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hiking
26 days 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
28 days 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
29 days ago

1 month 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! :)

hiking
1 month ago

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.

backpacking
1 month ago

We backpacked in, found a nice spot to set up camp for the night, and left the next morning.

Pros:
Beautiful scenery on the way in
A fair amount of shade on the trail

Cons:
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.

2 months ago

Tough work out. Gets pretty hot so bring lots of H2O.

hiking
2 months ago

Trail was 11.5 miles to end, but beautiful!

WARNING!! Do not attempt this trail if it's 100 degrees out and you don't have water and snacks. It's a great hike, absolutely beautiful scenery but if you're not prepared you'll regret your choice. Oh and watch out for rattlesnakes!

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.

Beautiful short hike but it's a great spot to go swimming.

on Stevens Trail

2 months ago

My sister and I went on this hike and really enjoyed it. Unfortunately, we were pretty exhausted from the ups and downs and the heat, so by the time we got to robber's ravine, we decided to turn back. We'll be doing it again in the future so we can go all the way to the river. Don't miss the rock outcrop that is about 50 feet before robber's ravine. It's just off the trail to the right and the views from the rocks are stunning!

hiking
2 months ago

This was a great day hike! Just challenging enough and some great views of the river.

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

This is one of my favorite trails. Some spots are a little precarious but my 9 year old was able to manage without much difficulty. There's a really neat cave you can explore if you're brave enough. My boys had fun checking it out. We brought lunch from home and hiked off trail a bit down to the river to eat. The trail follows the river as you get farther along and we could see it clearly so there was no fear of getting lost. It was a wonderful respite from the heat. The trail is rather sunny in spots so a hat and/or sunscreen is a good idea. Eight miles is a bit too far for my 9 year old so we didn't make it all the way to the end but this trail definitely had something for everyone to enjoy.