Stevens Trail

MODERATE 262 reviews
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Stevens Trail is a 7.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Colfax, California that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

7.1 miles 2896 feet Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Stevens Trail is very scenic, rich in history and is on the National Register of Historic places. Built by Truman Allen Stevens it was used as a toll road for miners that needed to get from the mining town of Iowa Hill to the railroad town of Colfax. The trail was forgotten but then rediscovered in 1969 but a boy scout, Eric Kiel, and re-charted as part of his scouting project. Today it is maintained by the Bureau of Land Management.

hiking
1 day ago

Great trail. I did this last weekend. It is well marked and has a good size parking lot. There are some really good look outs over the river. Around the 1.5-2 mile mark there is a split in the trail. If you go straight there is a fairly difficult stream crossing. Its short but if you slip its a good 20 foot fall. With all the rain we have had it was really flowing. I would suggest taking the lower path to the right. They both meet back up in about 0.25. In the last mile there are some small cut off that let you walk down to the water. Over all great trail

11 days ago

Great trail! Beautiful scenery, winding along the American River. Well worth it :-)

hiking
13 days ago

This hike was AWESOME! Definitely not for someone who isn't in shape the hike back up is deceptively hard. Also the water is very high right now and crossing the waterfall is not safe for elderly/children! Lots of butterflies and blue sky!

hiking
15 days ago

Beautiful! The waterfalls were to dangerous to cross to complete the trail.

hiking
21 days ago

Moderate difficulty. Varied terrain which was nice. A few small water crossings. Easy to find the trailhead. Gorgeous views

hiking
22 days ago

Narrow trail at some spots but a GREAT workout as well as amazing views and water passages

26 days ago

Great hike. Beautiful views. Narrow passages on steep cliff edges were scary at times.

hiking
29 days ago

29 days ago

Great hike. I love the river views.

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hiking
1 month ago

We hike in every December (before any low snow), to see the bizzillions of lady bugs nesting in the foliage at the trails end. That's right, the red ground cover is alive!

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hiking
3 months ago

Hiked with my 12 yr old. Long trail, lots of full sun. Cliff-side at times. Rough and rugged, with rocks to climb over, small spaces to squeeze through. But once we got to the water, it made up for it. Beautiful destination. My son's most difficult hike, but also one of his favorites. Bring lots of water and snacks.

hiking
3 months ago

Excellent hike. About 4.5 miles to get to the river. Lot's of creeks, water, wildlife, peaceful & not too busy. Plenty of parking when I got there. Excellent views from the top. Highly recommended 5/5 - Moderate difficulty.

hiking
3 months ago

3 months ago

UPDATE! I went back to the trail and found a note that someone had found my keys so I have them now! While I was out there I ran into Julie and Rob who saw my message below and reached out to the note writer/key finder to give them my info. Thank you so much, Julie! A nice community here on All Trails!

I lost my only car keys on the trail (towed my car)! Wednesday, November 2nd.
If found, please let me know: stacitye@gmail.com.
The trail was GORGEOUS! Rigorous with amazing views! :)

3 months ago