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Headwaters Forest Reserve

Salmon Pass Trail

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.

Trail map of Headwaters Forest Reserve Salmon Pass area, located in Humboldt County, California. This map shows Salmon PassTrail in detail with topographic lines and points of interest along the trail.This map cannot be made fully compliant with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. If you need help using the information here, please contact the Arcata Field Office at (707) 825-2300 and reference the Headwaters trail map webpage.

Graphic that says NEWThe 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.

Hike Information:

  • 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.

Image of a field trip on the Salmon Pass Trail led by BLM Park Ranger Julie Clark


Image looking up through an old-growth redwood forest within Headwaters

Image of hikers on the Salmon Creek Trail


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Arcata Field Office
1695 Heindon Road 
Arcata, California 95521-4573 
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