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Love this spot!!!

The trail is really nice, we have hiked it about 4 times now early in the morning and it is always peaceful and cool temperature wise. would highly recommend if you want to start your day off with a great hike

hiking
3 months ago

If other people and off leash dogs offend you then do this hike early on a Sun morning with rain in the forecast, you will have the place to yourself. There is a sign in the parking lot that says the trail is closed 3 miles in due to wet, muddy conditions, however we walked 3.7 miles before we turned around and the trail was in great shape, no mud, no signs indicating closure...? We’ll be coming back to during spawning season to see the salmon.

hiking
3 months ago

was a gorgeous trail, for the amount of people the trails became very narrow and they're kinda of super muddy right now. my sister in law slipped on the muddy cement steps and got injured. otherwise was enjoyable

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful!

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful afternoon or Sunday hike in the spring. Check along the creek at one point with a fern covered tree that you can easily climb onto! The last couple mile incline got a bit muddy, swampy, and slippery.

Easy and a nice view,

on Elk River Trail

hiking
6 months ago

It was a wonderful experience except the number of dogs off leash made it hard to walk my dogs on leash. So please if you visit with your fur friends keep your dog on leash and pick up after it :) they even have bags at the entrance

hiking
7 months ago

Great trail. Especially with a dog and also off leash!

View isn’t terrible, but still lots of homeless. They don’t seem to be bothersome, but be aware of your surroundings. Doesn’t smell very good either.

Great trail! Challenging, but fun. At the 3 mile marker, there is a sign that says “dogs and bike prohibited beyond this point,” so not dog friendly the whole way.

hiking
8 months ago

Great trail on Humboldt Bay. We walk it 2 or 3 times a week and it is always a joy especially at sunset. We usually start at the trail head at the Herrick Ave. park and ride lot. Paved path is nice but the trails that follow the Elk River offer a more scenic view with lots of birds. We often see birders, bikes, dog walkers and families on the trail. Haven’t seen a homeless camp in several years. The Trail Stewards do a wonderful job of maintaining the trail and the Eureka Police patrol the trail on an ATV. We always feel safe even in the evening. The hike out over the RR trestle to Stinky Beach is wonderful.

hiking
9 months ago

Should call this one the Homeless Trail. Almost didn't do it because I wasn't confident my car would be ok. An asphalt bike trail I wouldn't advise anyone to do.

Nice little walk while looking at the Woodley Island Harbor... Did that today as well.

walking
9 months ago

A nice meandering walk. You need to be aware of your surroundings as there are still some lingering homeless camps.

Bring your bear spray

hiking
11 months ago

Easy trail to follow. A little confusing at the end near the loop as there is no 5 mile marker and the trailhead posted at this point says "Pool Tral" with arrows up and right. Assuming some kids switched the L & P for a good laugh.

Friday, August 04, 2017

It's really 11 miles out & back with a small loop through old growth Redwoods after steeper incline.

Thursday, August 03, 2017

Good for trail running. First 3 miles are dog friendly.

on Elk River Trail

hiking
Monday, July 17, 2017

The trail is flat for about 1-3/4 miles before it starts going up on a hiking trail. There was a downed tree in the trail near the 1-mile marker so we had to climb over it. We followed the trail up for 3.8 miles before turning around and coming back down. Lots of beautiful scenery and trees. Loved that our dog could join us.

hiking
Tuesday, June 13, 2017

This is a beautiful trail. Like someone said no cell phone service. Saw a small bear about 4 miles from start so be careful.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

great trail, very easy

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Another awesome, well maintained and preserved trail. Saw some beautiful butterflies. Great trail to jog or walk the dog.

trail running
Tuesday, July 05, 2016

This was an incredible trail run. The first three miles get you warmed up with gentle rolling up/downs, and then the last 2.5 miles really push you since it's mostly uphill. But to end amongst old-growth redwoods is spectacular. I went on the Sunday before July 4th and it wasn't too crowded at all. Any fewer people and I would have been nervous about running by myself. I wish I lived closer so I could run this trail more often!

hiking
Monday, April 11, 2016

As all previous reviews suggest, the first 3 miles are relatively flat with an occasion gradual increase in elevation. We couldn't go further than mile 3 as the remainder of the trail was closed due to heavy mud. The elevation increases significantly after the third mile at the crossing of the bridge. I believe the total round trip mileage is about 11 miles making this my favorite local hike thus far. Also, no cellphone service on this hike so come prepared.

hiking
Thursday, December 31, 2015

Great scenery! Enjoyed the little history facts along the first mile. It rained before we went so the ground was very muddy and slippery which made some of the inclines difficult. We weren't able to make it all the way to the top because of the mud. I would love to come back maybe during the summer and try it again!

hiking
Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Mile 1 is a flat, paved road with educational signs along the way. Great for kids and elderly. mile 2-3 is not paved, but still easy (relatively flat). After the mile 3 marker is where you get most of your elevation gain. It is up, up, up. After the mile 4 marker, the trail mellows out quite a bit. The grove is small and very peaceful. No one up there. No sounds of society at all. Take a lunch and chill out for a while. You'll be glad you brought it.

walking
Monday, July 13, 2015

Super fun trail at Elk River/Headwater. Beautiful scenery the entire time. Knees started hurting coming down/back from trail so I just took my time. Wasn't a busy trail so I loved it even more! Stayed hydrated & ate 1 granola bar.

hiking
Wednesday, November 20, 2013

I hiked the first 3.5 miles of the trail before fading daylight forced me to turn around. The first couple of miles is an easy paved trail with very good interpretive signs that detail the history of the logging operation that once flourished here. Even more instructive than the signs are the massive old stumps that lurk in the woods to either side of the trail--sad reminders of the glory this place must have had before humans destroyed it with greed. The trail is pretty and the first couple of miles along the River is good for families with kids or those hikers confined to wheelchairs.

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