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Arcata Community Forest Tour

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Trail

5.4 mile 8.6 kilometer loop
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 836' 255 m
Descent: -838' -256 m
High: 729' 222 m
Low: 467' 142 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 23% (13°)

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Trail shared by Nick Wilder

Just one option of many combinations of lovely trails in the forest above Arcata.

Nick Wilder

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Overview

The Arcata Community Forest is a gem of a trail network in Arcata's backyard. There are many trailheads and a myriad of combinations that can be done. This is just an example, and the trails are mostly quite similar to each other, so make your own hike as short or long as you like.

Description

All the trails here are quite hilly, and if you find level ground, enjoy - it won't be that way for long! This forest is mostly second-generation forest of Douglas Fir and Redwoods. Ferns are incredibly abundant, and overall the lush green is deeply intense. It can be cold and moody in the fog or delightful as the sun filters through and dapples the forest floor.

History & Background

The park was cobbled together by the city's purchase of 6 forest tracts in 1955, and additional tracts were added in 2006. Trail construction is of excellent quality and more trails continue to be added.

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Dec 20, 2018
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Photos

Singletrack past a huge burned out redwood
Jun 2, 2016 near Arcata, CA
Sunshine filtering through the redwoods
Jun 2, 2016 near Arcata, CA
Nice stretch in the Arcata Community Forest.
Jun 2, 2016 near Arcata, CA
Bridge over Janes Creek.
Jun 2, 2016 near Arcata, CA
Cruising through the lush ferns.
Jun 2, 2016 near Arcata, CA
The uphills can be arduous!
Jun 2, 2016 near Arcata, CA

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