Arcata Ridge Trail Project
- Connect public lands together and create a 4-mile redwood forest trail between the City's northern and southern limits.
- Strengthens Arcata's appeal as an active tourism destination and will be a recreational resource for local hikers, bicyclists and equestrians.
- Help protect Arcata's undeveloped eastern boundary, wildlife habitat and viewshed.
The City Council approved the final Fickle Hill Segment connecting the Sunny Brae Forest with the Arcata Community Forest on February 17, 2021 and the City has received all the necessary permits to install the crossing and final trail segment. Construction will start the last week of August 2022 and is anticipated to be completed October, 2022, weather permitting.
Parking or temporary stopping of vehicles near the Fickle Hill crossing will not be permitted. There is sufficient parking near the West End Road and Margaret Lane trailheads to accommodate Arcata Ridge Trail users. There are also trailheads on Diamond Drive and California Drive to access the Arcata Ridge Trail at a higher elevation.
Community members are asked to be patient during construction and not bypass trail closure notices. The Arcata Ridge Trail on the north side of Fickle Hill Road will be periodically closed during construction and due to private property on both sides of the Arcata Ridge Trail, no detours will be provided to connect trail users to Fickle Hill Road. Residents are advised to plan their hikes accordingly.
Below is the administrative record for the project.
About the Trail
The City of Arcata is creating a 4-mile trail running from West End Road to Buttermilk Lane, crossing through the Sunny Brae and Arcata Community Forests. When complete, the Arcata Ridge Trail will allow hikers, bikers and equestrians to travel from the north to south of the City limits without leaving scenic redwood forested hillsides. Once the Annie and Mary Trail is complete, there will be less than a mile between the 2 trails, making it possible to walk or ride all the way from Blue Lake through Arcata.
Tourism & Nature Benefits
The trail will strengthen Arcata’s reputation as an active travel destination and help preserve the City’s undeveloped eastern greenbelt boundary, which would both maintain a wildlife corridor and protect the headwaters of Janes Creek, Gannon Slough and Beith Creek from future development.
Currently, the City is acquiring easements and purchasing parcels to “fill in the gaps” to provide space for an eventual trail as well as to protect the forested ridge line habitat of east Arcata.
The community has been enthusiastically supportive of purchasing of properties for this ecological greenbelt and to complete the trail, and has helped with fundraisers, such as:
- The Arcata Ridge Trail Festival - An annual weekend of mountain bike races, trail runs and music
- Bat ‘N’ Rouge - A comedy drag softball fundraiser
Make a Donation
Donations can be made directly to the Arcata Forest Fund which is administered by the Humboldt Area Foundation. Make a donation online here: Arcata Forest Fund, or checks can be made out to the "Arcata Forest Fund" and sent to the Foundation at:
373 Indianola Road