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Wow! I've done the other side of Steven's Trail close to 15 times, but never this side. Such a blast, crazy beautiful, lots of waterfalls, dog friendly. I was the only one on the trail. The road getting there is pretty sketchy so watch out and drive slow. Penny the trail dog will follow you the whole time :)
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.
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: email@example.com.
The trail was GORGEOUS! Rigorous with amazing views! :)
My 10 year old son and I have done this trail multiple times. It's not that tough but you will be tired as its long. Climb is gradual but forgiving. Take plenty of water and stay on the train as poison oak is everywhere!
I've also hiked it with my bride and she didn't think it was that tough either.
If you go between April - June wild flowers are blooming beautifully.
We backpacked in, found a nice spot to set up camp for the night, and left the next morning.
Beautiful scenery on the way in
A fair amount of shade on the trail
At the end of Steven's Trail, near Secret Ravine, there's tons of trash. I'm going to guess it's miners who set up camp for a few days to pan for gold and then just take off and leave their garbage behind. Man this place needs to be cleaned up. We found 1 sleeping bag, 1 tent, 1 pan with lid, 1 pair of shorts, 1 jacket, 1 running shoe, some mining tools covered in rust, empty beer cans, snack wrappers, among other things.
TIps: There's no water until the end of the trail when you get to the American River. You can either haul in lots of water for the hike, or you can bring a water filter system and re-fill when you get to the river so you have something for the hike back.
Very short but sometimes sketchy hiking/climbing to get to the water but definitely worth it! Absolutely beautiful swimming spots. Watch out for itty bitty river leeches, there are tons clinging to the rocks. Parking is scarce so you may have to park on the side of the street. The road leading to this location is very rocky/bumpy so take it easy. If you know your vehicle has a hard time with varied terrain I would not suggest this trip. Otherwise, it's lovely.