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My favorite local trail❣️

Outstanding day. Started with a slow walk up the north end. Once on the ridge it was on. Like riding a dirt bike on a mountain side. Get off your but and do it. Push your self. Get out of your comfort zone.

Did the full loop and it was a beautiful hike. I love how you can take the side trails that branch off the the main legacy trail. Just beware of all the horse poop!

7 days ago

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

Went early on Sunday morning, 3/4. Take the unmarked trail to the left of the trailhead sign to go directly to Castle Rock. Didn't seem worth it to me, but to each their own. Some snow on the ground from yesterday's storm, with the sun melting snow in the trees. Wasn't expecting rain! Once I got to the falls I didn't need my raincoat. Despite the rain from yesterday, the falls were just more than a dribble. Nice hike on the Saratoga Gap side, but the Ridge trail gave much better views. It was more difficult with roots, steeper climbs, and boulders/rocks on the path, but worth it. Took me 3.5 hours with a lunch break. Nice area just west of Goat Rock to have a picnic. I hope to come back one day to do the Skyline to the Sea hike. Love having a wooded trail this close to home!

10 days ago

FAVORITE. Surely breathtaking views! It’s an easy trail, but let’s just enjoy the views.

11 days ago

Very beautiful hike. Had a great time. Wish we had brought footwear for fording, had to take off shoes a lot. I think the hard rating is probably a bit off, more of a moderate hike. There is some elevation gain, but it is on a fire road, so footing is solid and the grade is not too bad. Certainly give yourself enough time to complete, took us all afternoon due to having to change in and out of footwear frequently.

Lots of newts and wildflowers. Also saw a king snake sunning itself.

We loved this hike! We started across the street from the parking lot went up dipsea then through Matt Davis, it would be easier on the knees if you started Matt Davis then went down hill through dipsea part. This hike had everything .. flowers, tons of greenery, redwoods, beach views and my favorite waterfalls! The ladder is a cool touch too! It is wet and you prob will get muddy! Thankfully we did end up downloading the map because we accidentally veered off the hike and it added an extra hour to our hike but all in good fun! We went on a Sunday, started around 11 am and there wasn’t too many people!

Beautiful trail, with a few rocks to casually climb and get hidden gorgeous views:)
Trail itself is well maintained.

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Many ups and downs. Great mountain views. Fun to watch rock climbing and bouldering.

17 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!

I've hiked this trail countless times!! It's a good hike to get your heart pumping, but it can get crowded when the weather is nice. bring water and dress accordingly because there is no shade when your on the ridge.

18 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!

trail running
19 days ago

One of the funniest trails I have explored thus far. Plenty of Tule Elk as advertised and a plethora of wildlife to see!

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!

19 days ago

Good hike, not enough shade. Wouldn’t do it in the summer time, made that mistake and had to turn back. Overall it was great and so close to home!

I did it clockwise as well. Some of those stairs are quite steep and I’m glad we went up them and not down them. None of the reviews thus far have mentioned the copious amounts of poison oak. It is truly everywhere on this trail. I wouldn’t bring a dog for that reason alone, unless you’re not allergic. Beautiful views and wildflowers. Start early for best weather and to avoid crowds.

20 days ago

Start early and beat the heat, bring water and sunscreen - there isn’t any shade on this trail. It’s beautiful and worth every bit of effort. It seems like most people go counterclockwise, but I suggest the opposite. The “up” is more gradual and if you go clockwise, the sweet views will always be in front of you.

Saw some waterfalls. Not very hot at all, and not crowded. Nice people everywhere. The redwood trees are gorgeous.

Wet nice spot to hike, the views are incredible at some points, there is a look out deck about 2 miles in, and if u go a little further, there’s a huge rock on the edge of the cliff if ur brave enough to climb and sit and take an amazing photo..definitely would return here.

20 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 !!

Great hike. We started from the top and left the hardest part for last. The scenery is amazing, especially in the clearing where you get to see the ocean. Got lost on the way back up and ended up taking a goat trail rather, which was very strenuous.

trail running
20 days ago

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

One of the best trials i took in the recent past... thanks to Alltrails..
Lots of water streams and waterfalls... crystal clear water and spectacular sea view :)

Great hike for dogs!

21 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.

21 days ago

Weather wise it was a perfect day. A little breeze kept us cool. It took us about 3 1/2 hours to do the loop. However we stopped a lot to take in the views. We stopped in Green River Brewery and Tap Room to add a cherry to the top of this excellent day.

Great hike!

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