Arcata Community Forest - Trail, Arcata, California

Arcata Community Forest - Trail, Arcata, California

DESCRIPTION

Mostly boring wide soft stuff. If you go as fast as you can it's kinda fun. Some "secret" trails are a bit of a thrill. Lots of hikers and horses and blind corners, though. Hippie local hikers don't appreciate us having fun on "their trails" so be respectful and yell loudly aroud corners if you think you can't stop.

USER REVIEWS

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[Sep 30, 2013]
arrowsun
Weekend Warrior

The above mtbr description is woefully outdated. This ride is anything but "boring." The City employs an engineer who happens to be a mountain biker. Over the years, new single-track trails have been added and are continually being built. The City is in the processes of extending a primary route trial several miles starting in Sunny Brae on newly-acquired forest land and ending in West End road.
If you are from out of the area and have never ridden in a redwood forest, this is a must-do. Very lush and carpeted with ferns. No rocks whatsoever. Like riding on a carpet. Yes, you will be riding on fire roads part of the time, but get a map and find the newest single track.

Customer Service

Recommend getting a map at City Hall or a LBS. (The City also has a partial map online.) I like staring at the Fickle Hill Road entrance. Proceed up 9 to 8 to 6 (single track) up 11, down 7 (Janes Creek single track), then up 12 to top, come back down 13 (single track) to 12 to 8 then down 15 (single track), then up 8 and down 9 to entrance. This will be a good work-out and take you on some of the best new single track. There is also more riding below this route that goes down to the college.
Thank you City of Arcata for continuing to expand and improve the trail-riding experience.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Oct 02, 2011]
wsmac
Cross Country Rider

Unless I missed something, all the other reviews are 3 years old. The forest has come a ways since then. Coming up is the "Race For The Ridge Trail", which is a lot of fun with a weekend of races for several levels including collegiate.
There has been trail work done in recent times to include Trail 15, and Trail 13 (which is still getting some renovation done to it).
Compared to Paradise Royale, for example, ACF can get a bit redundant, but it's all up to the rider to make it fun. As I see it anyway.
There are groups that have night rides as well, and those are generally a lot of fun.

Customer Service

Trails 13 & 15, 10, 19

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Paradise Royale (maybe 2hrs south), McKay Tract, Ossagon Trail Loop, Tish Tang, Carson Woods/Headwaters (out of Fortuna)

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RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Oct 26, 2008]
cjdugaw
Weekend Warrior

Lots of new single track added in the last few years. The california trail, 11.5, the new 6 and the loop at the top of 12 are all good. Check out the map:

http://www.cityofarcata.com/images/stories/arcata_community_forest_trails_map_6-9-2008.pdf

It is a beautiful setting, close to town, and has lots of gravel so the trails hold up to the winter rains. If you are in the area it is worth checking out, but not worth a long drive just to ride.

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RATING
4
VALUE
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3
[Dec 27, 2007]
spotjasper
Cross Country Rider

Get ready to climb... and steeply!

The forest had featured only fire roads; in the past all the single-track was unofficial and frequently ruined by sustainable logging. Recently local advocates have created a few miles of official trail, and cleared other paths from the massive trees that fell the past 2 winters, huzzah!

The weekends and evenings are busy, and the bottom has an awesome disc-golf course that always has a cool crowd. Visibility is often bad and speeds get out of hand fast on the steep terrain, WATCH for hikers, dogs, and horses.

Customer Service

my favorite routes spur off a logging road at the top of trail #3-
look for the tracks in the mud-

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many books recommend Prairie Creek to the north, a 20-mile loop with limited single-track, but great views on the beach.

my personal favorite trail in Humboldt is south at Humboldt Redwoods state park, in the Bull Creek area. Go up the north ridge anyway you wish (I take Pole-line to avoid mud), but come down Thornton MUT... it is the only decent legal single-track in Humboldt.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
5
[Aug 05, 2006]
Erica
Weekend Warrior

This may not be a hot destination trail ride for out-of-towners, but if you happen to be in the area with your mtb it is a great place to get in an hour or two of trail riding in a redwood forest. It's mixed fire road and single track. Yes, watch out for and be courtious to the local hikers on the main trail, but feel free to rage on the outer loops! I think its a great spot for a quick daily work-out.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Feb 10, 2006]
nakoosa
Racer

1st & only time to ride this park was last year's 12 Hours of Humboldt. I'm a big fan of redwood forest riding, and the "Feel" of Humboldt Country, and Arcata, so it was a great experience for me. I truly prefer singletrack to fire road, but the riding is so beautiful and the cardio. exchange quite adequate enough that this is truly a fine place to ride. It would be nice to know of other similar places to ride in the Ferndale to Arcata stretch. Any recommendations?

Customer Service

We started @ the grassy park, through a parking lot, right up a steep. long climb. that's about all I can say. I believe we got to taste from freshly made singletrack that was specifically made for the race -- good job guys and gals!

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Any recommendations?

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Nov 02, 2003]
Thomas Saunders
Cross Country Rider

Just reading your "hippie local hikers" statement and felt the need to reply since I live in Arcata and attend HSU. HSU is a university whose community revolves around environmental stewardship. We are proud to offer people the chance to explore this forest as well as use it for recreational purposes such as mountain biking. So be respectful, if it wasn't for us "hippies" you may have never had a place to enjoy your riding. The forest is for preservation first and recreational uses come second.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
2
[Jun 08, 1999]
Eric

Not many people and beautiful Redwoods. Mostly intermediate with some technical thrown in. Some good singletrack also.

If you're in the area, check it out...A better way to go is to drive another 45 min. north and ride Redwood Nat'l. Park.

Customer Service

The park isn't huge, so just ride every trail there is.

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A better way to go is to drive another 45 min. north and ride Redwood Nat'l. Park.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
[Feb 29, 2000]
Herb Gura

I like these trails. They are especially cool on rainy misty days. Fire roads and single track. Some good climbs and enough milage to get lost the first few times. Redwoods always make for a nice scenic ride.

Customer Service

Just follow the signs from town to Redwood Community Park.

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RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
[Aug 01, 2000]
Ben Montoya

These are unmarked trails that my buddies and I did extensive work on...Respect them. If you take the trail on the left, be prepared for a trail that is fast, not too technical(but you can make it that way with speed in the corners), and has a lot of water bars to air it out on. At the bottom, if you're carrying any speed, hit the gravel pile on the right of the road, and jump the gate to land on the down slope. Be sure to check if any cars are parked in the runout first. Ride about a hundred yards past the forestry building, and as the road curves left, bunny hop the curb, and continue down the trail. Runout is at the athletic complex on the university campus.
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If you go left at the fire gate, prepare yourself for twisty, slick, rooty, ditchy, fallen loggy, single track, with a big-ass double at the bottom that requires you traveling at roughly mach-a-loney. Keep your eyes peeled, for secret offshoots, and when looking at the map, don't be intimidated by climbs. Some of the best secrets trails require the most climbing. WAY worth it...
Ben

Customer Service

Go to Revolution cycle (a Kona shop) downtown, and get a trail map. Climb trail three to the top, take a left. When you get to the fire gate on the left, you have two options.

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SOme bitchin' DH in trinidad on the pacific lumber land. Also, Ask a bike shop guy how to get to where the Tish Tang Tangle is held every year. Good stuff. Also, there is an secret EPIC ride in Kneeland-about which I've said too much already. Ask around the shops in town, but avoid the yuppie, kook, trek shop at the bottom of town. They don't know jack.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
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