History is being made, as the City of Eureka proudly announces that plans have been solidified and funding has been secured to begin construction of the Eureka Waterfront Trail. With a tentative completion date of 2018, this trail will offer members of the community the opportunity to walk, bike or run from one end of the city to the other. With endless wildlife, recreational, interpretive and transportation opportunities, this community milestone is sure to change the face of our community. The Eureka Waterfront Trail will be divided up into the following phases, which when connected, will make up the 6.3 mile contiguous trail.
The Hikshari' Trail Open to the public in 2012, this 1.5 mile stretch of bay front trail begins at Elk River Parkway and runs all along the bay to the foot of Truesdale. Drawing people from all over Humboldt County to hike, bike, run, paddle and picnic, the Hikshari’ Trail is an ideal location for bird watching and is the home to several Explore Eureka Outdoor Recreation Programs. The trail also features interpretive signage covering marsh reconstruction, migrant and vagrant bird species in the willow patches, Humboldt Bay geology, railroad history, Wiyot village life, Elk River sand spit formation and marine life, dune plant ecology and plant and animal identification.
Phase A Picking up where the Hikshari’ ends at Truesdale St., this next phase will run behind the Bayshore Mall and along Humboldt Bay to the foot of Del Norte St., landing right at the Del Norte St. Fishing Pier. This phase of the trail will also feature a variety of wildlife viewing, interpretative and recreational opportunities; including outdoor fitness equipment periodically placed throughout the trail.
Phase B Running directly adjacent to Railroad Ave. and Waterfront Dr., this portion of the Waterfront Trail begins at Del Norte St. and ends at the foot of C St., providing visitors with the unique experience of running, jogging or walking along the Eureka marina and beautiful downtown Eureka Boardwalk.
Phase C The final phase of the Eureka Waterfront Trail is located along the south shore of North Humboldt Bay, north of Highway 255 and then follows the south side of the Eureka Slough, passing underneath the bridge decks of Highway 101, providing the only alternative route in the City for pedestrians and non-motorized vehicles to cross US 101 without having to physically attempt to cross through traffic, eventually ending at Tydd St. This phase will also feature a variety of wildlife, interpretation and recreational opportunities!