Best Trails near Colfax, California

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on Yankee Jim's-Indian Creek...
4 days ago

hiking

Tough to find the trail head. Spent 30 minutes trying to figure it out. Used the directions by the some previous reviews which was more helpful. Once it was found trail is pretty self explanatory. It's narrow and some precarious parts but otherwise a good hike along the river.

on Bear River to Bear Falls ...
7 days ago

hiking

We didn't read negative reviews till we got here. Probably a good thing, or we would have skipped this place. Turns out it was really nice. Drove to very end of camp ground and campers pointed us toward trail head at rear of last camp site. Lots of shade along the trail. Ripe blackberries to pick the whole way. Delicious! Upper trail has many cutoffs to reach river. About halfway, upper trail ends at a washout near a really big rock. Had to back track a bit and continue on riverside trail to the falls. Then we actually passed the falls by accident. I thought trail ended at falls, so kept hiking as long as there was trail. Phone was low on power so had turned off trails app. When trail ended in blackberry briar with no falls in sight, I turned phone back on to check. We had passed falls and hadn't noticed. We back tracked to a small creek we had crossed. Discovered small pool and falls a short distance up the creek but off the trail. My hikers were ages 11, 14, 44, and 69. And a senior Jack Russell mix terrier. We all had a great time. Hiked from 11am-3pm with stops at falls and riverside to teach kids to fly cast. Saw deer, birds, gold pan hopefuls, beautiful white quartz rock, lizards and possibly a rabbit. Tips for this hike: bring a container to pick extra berries (at least if you come toward middle of August, like us). Hiking stick was helpful at a couple steep spots. A few muddy spots along trail so don't wear your best new shoes! We were glad we had bug spray too. Sun protection needed on a couple of wide open sunny parts. Happy hiking! Don't forget to bring water. We each drank a whole bottle and wished we had another.

on Stevens Trail (East)
8 days ago

it is a fantastic trail for humans and dogs.

on Stevens Trail
9 days ago

hiking

on Stevens Trail
13 days ago

hiking

on Stevens Trail
13 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.

on Stevens Trail
19 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.

on Stevens Trail
21 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.

on Stevens Trail
29 days 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.

on Stevens Trail (East)
29 days ago

hiking

Went on a day when it was 105*. The trail is not too steep. We arrived at the river and swam for a while before heading up hill around 1:00. We arrived back at the car in about the same time it took to get down.

on Stevens Trail
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.

on Stevens Trail
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.

on Stevens Trail
1 month ago

on Stevens Trail
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!

on Stevens Trail
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!

on Stevens Trail
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!

on Stevens Trail
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.

on Windy Point Trail
1 month ago

hiking

In the summer it's terribly hot and brown. A couple good views but none of the wildflowers or grass to make it worth it

on Stevens Trail
2 months ago

hiking