The Arcata Rail with Trail is a unique opportunity to develop a trail that shares right of way with a historic rail line located in Humboldt County in Northern California.
Working for the City of Arcata, Alta worked with the local rail operator and owner to develop a trail design and management plan that will allow the trail and railroad to co-exist. The proposed trail begins in the City of Arcata and ends along Humboldt Bay south of the City. Significant challenges to the project included a number of water and wetland crossings that will be necessary to design and permit and providing designs to allow users to cross roads and the railroad tracks in a safe manner. Once constructed, the residents of California’s North Coast will have a regional trail that interfaces with the City and the natural beauty of Humboldt Bay.