I asked local runners to offer a favorite course in Humboldt County and got a number of responses. Course maps and some instructions are located on this page. They are continued on the next page. The runs begin in Southern Humboldt and end in Northern Humboldt
My Favorite Runs
(Sing to the tune of My Favorite Things)
Raindrops on noses
Cold mornings with mittens
Bright smiling faces
To join is a pittance
Always a friend who is ready to run
Six Rivers Running Club you are so fun
Forest trails are rad
I simply can’t pick out one favorite run
There’s so many to be had
Out of my driveway
The road it is gravel
Take the next right “at your own risk to travel”
Up the steep hillside with canyons of ferns
Oh how my calves, gluts and hamstrings do burn
Down to the valley
There’re green open spaces
Horses and cows graze with sweet content faces
Back to my own road with one mile to go
Come on and push it don’t want to look slow
Next run’s a road run
The trestle’s above you
Then out to West End the Mad River in view
Though it is lovely the cars do drive fast
How I do wish Rails to Trails comes to pass
Patrick Point’s Run
And then there’s the Hour
The Fourth of July where I love to dress up
At Atalanta you’ll get a flower
This is one of my favorite trails in Richardson Grove Campground. It is the Overlook/Durphy Creek Loop. I hiked rather than ran it, it is nearly all rugged barely maintained trails with a respectable elevation gain.It might be a trail other run club members might be interested in. Perfect for Grasshopper Run trainin
The Avenue of the Giants is a fairly long drive for a run, but is one of the nicest running locations anywhere. There are trails in many locations, and the road makes a nice run.
Lanore says this is a combination of all her favorite routes in Fortuna. That's good, because this is a 27.1 mile route that Lanore did in just under 5 hours one day. Fortuna is a great place to run so feel free to break this up into smaller sections.
This a small park, but has a challenging forest run. It will take a couple of loops to get four miles, but it is a pretty run. There will be people on the trails. It is located on the east side of Main Street.
This is also a small park and very hilly, but also a pretty run. There are always people here, but some of the trails can be fairly clear. It is next to the zoo.
Start at Country Club Market. Run up Humboldt Hill Road to Kipling. Rt on Kipling, rt on Bret Harte Lane, lt on Burns. Take Burns to the end. Take short trail to Irving. Run down Irving, lt on Burns, rt on London. From London, go lt on Parkwood, lt down H Hill. Go lt on Stanford, rt on Purdue, rt on Broadway to start
The Headwaters Forest is one of the nicest runs in our area and is close to Eureka. Follow Elk River Road to the parking lot for the Headwaters Forest Reserve.
The people (0) were outnumbered by the bobcats (1) on the way out, and the forget-me-nots were in full bloom. This is not a trail for a P.R.
Jim Child's favorite course starts and finishes at HealthSport in Eureka. He says he usually swims a half mile in the pool prior to the run which makes it a good workout.
Not being a fan of out-n-backs, I like this loop., There is extremely little cross-traffic even though it is all along city streets. Starting at the Zoo, head south through Cutten easing right at the Campton corner. Run down to Fern, Climb to H, East on Hodgson, Right on W, 4.25 miles.
Amy Taylor and her family began their run at the Herrick Avenue Park and Ride and ran the Hikshari Trail. Her family turned around and she continued to Del Norte Street, a total of 5.26 miles. Obviously, she had a good run.
This is another beautiful sunny day run. It begins at the end of Truesdale Ave. by Shamus T Bones. The run follows the Humboldt Bay to Elk River. However, you can also run north on the Eureka Waterfront Trail.
Christina Howatt picked a 5K course in the Henderson Area.
Stina, Crystal, Arianna and Patrick-Ross thought you might like to try the Waterfront Trail north of the Adorni Center. It's a flat beautiful run on a sunny day. Starting at the dock and run to Tydd Street and back is very close to a 5K. It is a spectacular run on a sunny day.
The McKay Tract has a lot of running room. You can access the trails from Harris Street near Redwood Acres.
Dave runs this Arcata Community Forest run from his house, so you may wish to find your own starting point. The run is just over 11 miles with some pretty tough climbs, but it is a rewarding run.
Lavender and I did the old 4th of July course. This is one of my favorite trails because of the ever changing scenery and the variations in the tidal levels. When Lavender and I did on April 24th, the tide was completely out and all the variations in the mud flats were exposed, a flat course good for my age group.
Richard Engel suggested this course. He recommends doing the loop in the direction shown, as doing it the other way would make for some slippery downhill on the single-track section of the South Fork Janes Creek trail, under current rainy season conditions. 4.16 Miles.