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Walking Humboldt Bay's dunes.

Two sandy peninsulas pinch the narrow mouth of 14-mile-long Humboldt Bay, in northwestern California. Edging the cities of Eureka and Arcata, the bay has recently seen cleanup and redevelopment projects, and gradually more shoreline access. South Spit contains one of northern California's longest unbroken duen fields, nearly 7 miles. Its rumpled landscape, punctuated with clumps of beach grass, offers secluded picnicking and, in spring, great driftwood collecting. To get there from U.S. Highway 101 south of Eureka, take the Hookton Road exit west and head all the way out on South Jetty Road.

At the end of North Spit, the 300-acre Samoa Peninsula Park has just been approved as an off-road-vehicle park, but development hinges on assistance from ORV groups. For now, you can still go out for a look; it's 4-1/2 miles southwest of downtown Eureka, at the end of New Navy Base Road off State 255.

March weather can be brisk, with temperatures ranging from 42[deg.] to 54[deg.] and about a 50 percent chance for sun.
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Title Annotation:edging the cities of Eureka and Arcata, California
Date:Mar 1, 1985
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