Hiking Humboldt

Hike 38: River Trail


The River Trail runs parallel to the South Fork Eel River, but despite its name it’s mostly out of sight of the river. It’s a gentle, shady, and little-used trail through second-growth forest and a few old-growth stands with numerous memorial groves. The hike crosses Bull Creek near the start, the river near the end, and several small streams in between. The southern part passes through the site of the 2003 Canoe Fire, one of the largest old-growth-redwood fires ever recorded. It burned over 11,000 acres and forced trail closures that lasted over a decade. There’s a picnic area near the far end.

eBird list for River Trail hike & vicinity

Humboldt Redwoods State Parkinfo@parks.ca.gov, 707-946-2409

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