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BACKPACKER MAG: Humboldt ranks 16 in Best Cities

Backpacker Magazine ranks the Eureka-Arcata-Fortuna area as one of the top 25 places that “offer the ideal mix of accessible trails, inspiring teachers, and great recreational resources.”


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backpacker-eka-bestHumboldt ranked 16 out of 25.  Perhaps next time we could rank higher by, for example, connecting Arcata and Eureka with a trail around Humboldt Bay.

  1. Anonymous
    July 6, 2009 at 10:06 am

    Great for backpackers. They don’t have to live here.

  2. Anonymous
    July 6, 2009 at 10:09 am

    Neither do you.

  3. July 6, 2009 at 10:14 am

    living under a bridge or in a car must count

  4. Emerald Hexagon
    July 6, 2009 at 10:24 am

    Good grief!! Can you imagine a city council meeting in Eureka-Arcata-Fortuna, CA?

  5. Ed
    July 6, 2009 at 10:28 am

    There’s nothing like hoisting everything you need on your back and carrying it up a mountain. It’s great to get away from all those people who put everything they need into shopping carts and push them around town.

  6. Anonymous
    July 6, 2009 at 10:34 am

    No surprise McKinleyville is missing. Nice Hammond trail… almost non-existent bike lanes on most major roadways off Central, and tiny sidewalks where they do exist.

  7. neomoderate
    July 6, 2009 at 10:37 am

    10:09 wins the award for “response of the day”. True words.

    If you actually like to do stuff, a wide variety of stuff, then there are few better places to live. If we can turn this into a great place to play, young, vibrant and talented people will want to come live here, and they will bring business with them. If we don’t, we fail to utilize our greatest asset and we become another retirement community.

  8. Anonymous
    July 6, 2009 at 11:38 am

    No they want. You folks hate business. You only approve of dope growers. And who the hell wants to hike around a grow? They occur with frequency on public lands you know.

  9. Steven
    July 6, 2009 at 1:07 pm

    Backpacker Mag’s metric for best places to raise an outdoor kid seems to be linked to variety and quality of outdoor recreational destinations within reasonable driving distance.

    But … healthy strong kids probably benefit even more from safe accessible trails and parks that they can get to from home by walking or biking, as mom and dad won’t always be there to drive them. I don’t know that Arcata/Eureka/Fortuna is much better than a lot of other communities in the US in that regard.

  10. TimH
    July 6, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    non-existent bike lanes on most major roadways off Central, and tiny sidewalks where they do exist.

    Please. In addition to the Hammond Trail, we have the Mid-Town Corridor, which goes from near the high school to Railroad. If or when Pierson’s develop their property, that have stated they will provide a path through the property. There are bike lanes all over the place. The sidewalks are standard 5′ walks. Give me a break. It is possible to ride a bike or push a baby carriage all over McKinleyville without getting into traffic.

  11. Humred
    July 6, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    Do not confuse the anons with reality. How about the park and recreation facilities developed and built during Markings tenure on the MCSD. Hiller Sports Center was contributed to by the whole community and is truly a peoples park. If you don’t like McK town, leave or work to improve it. There will also be bike access and trails through the new development above the golf course.

  12. Anonymous
    July 6, 2009 at 11:27 pm

    Eureka and Arcata are quite walkable, Arcata is also very bikable, and McKinleyville is coming along–not there yet, but getting better. Needs sidewalks on the major roads, not just in the new subdivisions. Also needs places to walk to (jobs, shopping, etc.).

  13. Anonymous
    July 6, 2009 at 11:29 pm

    funny how HumRed is reality, where as anons are not! is that because everyone knows HumRed is Bill Wennerholm of the McK Community Services District? How’s that disc golf course coming along, Bill?

  14. Anonamoose
    July 6, 2009 at 11:55 pm

    I’ve just found this blog in the last few weeks and have found it to be very informative about local news after being very disappointed in the local “newspaper”? Thanks Heraldo. I guess I just don’t understand all the negativity about a positive story.

  15. unanonymous
    July 7, 2009 at 10:11 am

    before we start on a trail between the cities, maybe we oughta build and maintain so its safe to use the many undeveloped trails along the bay in Eureka.

  16. Earnest Dodge
    July 7, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    Don’t get yet feathers all aruffled. They only used the term “Eureka-Arcata-Fortuna area” because it is one of the 578 micropolitan areas in the country. Neat, huh!

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