The Salmon Pass Trail, located just outside the City of Fortuna, weaves its way through old-growth and second-growth redwood forests for nearly three miles. This trail is only accessible by guided tour. Tour guides provide a unique perspective on the forests of Headwaters.
The BLM's partners at Discover the Redwoods have developed an online calendar system for Salmon Pass Trail tours.
How to get there: To get to the Salmon Pass Trail, contact the BLM at (707) 825-2300 or use the new online calendar system to reserve a spot on a guided hike. Hikes can be scheduled between May 15 and November 15 (weather permitting). 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.
- Meet at the Headwaters information kiosk at Newburg Park in Fortuna.
- 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 long lunch breaks but please bring snacks and water.
- The hike is difficult for those under 10 years of age.
- Pets are not allowed.
Distance: The entire roundtrip is approximately 3 miles.
Difficulty: This hike is considered moderately strenuous and takes 3 to 4 hours.