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

My favorite local trail❣️

9 days ago

I would like to backpack this trail. I am looking for some pointers as far as where the trailhead is for this 20 mile trail and where we would be allowed to camp? Can anyone help me out?

on Scotts Flat Trail

11 days 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.

12 days 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.

22 days ago

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

23 days 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!

on Rubicon Trail

25 days ago

Amazing trails. Beautiful view

25 days 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
26 days ago

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

26 days 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.

Amazing views once you get to Rubicon and head towards Emerald Bay. Bit slippery in parts with the snow so make sure to wear appropriate shoes.

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!

1 month ago

Great trail!

Amazing. Plenty of parking on side of road. Some parts of the trail are not the safest for little kids or dogs.

1 month ago

Great hike, awesome views, can’t wait to come back again.

Beautiful hike, took the whole family 2 hours to complete but worth it. We stopped and had a picnic by the waterfall.

Lovely hike with nice views! Almost all in the shade. Easier to take Jones Bar Trail down then come back on Independence Trail. Also, this is a pretty easy trail; I wouldn’t say it’s moderate.

Nice easy hike with a lovely waterfall. You can climb down to swim by the waterfall - perfect for swimming and a life saver considering we hiked on a day where temps reached 110! Well marked trail but getting to the trailhead was difficult. No signs and all directions we found online led us to wrong places. You have to also go on an paved road for quite some time to get to trailhead.

1 month ago

Amazing! Had a little bit of everything. Water falls, covered shaded areas as well as open terrain, drops all the way down to the river bank with great lunch spots. Will definitely do this one again come summer time.

I’ve gone backpacking to the primitive site several times over the past seven years.
I did this trail most recently as just a day hike. It took me and my boyfriend a couple hours and we had an amazing time. The humbug falls looked great and I can’t wait to go back when it gets warmer and stay the night!
There is a picnic area right before you reach the primitive campground where you can enjoy a quick bite to eat. The view is pretty amazing!
There are wild flowers and moss and lots of shade.
Do not go off the trail ever. There is a lot of poison oak.
Bring lots of water, unless you are planning on going down to the river.
There is a small area about two miles from the trailhead, where I could see myself having difficulty getting up and down if I was backpacking alone.
Over the past few years, they trail has been really revamped and there are a lot of improvements that you may not have seen if you haven’t been back in a while.
Do not try and use your GPS. Follow the directions listed on the Malacoff Diggins website to get to the town.
If you use your GPS, you will have to go down an unpaved road for seven miles and it’s very confusing.
If you go in the spring of summer bring lots and lots of bug spray. This trail has lots of shade so sunscreen is advised, but you will probably survive. Bring bug spray!

Awesome trail!

It was a great hike today not much snow!

1 month ago

great views of the river 2 10 18 lady bugs still at the bottom but there are alot less than a 3 weeks ago

Great trail with amazing views. Be prepared to get your cardio on for the way back though. Definately worth every step. I can't wait to do it again.

1 month ago

Beautiful hike last Sunday, but left my Black Diamond turquoise hiking poles behind at the trailhead sign. Anyone find them?

1 month ago

amazing trail that is shaded with trees. great for photos as well

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