BLM Offers Salmon Pass Fall Public Hikes in Headwaters Forest Reserve

FORTUNA, Calif. – The Bureau of Land Management is offering guided public hikes every Sunday in the southern portion of the Headwaters Forest Reserve during October. Come enjoy a fall hike through the old-growth redwood forest on the Salmon Pass trail joined by a docent from the BLM’s partner group, Friends of Headwaters.

“With fall upon us and the days getting shorter, now is a nice time to get out and enjoy the Reserve before the rains arrive,” said Arcata Field Manager Collin Ewing.

The hikes normally begin at Newburg Park in Fortuna. There is a small parking lot at Salmon Pass and hikers caravan behind the guide. Hikers are also encouraged to carpool.

The first half mile of the trail passes through a young to mid-aged forest with a view of restored watershed areas; the next two 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 redwoods. This is a 2.5-mile hike and considered moderately strenuous and requires three to four hours to complete.

When hiking in all areas of BLM-managed public lands, please follow the 7 Principles of Leave No Trace to minimize your impact on ecosystems and habitats. Learn what it means to Tread Lightly while recreating, to leave the area better than you found it.

For more information or to make a reservation, call 707-825-2300, or visit and follow the link for the date desired.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 western states, including Alaska, on behalf of the American people. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. Our mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.

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