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Northern California District
Release Date: 03/27/12
Contacts: Chris Heppe , (707) 825-2300 or  
  Jeff Fontana , (530) 252-5332  
News Release No. NC-12-42

BLM Announces Weather-Related Closure of Little South Fork Elk River Trail

The Little South Fork River Trail in the Headwaters Forest Reserve has been temporarily closed because wet weather has made it muddy and impassible.  The Bureau of Land Management said the closure will be lifted when trail conditions improve.

The trail closure point is three miles from the Elk River Trailhead parking area.

The first three miles of the trail remain open and accessible to those with limited mobility. 

Interpretive signs along this section provide information about the unique cultural and natural history of the reserve. Bicycles and dogs (under owner’s control) are allowed on this stretch of the trail.

The Headwaters Forest Reserve is 7,472 acres of public land about six miles southeast of Eureka, Calif.  The reserve is set aside to protect and preserve the ecological and wildlife values, particularly the stands of old-growth redwood that provide habitat for the threatened marbled murrelet (a seabird) and the stream systems that provide habitat for threatened coho salmon.

Information on the reserve and more details on trails is available at

More information on current trail conditions is available by calling call the BLM Arcata Field Office at (707) 825-2300.


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Last updated: 03-27-2012