Stevens Trail is a 9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Colfax, California that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 9.0 miles Elevation Gain: 1,735 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

cave

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

no shade

Stevens Trail is very scenic and rich in history - it is also on the National Register of Historic places. Built by Truman Allen Stevens it was used as a toll road for miners that needed to get from the mining town of Iowa Hill to the railroad town of Colfax. The trail was forgotten but then rediscovered in 1969 by a boy scout, Eric Kiel, and re-charted as part of his scouting project. Today it is maintained by the Bureau of Land Management. Please do not attempt in extreme heat and be wary of the hot ground on your dog's paws. Bring water.

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bugs
muddy
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rocky
1 day ago

Great scenic trail. Nice change of scenery throughout the trail. Recommend getting here early to beat the heat. Be careful on some parts of the trail as it gets a little narrow and steep. Would not bring kids. Also, bring bug spray and sunscreen. Some spots are no shade, others are shaded. Most incline areas will be on your way back so be prepared to work a little.

hiking
1 day ago

Tough trail with great views. Don’t underestimate the way back however you should be fine. Towards the end of the trail there are a few disconnects however once you get to the river and you stay left on the rocks you should find your way back up the trail.

hiking
rocky
1 day ago

hiking
1 day ago

I hate going uphill on the way back on hikes but this one was worth it. The water at the end was freezing but felt great. I wouldn’t bring young kids or dogs, a long part of the trail is walking the side of the canyon with very little/no room to move over. Bring more water than needed!

hiking
no shade
3 days ago

The streams and brooks heading down the trail are so peaceful to hear and photograph. Reaching the river at the bottom was amazing. The cold water is so refreshing! Prepare to have a challenging climb back up. This hike motivated me to get hiking shoes, there are mossy and slippery areas before reaching the unshaded portions of the hike. Definitely a great outdoor workout!

mountain biking
over grown
3 days ago

Secret Loop. Hit every trail this time.

hiking
3 days ago

Very beautiful views , off the trail a beautiful waterfall had 3 little pool areas it's incredible we had great time and soak in water on hot day , trail is tough on the way back , take a lot water and food with you . Its a great workout with amazing views .

hiking
3 days ago

This is a spectacular trail, lots a variable grades, waterfalls, rock climbing, amazing canyon and crystal clear rushing river. The trail is cut into the side of the canyon, important to have plenty of water and take your time, no forgiveness on the cliffs edge. Uphill on the way out is tough but worth it. Great workout.

hiking
bugs
rocky
washed out
4 days ago

I would recommend this trail. Has beautiful views for great pictures. I also recommend hiking shoes, lots of water, food and no children.

hiking
4 days ago

Lovely hike, took a dip in the cold river. Bring more water than you think you need. I Would not do the last 1/2 mile in future as it’s a bit difficult, with all the trail erosion, especially with dogs. I came home with lots of mosquito bites and pulled a couple ticks off the dogs.

hiking
bugs
muddy
5 days ago

hiking
no shade
over grown
rocky
scramble
washed out
5 days ago

Great trail - very exposed to the sun with very little shade. Pack water and then double it or bring a water filter. We kept going after the rocky sand beach and parts of the trail had been washed out - we had to scramble / pass the dogs up big boulders. I would say that was the hardest part - other than that it was a pleasantly strenuous hike. Our dogs enjoyed it a lot!

hiking
5 days ago

Beautiful trail! Probably my new favorite in the area. Definitely wear proper hiking shoes. I took my dog and he did great the entire hike. If you are taking a dog PLEASE keep them on a leash. I know areas get steep and the path is narrow but my dog got attacked by another dog because it was off its leash and not handled properly by it’s owner. Terrible situation to be in on the side of a mountain.

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rocky
5 days ago

Let me tell you this trail is easy to go down but when you come back up be prepared because the incline was no joke & its some what hard for me and my kids. But other then that there shades and the scenery is so beautiful!!!

hiking
bugs
no shade
over grown
rocky
6 days ago

Fun trail, first part is shaded but the rest is no shade especially in the afternoon. It’s downhill all the way to the river and the trail does continue past the river. It looks like it is eroded but you have to climb on the rocks to get over. The last half mile of the trail is difficult and the ground can be u stable so watch your step . It is also muddy with streams going through . There is poison oak on the trail so be careful. I don’t recommend taking kids the walk back up is steep and it is long and no shade . Bring water , a hat , trail shoes, just be prepared .

hiking
bugs
no shade
over grown
rocky
6 days ago

Great trail ! Would def do again. Def recommend bringing water, a hat and snacks for energy. The beginning had lots of shade and declined until you get to a straight walk with no shade til you get to the water. If you’re planning to continue the trail past the water I suggest hiking shoes for the traction. The trail after the water spot looks a little overgrown, lots of climbing.. VERY narrow. Some parts even cut off the trail and you have to climb/hop over gaps to continue the trail. Great challenge for sure. Soil is not all solid so please be careful. Lots of poison ivy, one of us picked up a tick along the way.

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