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.
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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. Right-of-way, permits, wetland mitigation, and funding for construction still need to be secured. Preliminary cost estimates for construction range from $14 to $16 million. 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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California Environmental Quality Act
On Tuesday, July 31, 2018, starting at approximately 9:15 am, the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors will consider adopting the environmental document prepared for the Humboldt Bay Trail South project in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). Humboldt County Public Works prepared an Initial Study and Proposed Mitigated Negative Declaration to analyze potentially significant environmental impacts and identify appropriate mitigation measures. The public review period for the Initial Study and Proposed Mitigated Negative Declaration was February 16, 2018, through March 19, 2018. Comments received through March 30, 2018, were considered. Public Works developed a memo Opens a New Window. responding to the comments Opens a New Window. that were received. Public Works will recommend that the Board of Supervisors adopt the CEQA document and approve the project at the July 31, 2018 meeting. The agenda for the July 31, 2018 Board meeting will be posted during the afternoon of July 27, 2018 (https://humboldt.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx). The agenda will include a link to the staff report for the Humboldt Bay Trail South CEQA document.
Humboldt Bay Trail South Public Meeting - February 27, 2018
The County of Humboldt sponsored a public meeting to discuss the plan to complete the Humboldt Bay Trail between Eureka and Arcata. The meeting began with an informal open house to view exhibits of the current design and talk with planners and engineers, followed by a project update presentation and question-and-comment session. Approximately 135 people attended.
Please see News Flash Opens a New Window. 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 online donation!
Project DocumentsComment Evaluation Memo (July 16, 2018)
Sea-Level Rise Vulnerability and Adaptation Report (June 2018)
CEQA 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)