For Release: May 12, 2008
Contact: BLM: Jeff Fontana (530) 252-5332
BLM Offering Free Guided Hikes Into Headwaters Forest Reserve
Outdoor enthusiasts can see majestic old redwoods, learn about north coast history and gain new insights into natural resources by participating in a free guided hike into the Headwaters Forest Reserve.
The Bureau of Land Management will offer the outings on Saturdays and Sundays, weather permitting, beginning Saturday, May 17, and continuing until Nov. 15. The BLM will also lead weekday hikes, on request, if tour leaders are available.
Hikers must reserve space for specific days by calling the BLM Arcata Field Office, (707) 825-2300. There is a 20-person, 10-car limit for each hike.
The two-and-a-half-mile hike takes about three hours. Participants should be in good physical condition for the moderately strenuous trek that includes some steep uphill sections. Hikers should bring water and wear hiking boots.
Tour leaders will discuss the natural resources and history of the reserve as hikers move through a young to mid-aged forest and then follow a trail through old-growth redwoods. Discussions will focus on restoration when the hike moves through restored watershed areas.
Participants will meet at 10 a.m. at Newburg park in Fortuna and then in their own vehicles follow tour guides to the Salmon Pass parking area. The three-and-a-half-mile drive on Felt Springs Road is narrow and winding, and not passable for trailers, motor homes or fifth-wheel trailers. Hikers will return to Newburg Park by 1 p.m.
The BLM provides the guided hikes as part of a long-term Headwaters management plan which allows for public recreation access while providing for resource protection.
Arcata Field Office 1695 Heindon Rd. Arcata, CA 95521