The Hammond Trail is a segment of the 1,200-mile California Coastal Trail, which when completed will run the length of the state, from Oregon to Mexico. Although the Hammond Trail is continuous, at times it requires travel on sidewalks, on roads (very light traffic), and across streets. Most of this trail has been built on the route of a now-defunct rail line. Between 1931 and 1956, the Hammond Railroad hauled logs and timber to the Samoa Mill near Eureka. Excellent signage throughout indicates the trail route; interpretive panels at various trailheads show distances and locations of restrooms and parking.
Trailhead: There are trailheads at Clam Beach, Mad River Bridge, Hiller Park, and the foot of Murray Road.
Length: Over 4 total miles
Typical Width: 4 ft. & aboveTrails at Hiller Park are less than three feet wide in places.
Typical Grade: Mostly level or gentleA slight cross-slope on the first several miles may bother some manual wheelchair riders. Two sections—one at Clam Beach, the other by the Mad River Bridge—are quite steep.
Terrain: HardMostly paved, except for about a half-mile near Clam Beach where it is firm-packed dirt and gravel.
DescriptionThere are several steep sections along this trail, but I managed the entire route in a motorized wheelchair, starting from its north end at Clam Beach. For the gentlest route, I suggest the 1.5-mile stretch from the Murray Road trailhead to School Road. This segment has some lovely ocean views—you'll hear the ocean, as well—and is mostly level. Clam...
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The facilities listed below meet all of our access criteria unless otherwise noted.
Accessible Parking: Yes
Accessible Restroom: Yes
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Reviewed by Bonnie Lewkowicz, April 28, 2011
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