The City of Fort Bragg celebrated the soft opening of the Noyo Headlands Park and the Coastal Trail (Phase 1), reopening access to Glass Beach after several months of limited use. The new trail is accessible from the parking area at the end of Elm Street, and is available for walking, skating, biking and on-leash pets.
While the areas immediately adjacent to the new trail are still restricted, you can walk all the way from the Pudding Creek trestle to Otsuchi Point, overlooking Soldier Bay. Habitat restoration is still being completed on the sensitive bluff tops, so visitors should remain on the paved sections of the trail until otherwise indicated.
The trail also provides access to the northernmost coves of the Glass Beach complex, previously only accessible via kayak or at very low tides. Visitors are cautioned to remain on the trail, and to navigate the beach steps carefully, as the recent construction has not had adequate time to settle. Additional safety features, such as handrails, will be installed as the build-out of trail amenities continues.
Visitors can also enjoy the new interpretive panels that tell the history of the mill site and of Fort Bragg’s logging past. The mill site owners still retain a large portion of the land east of the trail, which is undergoing environmental remediation required prior to sale or development. Please do not trespass or enter fenced-in areas.
For a video tour of the new Coastal Trail (thanks to Mendocino TV), click HERE.
Plans continue for Phase II of the project, which will link Phase I with the Pomo Bluffs access and park at the south end of Fort Bragg. For more information, check the progress on the City website HERE.
Here is a Coastal Trail Brochure Map.
Photos courtesy of KOZT-The Coast and the City of Fort Bragg.