Humboldt County

Eel River Day Hike

When: May 4, 2012

Where: Mendocino County, Eel River, Centerville
Rating: Moderate
Miles: 7 mile total on the beach
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Meet at the Fireman’s Park in Ferndale at 8:00 am for carpooling. Together, we will drive out the coast and walk from Centerville North to the mouth of Eel River and back. We will start our hike at a barn and walk along inland trails for an opportunity to see some wildlife; then we will head to the beach and walk north the mouth of Eel River. We will walk 2 miles of inland trails and 2 miles on soft sand, for 5-7 hours of hiking. Wear sturdy shoes and bring drinking water and snacks. David LaFollette and Jerome Kief (from the Wildland Conservancy, Eel River Land) will lead this hike.

Past Hikes

Natural History Walk in Eel River Southern Estuary

When: April 14, 2012
Where: Humboldt County, Eel River Estuary
Rating: Moderate
Miles: About 5 miles
Meeting place: Fortuna, north end of the Redwood Village Shopping Center for leaderless carpooling
Time: 8:00 a.m. at Fortuna

A steady rain or weather that obscures the water cancels the walk. Leader David LaFollette will lead this special hike. The southern estuary of the Eel River in Humboldt County contains a diverse array of habitats and a magnificent arena of life. This 1,100 acre property includes: tidal wetlands, fresh water marsh, sand dunes, grass lands, beach frontage and a spectacular half moon bay on the Eel River. Wildlife includes: river otters, harbor seals, tundra swans, bald eagles, egrets, herons, salmon and steel head trout.

The hike will be a walk on the beach to the mouth of the Eel River and back. You will return to your cars at Fortuna about noon. Bring binoculars, drinking water and a snack.