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The Salmon Pass Trail is accessible only through BLM-led guided hikes. These hikes take you through an old-growth redwood forest on the south end of Headwaters, outside the city of Fortuna. BLM park rangers provide a unique perspective on the forests of Headwaters.

Trail map of Headwaters Forest Reserve Salmon Pass area, located in Humboldt County, California. This map shows Salmon PassTrail in detail with topographic lines and points of interest along the trail.This map cannot be made fully compliant with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. If you need help using the information here, please contact the Arcata Field Office at (707) 825-2300 and reference the Headwaters trail map webpage.

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How to get there:  To get to the Salmon Pass Trail, contact the BLM at (707) 825-2300 to reserve a spot on a guided hike. Hikes can be scheduled between May 15 and November 15 (weather permitting). There is a group size limit of 20 for these hikes. The Salmon Pass Trailhead is located outside the city of Fortuna.

Trail Information: The first ½ mile passes through a young to mid-aged forest with views of restored watershed areas. The next 2 miles ascend through the old-growth redwood forest with a view across Salmon Creek to the largest stand of Douglas-fir within the Reserve. The trail then loops back as it descends through the old-growth.

Hike Information:

  • Meet at Newburg Park in Fortuna at 10 AM (unless specified otherwise). 
  • Follow ranger in own vehicle through Newburg Gate 3 1/2 miles on gravel road to the trailhead.
  • Everyone stays together with the ranger the entire hike.
  • Hiking time is 3 to 4 hours.
  • Trail is moderately strenuous (20% grade in some places).
  • No stopping for lunch but snacks are okay.
  • Hike is difficult for those under 10 years of age.
  • No pets are allowed.

Distance:   The entire roundtrip is approximately 3 miles.

Difficulty: This hike is considered moderately strenuous and takes 3 to 4 hours. 

Image of a field trip on the Salmon Pass Trail led by BLM Park Ranger Julie Clark


Image looking up through an old-growth redwood forest within Headwaters

Image of hikers on the Salmon Creek Trail

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