Hiking Humboldt

Hike 20: Manila Dunes to Ma-le’l Dunes

Ma-le'l Dunes

Ma-le’l Dunes

The Samoa Peninsula’s dune system is one of the most interesting and unusual environments in the region. It’s a dynamic landscape that, through restoration efforts, is returning to its natural splendor. This hike traverses both old, forested dunes and young, sparsely- or un-vegetated ones; both types support unique and distinctive plant communities. It starts at Friends of the Dunes’ Humboldt Coastal Nature Center, well worth a visit in its own right. The southern (HCNC) trail junctions are marked but the trail names aren’t indicated; the northern (federal) ones are color coded.

eBird list for Manila Dunes to Ma-le’l Dunes hike & vicinity

Friends of the Dunesinfo@friendsofthedunes.org, 707-444-1397

Ma-le’l Dunes Cooperative Management Area707-825-2300 (Bureau of Land Management Arcata Field Office)

Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refugedenise_seeger@fws.gov, 707-733-5406

  • Lead a bird watching hike at the dunes yesterday. It was spectacular, with many birds, but also LOTS of mosquitoes. Beware of the mosquito factor from April-July depending on the standing water conditions.

  • Ken Burton

    The “unsigned trail in the forest” at mile 5.4 is called the Vou’gul Trail on the new Ma-le’l Dunes brochure map.

  • Ken Burton

    Due to beach erosion and dune buildup, the sign at the west end of the Kimuk Trail (mile 2.5) is just about impossible to see from the beach. The coordinates are N 40° 52.723’, W 124° 09.445’. Also, the property to the north of the hike is the Lanphere Dunes Unit of Humboldt Bay NWR, not “Lanphere Dunes NWR” as shown on the map.

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