Arcata Ridge Trail Project


  • Connect public lands together and create a 4-mile redwood forest trail between the City's northern and southern limits.
  • Strengthens Arcata's appeal as an active tourism destination and will be a recreational resource for local hikers, bicyclists and equestrians.
  • Help protect Arcata's undeveloped eastern boundary, wildlife habitat and viewshed.
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Project Update

The City Council approved the final Fickle Hill Segment connecting the Sunnybrae Forest with the Arcata Community Forest on February 17, 2021. The connection is one step closer to opening for use! The City must now schedule the work and obtain necessary permits from the County of Humboldt to install the crossing.

Please remember, the Fickle Hill crossing is not a trailhead. Dropping off riders and bikes is unsafe and unauthorized at this location.

Below is the administrative record for the project.  

About the Trail

The City of Arcata is creating a 4-mile trail running from West End Road to Buttermilk Lane, crossing through the Sunny Brae and Arcata Community Forests. When complete, the Arcata Ridge Trail will allow hikers, bikers and equestrians to travel from the north to south of the City limits without leaving scenic redwood forested hillsides. Once the Annie and Mary Trail is complete, there will be less than a mile between the 2 trails, making it possible to walk or ride all the way from Blue Lake through Arcata.

Tourism & Nature Benefits

The trail will strengthen Arcata’s reputation as an active travel destination and help preserve the City’s undeveloped eastern greenbelt boundary, which would both maintain a wildlife corridor and protect the headwaters of Janes Creek, Gannon Slough and Beith Creek from future development.

Land Acquisition

Currently, the City is acquiring easements and purchasing parcels to “fill in the gaps” to provide space for an eventual trail as well as to protect the forested ridge line habitat of east Arcata.

Community Support

The community has been enthusiastically supportive of purchasing of properties for this ecological greenbelt and to complete the trail, and has helped with fundraisers, such as:
  • The Arcata Ridge Trail Festival - An annual weekend of mountain bike races, trail runs and music
  • Bat ‘N’ Rouge - A comedy drag softball fundraiser

Make a Donation

Donations can be made directly to the Arcata Forest Fund which is administered by the Humboldt Area Foundation. Make a donation online here: Arcata Forest Fund, or checks can be made out to the "Arcata Forest Fund" and sent to the Foundation at:

Humboldt Area Foundation
373 Indianola Road
Bayside, CA 95524
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