Humboldt Bay Trail
The Humboldt Bay Trail is a network of paved paths connecting the communities around Humboldt Bay. Efforts are actively underway to complete a continuous 14-mile, non-motorized trail from central Arcata to the southern end of Eureka. This trail will increase road safety, provide a low-cost travel alternative, expand recreational opportunities, improve community livability, and promote active, healthy transportation. The trail is being constructed in phases by the cities of Eureka and Arcata and Humboldt County, with support from Caltrans, the North Coast Railroad Authority, California Coastal Conservancy, and many other entities. Construction funding is secured for the final four miles of the trail, a section called the “Humboldt Bay Trail South” Project, which extends from the Target store near Eureka Slough to the Bracut Industrial Park near Bayside Cutoff (construction of this segment is planned to begin in 2021).
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Partnerships For Trails
Three local agencies are currently leading the development of segments of the Humboldt Bay Trail:
Humboldt County was allocated funds in 2015 through the State Transportation Improvement Program to complete preliminary engineering, environmental studies, and permitting and to develop engineering plans and specifications for the Humboldt Bay Trail South project. Funding for right-of-way acquisition is being provided through the Humboldt County Association of Governments. In January 2019, funding for construction was awarded through the state's Active Transportation Program. The County is working to acquire right-of-way and permits, develop a plan for wetland mitigation, and complete the final design. The target date for beginning construction is 2021.
The Arcata City Trail extends from Sunset Avenue (near the Larson Park and the Arcata Skate Park) south around Arcata High School and along L Street to Samoa Boulevard, for a total length of 1.5 miles. Humboldt Bay Trail North has been completed. The project involved construction of approximately 3.0 miles of a Class I, ADA accessible, non-motorized multi-use trail, that runs from the terminus of the Arcata Rails with Trail at State Route 255, through the Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary. The trail continues south along the North Coast Railroad Authority’s railroad to the south of Bayside Cutoff along Humboldt Bay.
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Tree Risk Assessment - Report Opens a New Window. (Dryad, Oct. 8, 2018)
Tree Risk Assessment - Attachments Opens a New Window. (Dryad, Oct. 8, 2018)
Tree Risk Assessment - Scope of Work Opens a New Window. (Dryad, Aug. 24, 2018)
Comment Evaluation Memo Opens a New Window. (July 16, 2018)
CEQA Notice of Intent Opens a New Window. (February 2018)
- Figure 2: Proposed Trail Alignment and Key Components Opens a New Window. (Feb 2018)
- Appendix G: Trail Alignment Figures Opens a New Window. (Feb 2018)
Historical Resources / Cultural Resources CEQA Memo Opens a New Window. (January 2018)
Basis of Design Report for Trail Width – Humboldt Bay Trail: Eureka-to-Arcata Segment Opens a New Window. (March 2016)
Humboldt Bay Trail Updates
Virtual Humboldt Trails Summit
Saturday, June 6th, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. via Zoom
Please join trail supporters for the first Virtual Humboldt Trails Summit on Saturday, June 6th, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. via Zoom and Access Humboldt channel 12. During these challenging times, access to safe trails is more important than ever. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about the progress that is being made on local trail projects and get an update from State Senator Mike McGuire on the status of the Great Redwood Trail. On-location videos, including the ground breaking of the Annie and Mary Trail, will connect you with ongoing work in expanding Humboldt’s regional network of trails. The public is encouraged to send their questions about trails in advance to: HumboldtTrailsSummit@gmail.com.
To join the Virtual Humboldt Trails Summit, you must register at: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_4ZwdoLuEQLKIUhctG9Gj5Q
State Allocates Funding for Completion of Humboldt Bay Trail
The project to complete the 4-mile gap in the Humboldt Bay Trail between Eureka and Arcata was approved for funding through the state’s 2019 Active Transportation Program.
The Active Transportation Program is a competitive grant program that funds bicycle and pedestrian improvements throughout California. Humboldt County’s “Humboldt Bay Trail South” project was tied for the fifth-highest score in the category of projects that competed on a statewide basis. The approved funding amount is $13.3 million.
Donate to the Humboldt Bay Trail Fund
The Humboldt Bay Trail Fund was established at the Humboldt Area Foundation to provide a mechanism for private donors to assist in the continued development of the Humboldt Bay Trail by focusing on the critical need for trail maintenance funds. The fund will give priority to on-going emergency trail maintenance with emphasis on supporting volunteer efforts. Make an online donation!
KCET – Connecting Communities on the Humboldt Bay Trail
The latest episode of KCET’s California Coastal Trail series highlights the Humboldt Bay Trail and the broad community support for completing the trail. Check out this inspiring segment Opens a New Window. .
Funding to Complete the Final Four-mile Gap
In July 2018, Humboldt County applied to the state’s Active Transportation Fund for $13.3 million of funding to complete the four-mile gap in the Humboldt Bay Trail between Arcata and Eureka. The total construction cost (including $2.5 million for wetland mitigation) is $18.6 million. The proposed cost-share for the project is $2 million from Coastal Conservancy and $3.3 million from Caltrans District 1. A funding decision should be made late October or November 2018.
California Environmental Quality Act Document Adopted
On Tuesday, July 31, 2018, Humboldt County Board of Supervisors adopted the proposed initial study and mitigated negative declaration prepared for the Humboldt Bay Trail South project in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). Humboldt County Public Works prepared the Initial Study and Proposed Mitigated Negative Declaration Opens a New Window. to analyze potentially significant environmental impacts and identify appropriate mitigation measures. The project approved by the Board includes removal of the northern group of eucalyptus trees. To provide additional information regarding the safety hazards of the eucalyptus trees, the Board asked Public Works to hire two certified arborists to perform independent risk assessments. The Board is expected to receive a report regarding the results of the risk assessments in late October or early November 2018.