Bicycling through Humboldt County is a great way to see parts of the area you would not normally see from a car. Use this guide to take you through bicycle trails you'll want to take again and again.
NORTH HUMBOLDT COUNTY
Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park
Ancient redwoods, Sitka spruce and ocean views are all a part of this ride. Begin at the Elk Prairie Visitor Center for this 19 mile loop through the redwoods and Sitka spruce out to the coast and back. MAP with directions
Also refer to Prairie Creek Bike Trails .pdf right side-bar
Lost Man Creek Trail -
This scenic hike and bike trail, located in Redwood National Park takes you through the redwood forest. Eleven miles combine with Bald Hills Rd. and Hwy 101 for a 20 1/2 mile loop. The Trailhead begins at Lost Man Creek picnic area. It is a moderate trail with some steep grades. MAP. More info on Biking in the Redwood National & State ParkGuided Mountain Bike Tour in the Redwoods
Learn about our unique redwood forest ecosystem and the amazing array of wildlife and spectacular scenery that can only be accessed by mountain bikes. Our Guided Mountain Bike Tours allow beginners to learn off-road mountain biking techniques on our wide trails through redwood groves, meadows, creeks, and beaches. Intermidiate and advanced riders are introduced to some of the North Coast's famous sing-track trails.
Hammond Trail, McKinleyville
Perfect for bikers, walkers and equestrians, the Hammond Trail runs along the west side of Arcata to McKinleyville, taking in a variety of habitats and environments, with views, at times, overlooking the ocean. It is paved for most of its length and mostly level except for one tall hill just north of the bridge. Several access points. MAP
Arcata Community Forest
The 790-acre Arcata Community Forest is crisscrossed by bike trails that follow old fire roads and logging skid roads. Very hilly and steep in places, the forest serves up a variety of challenging mountain bike rides for all skill levels. Map in side-bar
SOUTHERN HUMBOLDT COUNTY
Bike Trails in Humboldt Redwoods State Park
Mountain bikers -- If you're looking for a real challenge Humboldt Redwoods has plenty! All trails are designated as Multi Use Trails (M.U.T.) and all roads are open to mountain bikes, making for well over 75 miles of riding. Creative mountain bikers can pack their camping gear and stay at any of the five trail camps in the park. (no bikes on hiking trails) MAP
M.U.T. Trails: Williford -- Myers Flat, Trails off of Mattole Rd; Look Prairie Trail, Pole Line Rd, Fox Camp Trail, Kemp Trail, Perimeter Rd.
Road bikes -- The Avenue of the Giants and the Mattole Road offer level riding over paved surfaces and wind through the magnificent forest. These roads are heavily traveled by vehicles in the busy summer months and in many places. In the Rockefeller Forest, there is little or no road shoulder.
MAP The BLM has been working with mountain biking advocates and clubs in constructing an environmentally sustainable and challenging mountain bike trail system in the Paradise Ridge area of the King Range National Conservation Area, north of Shelter Cove Road. When completed, it will include 30 miles of trails encompassing varying levels of difficulty and diverse scenic vistas, terrain features and riding experiences.
The Paradise Royale Mountain Bike Trail was officially opened on September 27, 2008. All 14 miles are open and ready to ride! Refer to the map.
Tour the redwoods with these professionals (bikes provided):
The Tour of the Unknown Coast - May
One of the most widely known and greatest bicycle events the North Coast has to offer. This 100 mile course bicycle race, with varying degrees of difficulty, is held in the remote area known as the Lost Coast, west of the Avenue of the Giants.
More Info: www.tuccycle.org
Discovery Ride through Ancient Forest - Bike the Newton Drury Scenic Parkway - October
This annual fun ride is a great way for riders of all ages and levels to experience the redwoods and state parks.
More info: Redwood Parks Association 707-465-7354
One of the best ways to find out where to ride is at one of our local bike shops in Eureka and Arcata: