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Arcata Community Forest

Average Rating:    (3.56 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 16

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.
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Latitude
40.88016501590686
Longitude
-124.0601921081543
Trail Directions
11th St. E. to Redwood Park sign. Turn r. (away from Redwood Park) Make next l. Park about a half-3\4 miles up, at a dirt pull out next to a gate across the spur road.
Trail Length
loops can be little or lots of miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Arcata
   


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Review Date
September 30, 2013

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: arrowsun ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
The above mtbr description is woefully outdated.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.

Recommended Route:
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.



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Review Date
October 2, 2011

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: wsmac ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
Trails 13 & 15, 10, 19

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Paradise Royale (maybe 2hrs south), McKay Tract, Ossagon Trail Loop, Tish Tang, Carson Woods/Headwaters (out of Fortuna)



Comments
fatstevie (06/24/2012)
^^^what he said. ACF has gotten imminently more fun in the past few years. the local bike club (Bigfoot Bicycle Club) along with the city of Arcata have cut a lot of nice new singletrack trails (11.5, 6, 13, etc).
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Review Date
October 26, 2008

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: cjdugaw ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
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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Review Date
December 27, 2007

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: spotjasper ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
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.

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

Other recommended trails in the same area:
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.



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Review Date
February 10, 2006

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: nakoosa ,  Racer

Summary:
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?

Recommended Route:
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!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Any recommendations?



Comments
TwoWheelinTim (10/24/2009)
Regarding other area ride recommendations: Sorry, that's it for the immediate Humboldt Bay area as far as legal trails go. There are plenty of "other" trails, but it's probably not a good idea to publish them here.

Outside of the area there are several projects in the works. Paradise Royale, the new mountain biker's playground in King Range National Conservation Area is a couple hour drive to the south. To the east there is a new BLM project in the works at Lacks Creek. A bit farther to the east is Tish Tang just outside of Willow Creek. Two hours drive to the east is the Weaverville Basin Trails System, and another hour past that is Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, both of which have a vast array of awesome trails.
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