The Hikshari’ Trail in south Eureka is a 1.5 mile trail completed in 2013 that winds along the Elk River and through the Elk River Wildlife Sanctuary. Bicycle, walk, jog, rollerblade, or paddle among coastal willow patches, sand dune systems, salt marsh, and riverine habitat. Named for the Wiyot place name for the Elk River area, the Hikshari’ Trail is Eureka’s newest segment of the California Coastal Trail. Future trail segments are being planned through Palco Marsh and along Eureka’s waterfront to Halvorsen Park, where it will connect to the Bay Trail to follow the Humboldt Bay shoreline between Highway 101 and the railroad corridor.
Interpretive signs along the trail highlight the area’s natural and cultural history. A stroll along the Hikshari’ Trail is a great way to enjoy spectacular views of Humboldt Bay while learning about Wiyot culture, birds, marine life, dune ecology, marsh restoration, geology, plant and animal identification, and more. There are four parking lots and trailheads to access the trail: one at Truesdale Avenue (just south of the Bayshore Mall), two along Hilfiker Lane, and one near the Herrick Avenue exit on Highway 101 at the Pound Road Park and Ride. The City of Eureka’s parking lot at Truesdale Avenue highlights Low Impact Development methods to protect the bay from polluted stormwater by directing parking lot runoff to bioswales and permeable paving stones.
Thanks to a generous grant from the California Coastal Conservancy, Humboldt Baykeeper leads free walks and kayak tours along the Hikshari’ Trail. Our last tours of 2016 are scheduled for October 10 (motor boat tour) and October 24 (Hikshari’ Trail walk and kayak tour). Visit our website and like us on Facebook for more information. You can also sign up for email announcements by sending a message to firstname.lastname@example.org or call Jasmin Segura, Bay Tours Coordinator, at 707-825-1020.