News Release

For Release: May 1, 2008         
Contact:   BLM:  Jeff Fontana (530) 252-5332
CA-N-08-49

Trail Improvement Projects to Begin at Headwaters

Trail improvement projects, including reconstruction of an historic train barn, are set to begin on the Elk River Trail at the Headwaters Forest Reserve.  A section of the trail will be closed in mid-May while heavy equipment is on site, and trailhead parking may be limited.
 
Those planning trail outings during the spring should call the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Arcata Field Office, (707) 825-2300, to check on conditions.
 
BLM Assistant Field Manager Kathy Stangl said trail users should watch for truck traffic beginning May 5, when gravel will be spread on the trail beyond the Falk townsite
 
Reconstruction of the train barn will cause a trail closure beyond Falk from Monday, May 12, through Friday, May 23.  The first mile of the trail will remain open.
 
In a project set to begin May 19, crews will remove a flat-car bridge and reshape the South Fork Elk River stream channel and floodplain adjacent to the trailhead parking lot.  The trail will remain open, but the parking area may be closed intermittently. 
 
The Elk River Trail is a five-and-a-half-mile route that follows the South Fork of the Elk River, climbs into an old-growth redwood grove and winds through the ancient redwoods.  Bicycles and dogs (under owner’s control) are allowed on the first three miles.  Hiking the 11-mile loop can take up to five hours, as the trail into the old-growth grove is moderately steep.
 
The first mile is paved and suitable for people with disabilities.  It passes through the historic Falk townsite.
 
Information on Headwaters Forest Reserve trails is available by calling the Arcata Field Office, (707) 825-2300 or by visiting www.blm.gov/ca/arcata.

-BLM-

Arcata Field Office     1695 Heindon Rd.     Arcata, CA  95521