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 all but 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.
Humboldt County intends to adopt a mitigated negative declaration of environmental impact for the Humboldt Bay Trail South Project for compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The public review period for the CEQA environmental document is February 16, 2018, through March 19, 2018. Comments can be submitted via e-mail to email@example.com or mailed in hard-copy form to Humboldt County Department of Public Works, 1106 Second Street, Eureka, CA, 95501.
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Partnerships For Trails
Three local agencies are currently leading the development of segments of the Humboldt Bay Trail:
Humboldt County is leading the development of the Humboldt Bay Trail South segment which will provide the interconnecting link between Eureka’s and Arcata’s trail projects.
The 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 Bay Trail South project. Preliminary cost estimates for right-of-way, construction, and wetland mitigation range from $13 to $16 million. Future funding will need to be secured for these components. The goal is to have engineering plans, funding and permits in place to initiate construction by 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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Humboldt Bay Trail Upcoming Events
Humboldt Bay Trail South Public Meeting
Completing the Humboldt Bay Trail between Eureka and Arcata
TUES., FEB. 27, 5:30-7 PM, WHARFINGER BUILDING, EUREKA
The County of Humboldt is sponsoring a public meeting to discuss the plan to complete the Humboldt Bay Trail between Eureka and Arcata. The meeting will begin with an informal open house at 5:30 pm to view exhibits of the current design and talk with planners and engineers, followed by a project update presentation at 6:00 pm with time for questions and comments.
Please see News Flash for more information about this meeting.
The Humboldt Bay Trail FundThe 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 on-line donation!
Project DocumentsCEQA Notice of Intent (February 2018)
CEQA environmental document – Initial Study and Proposed Mitigated Negative Declaration (February 2018)
Humboldt Bay Trail South Initial Engineering Study (August 2014)
Figure 2: Proposed Trail Alignment and Key Components (Feb 2018)
Appendix G: Trail Alignment Figures (Feb 2018)
Humboldt Bay Trail Network Project Update Brochure (June 2014)
Humboldt Bay Trail South Project Study Report (March 2014)