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Ma-le'l Dunes National Landmark

Ma-le'l Dunes National Landmark

The 160-acre Ma-e'l Dunes gained National Landmark status in 2021, and showcases a coastal landscape that includes forests, salt marshes, sand dunes and beaches. It is the most pristine remaining dune systems in the Pacific Northwest, and includes a diverse array of native vegetation and several species of rare flora. The site is very scenic and affords the public an inspiring view of a natural coastal ecosystem that was once common along the western coast. Ma-le'l is a Wiyot ancestral place name.

The northern portion of Ma-le'l is part of Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge (HBNWR). Trail access is limited pedestrians only. Access to the northern parking lot is limited in order to provide visitors with more of a “wilderness” experience; it is open Friday-Monday. Visitors can access the area by walking or biking from the South Trailhead parking area.

The southern portion of Ma-le'l, managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) allows for dog walking and equestrian use on designated trails only. Always protect natural and cultural resources by observing visitor guidelines. Motorized vehicles and camping are not allowed, and the area is open from sunrise until one hour after sunset.
WHERE: The Ma-le'l Dune Unit is located south of Lanphere Dunes at the upper end of the North Spit of Humboldt Bay, west of Mad River Slough. Take Young Rd off of Hwy 255 in the northern part of Manila and follow signs.
MORE INFO: Bureau of Land Management, Arcata Field Office, 825-2300, or Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge, 822-6378 or 733-5406,

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