Elk River Hikshari’ Trail, City of Eureka

Project Dates: 
2011 to 2013

Project Leads

Kevin Wright
Funding Organizations: 
California State Coastal Conservancy
California Resources Agency's River Parkways Program
Cooperating Agencies: 
City of Eureka
LACO and Associates
California Conservation Corps
Alves Inc
Figas Construction
Hooven & Co.
Humboldt Trails Council

The Elk River Hikshari’ Trail (Hikshari’ is the Wiyot place name for this area) is a multiple-use, paved trail that runs between Truesdale Avenue (just south of the Bayshore Mall) 1.5 miles south to the Pound Road Park & Ride lot, off the Herrick Avenue and Highway 101 interchange.  Four parking areas and trailheads were enhanced at the following locations: Truesdale Vista Point, Hilfiker Lane (with primitive boat ramp), Hilfiker Lane at the Elk River Wildlife Sanctuary, and Pound Road Park & Ride.  Informational kiosks with map information were installed at each access area, in addition to benches, picnic tables and interpretive signage highlighting the area’s natural and cultural history.  NRS collaborated with Redwood Artists Association in the development of a special ‘local art’ panel at the Elk River Wildlife Sanctuary trailhead. This panel features artwork from five artists, works inspired by the area and elements of the watershed. Artist John King designed the concrete structures (thematic entryway signs, benches and kiosks) and artist Gary Bloomfield illustrated the interpretive panels. Wayfinding signage (indicating ‘Eureka Waterfront Trail’) along Highway 101 through Eureka and access streets were also installed.