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Stevens Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.5 (30) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

This 7.7-mile out-and-back, moderately difficult trail will provide you with historical sights and spectacular views.


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7.7

Miles

12.4

KM

89%

Runnable

2,384' 727 m

High

1,253' 382 m

Low

1,275' 389 m

Up

1,276' 389 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (4°)

22%

Max Grade (13°)

Dogs Leashed

Features River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Overview

Runners will be treated to several historical sights and spectacular views of the North Fork of the American River along this out-and-back run. With easy to access from Highway 80, this scenic multi-use trail contains a depth of history that can be visited year round. Experience the singletrack toll road that stretches past seasonal waterfalls, an abandoned hard rock mine, with views of the winding American River. Time your spring visit to see a beautiful display of blooming wildflowers and interesting insects from March-May. During the warm months, expect to see gold panners along the banks.

Description

The Stevens Trail consists of singletrack trail that is decently groomed with some toe-snagging rocks to watch for. At 0.75 miles, the trail crosses a small creek; follow the trail marker right. At 1 mile, the trail splits; follow the trail and metal post pointing left. This section of trail contains some steeper sections and potential waterfalls. Keep an eye out for a side trail leading directly to the main falls.

At 1.75 miles, will be the abandoned hard rock mine that is it not recommended to explore, as some sections may be unsafe. From here, the trail has steep dropoffs and sun exposure; remember your water as the climb back out is a challenge! Cougars are present in the area along with potentially heavy growth of poison oak, so take caution when on your adventure and enjoy!

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Kristen Arendt

Trail Ratings

  4.5 from 30 votes

#1

in Colfax

#268

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  4.5 from 30 votes
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#1

in Colfax

#40

in California

#268

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Photos

exposed area with the view of the north fork American river
Nov 6, 2017 near Colfax, CA
South Fork of the American River
Sep 17, 2017 near Colfax, CA
Trail along the American river.
Nov 6, 2017 near Colfax, CA
Looking southwest toward the the Iowa Hill bridge.
Dec 16, 2016 near Colfax, CA
Stevens Trailhead - the trail starts behind sign on left.
Dec 16, 2016 near Colfax, CA
Along the American river.  The bridge is Iowa Hill Road
Nov 6, 2017 near Colfax, CA

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Jun 21, 2019
Neal Best
7.7mi — 1h 39m
Mar 17, 2019
Dallas Malone
First time! 8.4mi — 3h 46m
Mar 3, 2019
Dallas Malone
Rainy. American River crossing was a bit too treacherous today. 3.2mi
May 12, 2018
Josh Ausmus
May 25, 2017
EugeneK
8mi
May 17, 2017
EugeneK
8mi