Hammond Trail

Location: McKinleyville, CA
Cooperating Agencies: Humboldt County Public Works Department, California Coastal Conservancy, California Conservation Corps
Funding Sources: California Department of Transportation Environmental Enhancement and Mitigation Program, California Coastal Conservancy

As part of the California Coastal Trail, the Hammond Trail is the only predominately Class I, non-motorized path in the central coast of Humboldt County designed for commuter travel as well as recreational use. The trail also provides the only north-south access over the Mad River west of State Route 101 in this region. In its present state of development, the southern section of the trail from Fischer Road to Knox Cove is developed to Class I Bikeway standards, making it suitable for all types of recreational and commuter uses. The almost two miles of trail to the north are open to pedestrians, equestrians, and cyclists.

Natural Resources Services (NRS) has been involved with the development of the Hammond Trail since 1986 through organizing community support and negotiations, securing grant funding, planning and designing the trail, and the construction of two miles of the trail. NRS,
A section of the Hammond Trail between Clam Beach and Highway 101
working through an agreement with the California State Coastal Conservancy (SCC) and Humboldt County, completed the Knox Cove to Murray Road segment in 1993. In addition, the construction of the Murray Road to Widow White Creek section was completed in the summer of 1995, with spur trails to the edge of the Mad River at Murray Road and just south of Widow White Creek. This portion of the trail was made possible through Environmental Enhancement and Mitigation (EEM) funding, administered by the California Department of Transportation. NRS finished the planning, design, and construction of three-quarters of a mile in Clam Beach Dunes County Park in April of 1997. An additional three-quarters of a mile of trail was constructed in the summer of 1999. Both of these sections were also funded through EEM and SCC grants. NRS is currently in the process of planning an extension of the Hammond Trail southward from Mad River through the Arcata Bottoms.

NRS has worked to promote and develop this resource in many ways including writing articles, leading educational trail walks, and publishing a free Hammond Trail brochure. The brochure contains general information for visitors about some of the exciting features that are found along the trail. The Hammond Coastal Trail was selected as the “Best Place to Ride a Bike” and the “Second Best Place to Walk or Jog” in the 1997 Times Standard’s annual “Best of the North Coast” poll.


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