Elk River Road

Headwaters Forest Reserve, California

Elevation Gain1,572ft
Trailhead Elevation84ft
Elevation Min/Max75/379ft
Elevation Start/End84/84ft

Elk River Road

Elk River Road is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Humboldt County, California. It is within Headwaters Forest Reserve. It is 3.5 miles long and begins at 84 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 7.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,572 feet. Near the trailhead there are restrooms.

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Best Dog Hikes Northern California (Falcon Guides)
Linda B. Mullally and David S. Mullally
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"This lush, green, and gentle educational trail with historical and cultural interpretive signs along a narrow peaceful stretch of the Elk River is accessible to disabled visitors along the first paved mile and transitions to dirt for the last 2.0 miles. The voice control option is a boon for hikers with responsive dogs."
Top Trails Northern California’s Redwood Coast (Wilderness Press)
Mike White
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"After years of heated controversy, the Headwaters Forest Reserve was acquired and protected in 1999, creating the sixth largest redwood park in California. The vast majority of the area is off-limits to the public to prevent environmental degradation. The sole portal into this redwood sanctuary, the Elk River Trail barely penetrates the old-growth section. The initial stretch follows the pleasant grade of an old logging road along the banks of the South Fork Elk River through serene second-growth forest, offering some history along the way. Beyond, singletrack trail climbs up to a short loop through a small stand of old-growth redwoods."

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Trail Information

Headwaters Forest Reserve
Nearby City
Headwaters Forest Reserve
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly, Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Bureau of Land Management Arcata Field Office, 1695 Heindon Rd., Arcata 95521; (707)825-2300; www.blm.gov/ca/ arcarta. California Department of Fish and Wildlife, 619 Second St., Eureka, 95501; (707)445-6493; www.fws.gov/arcata.
Local Contacts
USGS McWhinney Creek; BLM Headwaters Reserve Map
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