Natural Resources Services




 The ‘Hikshari’ Trail” in south Eureka’s Elk River Access Area, is a 1.5 mile multiple-use trail segment that winds along the Elk River and through the Elk River Wildlife Sanctuary. Bike, walk, rollerblade, stroll or paddle among coastal willow patches, sand dune systems, saltmarsh and riverine habitat. (Hikshari’ is the Wiyot place name for this area).  Interpretive signs (many still to be installed) dot the trail, highlighting aspects of the area's natural and cultural history in addition to trail and watertrail map information. Topics cover marsh reconstruction, migrant and vagrant bird species in the willow patches, Humboldt Bay geology, railroad history, Wiyot village life, Elk River sandspit formation and marine life, dune plant ecology, and plant and animal identification.  There are four parking lots and trailheads to access the trail: Truesdale Avenue (just south of the Bayshore Mall), two along Hilfiker Lane and one off Herrick and 101 at the Pound Road Park and Ride.

Project partners:
City of Eureka,
Wiyot Tribe,
LACO Associates;
Construction by Alves Inc. and Hooven Construction;
funding from State Coastal Conservancy,
PG & E and
River Parkways Prop 84.
A very special thanks to our scientific illustrator Gary Bloomfield for his interpretive sign artwork and cement artist John King for his bench, entryway and kiosk elements. Thanks to an estimated 250 community volunteers who have given their time toward the cleanup and planting of the site.


At Natural Resources Services, we've been committed to improving the health of California's north coast communities and the watersheds on which they depend since 1983. As a division of Redwood Community Action Agency, we're dedicated to helping the community achieve self-sufficiency. We love the rewarding work we do and have fun doing it.


Don Allan

Natural Resources Director


904  G Street Eureka, CA 95501


For information on:

Watershed Services, call Craig Benson at


Active Living and Community Gardens call Emily Sinkhorn at