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hiking
13 hours ago

beautiful trail. not moderate in my opinion but that is because the elevation change. really a stretch for the return trip, all up hill

Took my second hike on this trail yesterday. Its a beautiful hike in the spring and the falls are beautiful and full. I cant wait to go back again with my good camera. Both times we took the lower falls trail in and the upper trail back. Next time I think I’ll stick to the upper trail in and out for the easiest, shadiest route. On the lower trail we got badly sunburned in April! I can only imagine the intense heat in summer.
A couple of drawbacks to this trail: Cow poop and its smell everywhere until the trail splits into three (about a mile and a half). Encountered some agressive cows on the lower trail and had to run from them. Picked up a tick, but got it off before it latched on. There were lots of people using the trail and everybody has a dog, but the dogs were well behaved and it never felt crowded.

Better signage would have been appreciated, but the hike was beautiful. Loved the sound of rushing water.

Started on the trail at 10:30am and made it back by 1:20pm. We walked slowly, made a few stops, and continued a bit past the end of the trail before we turned back. It was muddy in a few places towards the bottom, but great hike for dogs! Came across more bikers than walkers, and the weather was perfect.

9 days ago

A great hike with gorgeous views of the American River. Take a good 4 hours to enjoy it in full. lots of wild flowers along the trail.

12 days ago

Excellent hike beautiful wild flowers

hiking
14 days ago

A very beautiful and scenic hike. We stopped just after Secret Ravine as the trail tapers off along the river bed. On a lovely/mild day like today, I would still recommend wearing sunscreen, and bringing LOTS of water. As an out-and-back trail, you start high and descend down to the river, so prepare to walk pretty continuously uphill on the way back.

A nice relaxing hike. Watch out for the poison ivy.

Fun easy relaxing hike. It is very popular and we always see tons of other hikers. There are some fun little variation though so you don’t have to hike the same way out and back.

hiking
16 days ago

Great hike, went all the way to the river, had lunch and turned back. I had a later start so was hiking back in the afternoon and it was warm. Beautiful wildflowers right now, really enjoyed the views. My only slight concern was crossing the waterfall halfway through, as the water was moving pretty quickly, but the rocks were not slippery and the trail picked up right on the other side. Wonderful hike, highly recommend! (Bring water!!)

hiking
17 days ago

Great hike! I would totally go back.

Amazing views

hiking
19 days ago

We started our hike a little late (around 2pm) and got to the lake around 4pm since we made some stops along the way. Only had about 30 min to enjoy the beautiful sights down at the lake before we started losing sunlight. Not much rest, so the hike back up was a little tough.

Overall a great experience. Well-maintained trail and lightly trafficked (Friday afternoon). Parking is limited, so plan accordingly.

Definitely going to do this again and camp down at the lake overnight.

hiking
20 days ago

Fun, easy hike.

Nice trail, easy to navigate. Great for dogs !! The road getting to trail was pretty tore up ... recommend using truck or suv.

29 days ago

Took the kids over the weekend & it was gorgeous out there. Very easy to find, but a little muddy. We hid Easter eggs along the way to keep the littles engaged & have a little fun

My favorite local trail❣️

on Scotts Flat Trail

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful trail. At the end of the trail we continued on down to the waters edge. Total round trip for our group was 9 miles.

hiking
1 month ago

Scenic hike. We went on a Saturday and the trail was fairly busy. I would disagree with the hard rating, however. Moderate would be more appropriate. The hike is downhill so getting back is the only 'difficult' part.

1 month ago

My fav trail run with gorgeous views and sounds throughout entire trail! Very tough running uphill the way back but worth the challenge!

hiking
1 month ago

A gem of a hike. It's on BLM land and our dogs were stoked to be able to explore off-leash. The trailhead is right off of the 80, an easy find. The hike starts off in a forested area until the trail becomes narrow along the mountainside. It's a very steady decline to the river and was a fairly easy 9 mile loop. Beautiful views of the American River! The trail can get quite muddy and the air is chilly during the winter so come prepared!

This trail is such great and scenic. It is not strenuous or difficult. I have gone a few times now and those with whom I have trailed range in age from 13 to 45 and one was 5 months pregnant. We took our dogs, on leashes, and enjoyed a great walk. other visitors we passed were all friendly and leashed their dogs as well. The trail is clean and the bridges are well maintained. The one bridge down to the water (approx a 30 minite walk in) looks like it is in the process of being surveyed for repairs and we're looking forward to visiting once it is secured to go down to the water. There are 2 toilets at the beginning of the hike. parking is easy, provided people are courteous and park perpendicular to hwy 48 rather than paralell.
Take water and snacks and a camera!

hiking
1 month ago

If you have a fear of heights, this is not the trail for you. The majority of the trail goes along the edge of the mountain with an extremely long drop. The trail is thin and when you come up on other hikers, you have to maneuver around each other. Dogs are good on the trail though my dog gave me a couple small panic attacks when she’d loose her footing. The views were amazing !!

trail running
1 month ago

Great trail with fantastic views. It is a bit challenging in the steep sections, but very worthwhile.

hiking
1 month ago

Land owned by Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Parking is free with no hours restrictions; got there at 9:15 AM on a Saturday in February and lot was nearly full.

The Stevens Trail follows the North Fork American River a few miles east of the confluence. Though the river is larger than the Merced, it's relatively tame along this trail. Scarce rapids are broken up by lengthly and intermittent stagnant pools along the trail. There are two accessible rapids along the trail: one at mile three and the other at Secret Ravine. Short spur trails offer access to the riverbanks along the latter section of the trail.

The trail is broken up into two main sections. The first section, spanning about 1.5 miles, encompasses the area where the North Fork American River cannot be continually seen from the trail. This is mainly an uninteresting forest walk with a few small tributaries. After the waterfall at Robber's Ravine, the trail moves onto an exposed ridge around 800 feet above the visible river. A gradual descent leads to Secret Ravine, where many opt to end the hike; after the ravine, the trail briefly continues directly alongside the riverbank.

We hiked on a partly cloudy February day after a Sierra snowstorm. There was minimal snow/ice present on the trail. The waters of the North Fork American River was unbelievably clear, so much so that submerged rocks and pebbles were easily visible from hundreds of feet above. The transparency carried a turquoise/green hue, which made for remarkable scenery and great photography. I'd have to imagine the crystalline nature of the water changes drastically after a good downpour, though.

With the Sierras covered in snow, the Stevens Trail offers a welcome and non-technical alternative. Though the hike isn't as thrilling as most in the Sierras, walking on an exposed ridge livens up the hike somewhat. I'd recommend it as a half-day hike for those not wanting to snowshoe/ski.

So this trail is incredible! No more ladybugs though. Once you get to the boulders by the river, the trail continues but it’s hard to find. I wouldn’t recommend going further because like someone stated earlier there is a camp setup on the trail. The person even put their tarp on the trail to almost block it. This was a permanent setup not a few day thing. It was super sketchy and I felt very unsafe around the camp. In fact I ran back past on my way back. I have reported it to the BLM for their awareness.

Me and my family had so much fun
Beautiful hike

Beautiful waterfall! Lots of dogs on the trail. Rough road getting there, best getting there with truck, Jeep or SUV.

One of my favorite hikes! If you are stationed at Beale, go out the Grass Valley gate and you will be there within 20 minutes. We have hiked this different times of the day and it’s always been great. Remember to put the chain back on the fence when you cross into the field!

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail!

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