U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
For Release: July 14, 2008
Construction Begins on New Headwaters Trail Parking Area
Construction has gotten underway on a new parking area at the Elk River Trail in the Headwaters Forest Reserve, requiring closure of the trailhead and trail until Monday, July 28.
The Elk River Trail is a five-and-a-half mile route into an old growth redwood grove. The 11-mile round-trip hike has some moderately steep climbs and should be attempted by those in good physical condition. There is no fee. Access is limited to daylight hours.
Headwaters visitors can enjoy the southern part of the forest near Fortuna by reserving space on a guided hike along the Salmon Creek Trail. BLM park rangers lead the hikes and explain features of the forest, including groves of 1,000-year-old redwood trees. To reserve space for a weekend hike or to arrange a special outing, call the BLM Arcata Field Office at (707) 825-2300.
The Headwaters Forest Reserve is 7,472 acres of public land near Eureka. The BLM, in partnership with the California Department of Fish and Game, manages the area to preserve the ecological and wildlife values, particularly the stands of old-growth redwood that provide habitat for the threatened marbled murrelet, and the stream systems that provide habitat for threatened coho salmon.
Alturas Field Office 708 West 12th St. Alturas, CA 96101