Tunnel Travel in Loleta
Dive beneath the earth and trek through the Old Railroad Tunnel near Loleta this year. Photographer David Wilson captured these two images yesterday and they point out a bit of the history carried within the darkness. Back in 1884, according to the North Coast Journal, the Eel River and Eureka Railroad had crews build a tunnel through Table Bluff.
Now it is a sweet and sorta secret hike that is just a little creepy.To hike to the west entrance of the tunnel, start about a half a block west of the Loleta Cheese Factory in Loleta. On the north side of Loleta Drive, west of the old Humboldt Creamery, is an empty lot with a sign labeled “Hiking Trail.” Follow that trail north and east to the tunnel under Hwy 101.
Depending on who you talk to, the trail is approximately three miles round trip. Here’s a blog post detailing the adventure one family with small children had while hiking the trail.
Remember to bring a flashlight. It’s dark!What are some of your favorite local low-cost adventures?