Northeast of Eureka and Forks of Salmon, the Forks Loop is an aggressive 40 mile trek. The hike begins with a long, tough pull to the 4,400 foot elevation, then swings out to the north on FS 39N27. it passes below the Blue Ridge Lookout as it contours through the mountains, finally dropping down to the old mining town of Sawyers Bar. The first few miles of this route are through lands burned by the wildfires of 1987. Numerous vista spots offer views of the Salmon-Trinity Alps off the south. Later in the ride, youll pass through near-virgin stands of old growth Douglas Fir. From Sawyers Bar, the route concludes with a 14 mile run on the lightly-traveled paved road back to Forks. You ll constantly be within sight and sound of the beautiful North Fork of the Salmon Wild and Scenic River. There are many variations on this hike and numerous side roads to explore. The difficult initial climb is easily shuttled, thus gaining altitude and opening up a choice of many different rides around the Blue Ridge area.
To reach the trailhead from Eureka, follow US101 north to Arcata. Pick up SR299 east and proceed to SR 96. Head north on SR96.The Forks of the Salmon is approximately 40 miles from Etna, or 18 miles up the Salmon River from Somes Bar.
Overall, Forks Blue-Ridge-Sawyers Bar Loop is the 21st most popular walking & backpacking of all 88 hiking in California.