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.
Friends of the Dunes: email@example.com, 707-444-1397
Ma-le’l Dunes Cooperative Management Area: 707-825-2300 (Bureau of Land Management Arcata Field Office)
Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge: firstname.lastname@example.org, 707-733-5406