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Stevens Trail

MODERATE 157 reviews
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Stevens Trail is a 8.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Colfax, CA 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.

8.6 miles 3143 feet Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

mountain biking

trail running

walking

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.


11 days ago

hiking


15 days ago

hiking


15 days ago

Great hike. It was our first hike ever. The hike down was wonderful. We were excited about how easy it was going downhill, discovering caves, having incredible views, picked some blackberries and when we got down to the river, we ate lunch and swam for about an hour. The water was so clear and refreshing and the views were amazing.

The way back up was a different story. It was hot, uphill and very exhausting. We had to stop a lot to catch our breath and cool off. We underestimated our water supply too so if you decide to hike down and hike back up, bring PLENTY of water.

If we do this trail again, we will hike down and intertube or float down the river to Iowa (I think that's the name) bridge and drive back up to Stevens trail parking ( will have to take two cars)

Great trail, great hike down, great swimming spot, exhausting hiking back up.


21 days ago

backpacking

Great trail! Backpacked down to the river and pitched a tent. Water is crystal clear with bed rock everywhere. Gorgeous views from all around! Would highly recommend.


24 days ago

hiking

Really beautiful and great to get away from everything. The way down to the river is mainly downhill and not too difficult. However the way back is uphill so plan and take your time. Great views along the trail and cliff.


1 month ago

hiking

+ Gets away from road noise almost immediately
+ Beautiful swimming spots all along the trail, very bendy so can find privacy even when busy
+ Very shaded throughout large sections of the trail
+ Trail runs a couple hundred feet above river affording great views

- Difficult to get down to river in many spots
- If you have kids/pets the trail does have a very steep drop off

Trailhead is downhill on the way in, uphill on the way back, but didn't find the uphill too challenging. Easier side of moderate.


1 month ago

The hike was challenging with multiple uphill climbs near the end when you're exhausted. The water was cool and beautiful, it was crystal clear blue water! If you're exhausted stop in the cave, it feels 20 degrees cooler inside. Over all the hike was challenging and well marked, fun, and there was plenty to see. But do be careful of the cliffs! Some parts are dangerous and if you lose your footing you will fall off the narrow passage and it's a high fall.


1 month ago

hiking

Great trail...
lots to see. The walk back is 90% up hill so prepare for a difficult hike back to your car.


1 month ago


1 month ago


1 month ago

hiking

Absolutely beautiful and the views are amazing! Great for swimming on a hot day, and not a crowded trail at all. Only ran into 3 people. Tiring on the way back up as it is all uphill, but definitely worth it. Bring lots of water!


1 month ago

Loved this hike! Beautiful views of the American river along the trail. A very tiring trek, but well worth it. Definitely bring lots of water and watch out for poison oak!


1 month ago

lost flute on trail! hey fellow hikers I losted my dead dads native american flute and leather case on the trail yesterday on the 3rd of July. went down to play for him as it was our favorite hike. If anyone found it I would really be greatful to back. if found please call mobile 9163030316 landline 9167822038. thank you and 50 dollar reward if found!


1 month ago

hiking

Great trail with awesome views. The river felt great and cooled us for part of the hike back. About half way is a runoff creek we dipped hats and shirts in to keep us cool. Take lots of water 2.5 L per person. Nice breeze and enough shade. Will definitely do this one again at another time of year.


2 months ago

hiking


2 months ago

hiking

medium hiking trail. great view and amazing water!


2 months ago

hiking

This was a beautiful hike!


2 months ago

It was amazing! So much to see! So many flowers! The view is to die for and if you make it to the end there is such a beautiful surprise! The river is so beautiful! Totally worth the hike!


2 months ago

Great views. The route back was an intense, uphill battle. So many different things to see. Well worth it!


2 months ago

hiking

Definitey one of the best views.