Gearheart Marsh and Brackish Pond Loop

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Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary

Gearheart Marsh and Brackish Pond Loop is a 2.3 kilometer heavily trafficked loop trail located near Arcata, California that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 2.3 km Elevation Gain: 2 m Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

stroller friendly

mountain biking

nature trips


bird watching



partially paved


wild flowers


no shade

no shade
10 months ago

Enjoyed that this trail connected to the other marsh trails. Trail is pretty flat, no shade, lots of birds, and great for running. Easy to get to as well.

bird watching
Mon Dec 24 2018

Nice place to take a walk with the family for bird watching. My dog, daughters, and my pregnant partner enjoyed the sunset. They loved the ducks and there is free dog potty bags for people with pets.

Mon Sep 17 2018

Level trails, great views, lots of birds and wildlife. Good locations for photography. Lots of families. Like!

Sat Nov 18 2017

Did several trails here in Arcata Marsh and enjoyed then all. No less than a dozen different kinds of birds including hawks. With all the ducks here i was surprised i didn't see an eagle. Beautiful day!

Tue Jan 15 2019

Thu Nov 29 2018