Eureka Waterfront Trail

Bike, walk, rollerblade, stroll or paddle among coastal willow patches, sand dune systems, saltmarsh and riverine habitat. (Hikshari’ is the Wiyot place name for this area).  

The Hikshari’ Trail in south Eureka’s Elk River Access Area, stretches and winds 1.5 miles along the Elk River and through the Elk River Wildlife Sanctuary.  With easy access and flat paved trails, this is a great way to stretch your legs and enjoy a side section of Humboldt Bay when you are visiting Eureka.   

Interpretive signs dot the trail, highlighting aspects of the area's natural and cultural history in addition to trail and watertrail map information. Topics cover marsh reconstruction, migrant and vagrant bird species in the willow patches, Humboldt Bay geology, railroad history, Wiyot village life, Elk River sandspit formation and marine life, dune plant ecology, and plant and animal identification.    

There are four parking lots and trailheads to access the trail: Truesdale Avenue (just south of the Bayshore Mall), two along Hilfiker Lane and one off Herrick and 101 at the Pound Road Park and Ride.  

Audubon guided birdwalks every 3rd Sunday at 9am.  Meet at parking lot at foot of West Del Norte Street. Birds will be scoped here at the public dock. Then attendees will drive to the Hikshari' trail at Truesdale Street and bird along the trail to the Elk River Wildlife Sanctuary.

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