tour. The upper end of the trail takes visitors into a grove of old-growth redwoods, some of which are 1,500 years old.
Below, RAC members and BLM staff hike through a grove of lofty old growth trees along the Elk River Trail.
Below, the route through the forest provides an up-close look at the intricate and dazzling beauty of the reserve:
More information on the Headwaters Forest Reserve can be found on the Arcata Field Office homepage, www.ca.blm.gov/arcata. The field office recommends checking on conditions before hiking the trail. Call the office at (707) 825-2300 for the latest information.
News.bytes, issue 206
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