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6 days ago

hiking
6 days ago

hiking
8 days ago

A good hike overall. Half the trial is shaded so bring a hat on sunny day. Trail can be a little tricky as there is 4 other trails leading off of the main. Be sure to visit the river at mile 3.

hiking
9 days ago

birding
10 days ago

Pretty hard to find. The actual trail head is actually behind the Market in Iowa Hills. The first 23,00 feet are unkept by the BLM, which makes it difficult to hike on. ALOT of Poison Oak, even on the parts that are "kept up". A lot of overgrowth, there are a couple of good views, and you do walk over a little natural creek/waterfall. Bring bug repellent, I made the mistake of forgetting mine and unfortunately got eaten alive by mosquitos. ☹️ Overall, decent hike, a good workout on the way back up, but would not go again due to the amount of Posion Oak and overgrowth.

hiking
12 days ago

Went June 10, 2017 with my small dog. Total about 9 miles, 5 hours (however, bringing my dog probably added about an hour). There was still a good amount of wildflowers, but the dry grasses are definitely taking over. But we still got to see several small waterfalls along the way. A little over 3 miles from the parking lot, the trail forks and is not labeled. The trail to the right goes directly down to the American, a very nice spot with beach and large boulders to sit on for lunch. The trail to the left continues for about a mile to a small crossing, called Secret Ravine, and a rocky area. I personally liked the earlier spot, but both were nice. Majority of the trail is uncovered and hot, so bring lots of water. There were also a few spots I had to carry my dog over rocky trail (although a bigger dog could handle it himself). He also picked up tons of burrs, and we found one tick on him. Also be aware of poison oak, it's going crazy this year. Overall it was a lovely hike with beautiful views of the river and lots of great vegetation. The occasional steep hill, but definitely manageable. It was also pretty busy, but everyone was pleasant and friendly.

hiking
13 days ago

hiking
14 days ago

7.7 miles hiking, 2000 calories burnt. Beautiful view

hiking
14 days ago

hiking
15 days ago

Great trails for hikes and scenery. I'd definitely go back.

backpacking
15 days ago

Today on Stevens Trail. 9.97 miles, half going down, half co.ing back up. Pack was 40 pounds today (knew it was gonna be tough so I lost the bear vault and food to save weight). Hit the trailhead at 845 AM and hit the trail right about 9. Made it to the falls then down to the river by about 11 and stayed for about an hour. The water was so cold it hurt my feet after about 30 seconds, but there were deep pools in the rocks that were warmer. Started back up around noon and it was starting to get hot for the uphill out. When I go again I will get there closer to 7 AM, have a light weight day pack and lighter shoes...the first mile and a half or so is forested and shady and cool...so that's the first and the last thing you walk through...which is nice!
Stopped a lot on the way up because of the pack weight, but made it without a lot of drama. Finished up and went to Brookside in Auburn for lunch.
The trail is beautiful. The terrain is diverse. The river is awesome. GO!