Anyone whom lives in the Humboldt Bay region will know the Bay Trail is a high priority project, and Eureka is moving full force on completing the waterfront trail. In fact soon to be constructed non-motorized projects are happening all around us! Though our friends to the north already have a coastal trail in Crescent City. A new portion of the Crescent City coastal trail has been getting discussion recently in the Humboldt Bay region. Perhaps you listen to the Happy Trails show on KHUM radio? Well readers here requested a closer look at the new trail, and you will get that in this article, plus more. In the summer of 2015 the trail will be constructed to extend further south to South Beach.
(Click on red markers on the map for short notes about the trail location tags)
This was just a wonderful visit, and I intend to as usual share some great images with you! I drove up from Arcata, then parked at the Citizens Dock Rd. boat basin, next to the harbor. At this point I rode my bicycle to enjoy the views along the trail, and around the harbor district. If you are in the Humboldt Bay area, or passing through the Crescent City area, it is well worth a coastal trail visit!
Things to do – Lots of things to do along the coastal trail in Crescent City :
* Restaurants – seafood establishments surround the Harbor district. Both along Citizens Dock Rd. and Anchor Way. Also just across the 101 by the new section of trail, you have various food choices as well. As you go further north on the trail, signs exist to point you towards shops in town.
* Along the trail is the local chamber of commerce (always a great resource for local information), Community pool, a public library, childrens playgrounds, waterfront parks, plenty of places to put your feet in the sand or the Ocean, disc golf, B Street Pier, a Jetty, benches, picnic tables, South beach is easy to access by the harbor district(watch surfers at South Beach), and just in general unlimited enjoyment! You’ll be sure to find more as you walk/bike along the path. You can also find a skate park only a few blocks away from the trail.
From Citizens Dock Rd to Battery Point lighthouse the paved multi user trail is about 1.5 miles long (one way). So it is very enjoyable for both walks, and easy bicycle rides alike.
Harbor/boat basin images –
Learn about the Harbor district history here. In recent years the harbor was reconstructed due to being totally destroyed by a tsunami in 2011. Let’s look at some harbor, and boat basin images :
Cool bicycle racks can be found around the harbor!
Sheltered areas can be found during foul weather.
Inviting art to make you smile !
I loved viewing the seals, and sea lions around the Harbor. Learn more about that here, on good viewing sites.
Find picnic tables near auto parking at the boat basin.
Signs of partnerships –
I enjoyed the harbor before getting on the trail. Be sure to ride around Citizens Dock Rd. and Anchor Way area. Lots of enjoyable things to see!
In this image we are looking south from Anchor Way to the South Beach area –
Trail images –
The new portion of the trail can be found on Citizens Dock Rd. by the boat basin parking lot.
At the north end of the boat basin the trail heads towards Sunset Cr.
I like the lights along this portion of the trail !
Sunset Cr. access point –
Now just turn onto Sunset Cr. a quiet/short road, that will connect with more of the Coastal Trail.
Heading further north along the trail –
Along the Beachfront Park area –
Howe Drive Park –
B Street Pier –
The end of the Trail by Battery Point lighthouse –
Accessing the lighthouse is tidal dependant. So if you want to enjoy the lighthouse up close, be sure to visit during low tide!
Looking south from B Street. The trail would be to the left of the image, and the harbor can be seen in the distance.
This was a wonderful visit, on a beautiful sunny day! I would really encourage folks to take full advantage of the Crescent City portion of the Coastal Trail! A walk/bicycle ride will be a slice of heaven. Multiple places are available for auto parking if you are traveling from outside of Crescent City. So you have plenty of options on your starting point.
I’m sure Crescent City would love to have you visit. Be sure to enjoy a meal, or check out the nearby shops, that can be found very close to the trail corridor!
The Del Norte County, California Coast, in Crescent City is a great place to visit!