Explore the most popular trail running trails near Colfax with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
2 days ago

Very enjoyable. Half shade, half sun.

hiking
8 days ago

hiking
10 days ago

On many recommendations, four friends and I took the trail early on a Sunday morning. None of us were super-experienced hikers, but the experience was fantastic. Going early was huge—the return trip was very warm, making the ascent a bit tougher. There’s a slight fork near the river; we went right which was a rocky shortcut to some nice pools and view. As a novice wearing tennis shoes, there were a few spots on the way down that felt tricky, but the return ascent posed almost none; those same spots were much easier to go up than down, even factoring in fatigue. The reviews on here provided excellent advice: we avoided the poison oak, we brought water (though needed more than 32 oz apiece returning in the heat), and sunscreen was crucial for my fairer complexion. I had been afraid of heights since I was a little kid, so there were moments where the openness and elevation did hit me, but I didn’t actually have much trouble—I just focused a lot on the way down. Hikers along the trail were all friendly and patient with our inexperienced group, and I had a memorable time and would love to do it again in the future (wearing boots though).. Happy hiking!

hiking
10 days ago

It was difficult but enjoyable hike.

hiking
10 days ago

Fun hike! Perfect length! Good amount of difficulty, enough that makes for a good workout but not too much where you feel like you need to take a bunch of breaks. Gorgeous views and was pleasantly surprised it led down to the water! I’ll be back!

hiking
14 days ago

It's tough. Downhill almost all the way in to the canyon which can only mean uphill on the return. Use plenty of sunscreen/bring plenty of water/and bring mosquito repellent just in case. Lots of poison oak but fairly easy to avoid if careful.
The cave was very 'cool' both literally and figuratively! And the waterfall and pools of water were awesome! We enjoyed ourselves but turned back after about 2 miles when we got to a really great vista point.
I recommend it for strong uphill hikers!

trail running
17 days ago

My all time favoritest

hiking
17 days ago

Great trail! I would not recommend doing this in 90 degree+. Most on the trail in this heat were miserable. There is a long ridge that is direct Sun most of the day, by far the hottest part. Water makes up for it though. Mosquitos in evening alot of poison oak.

hiking
28 days ago

Great experience to do this hike. It's says 9 miles but it's about 8 on my watch. anyway its not really easy ones specially when it's hot outside This hike with great stunning views of nature. Recommended: start early to avoid hot day weather, have good shoes even boots bcse of plenty of rock areas (we saw people in flipflops I have no words ), drinking water maybe some snack so you can relax and enjoy beautiful views .

1 month ago

I loved this trail. Started at the market in Iowa Hill, (Stevens Trail East). Stay to the right where the trail forks (about 100 yards from tail head) and you’ll stay in the shade the entire way to an absolutely BEAUTIFUL swimming hole at the end. Wear good boots, this isn’t a trail for tennis shoes or flip flops. *** Now I must pay tribute to PENNY, the local dog that literally was looking out for me the whole way. I saw a brown bear (50 yards away) on the way in and she kept her eye on it, as I did. The bear seemed uninterested and we went in opposite directions.. She chased away something, rustling in the brush, on the way out. She swam after a stick while at the swimming hole. She kept bringing it back for me to throw. We hung out about an hour there, and shared beef jerky, then hiked back. Loved this dog!!! She was truly a great little companion and guide, never getting too far ahead, always checking to make sure I was coming along.

trail running
1 month ago

Still one if my favorite trails!! Just went yesterday and it was magnificent! Definitely extremely hot in the direct sunlight, so I'd encourage you to go earlier than later if you're sensitive to heat! The shaded areas are beautiful, green and cool! The water is low, but still swimmable! The trails are all clear and easily identifiable!

Great hike! Started the hike around 730 and was back at the parking lot a little after 10 with about 20 minute stop at the river.

hiking
1 month ago

I've been hiking this trail for 20 years and simply love it. It's great to run as well. Spectacular views at any time of the year and spring offers an abundant amount of wildflowers. Summers on this trail can be extremely warm though, so go early. The BLM needs to update the trail head sign to reflect the true mileage of about 7.25-7.50 miles round trip, not 9.

1 month ago

It’s a beautiful trail. Your phone should still have service when you go on the hike. You can track where you are at using your google map or this app. There are times that the trail cuts into two. So make sure you remember which way you go. It’s not anything you won’t remember though. Also, keep a look out for poison oaks. There are tons everywhere. About a mile into the hike, you’ll be walking along the river so you’ll see the beauty of it. There are some trails that take you right down to the river if you want to cut the hike a little short. Definitely an easy hike going but you’ll face some challenges coming back to your car because the trail will be inclined. Enjoy the river. The water is still cold, but it’s not anything we can’t handle.

on Stevens Trail

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful trail! Views of the river for most part of the trail, lots wildflowers make it very pretty. It can get very hot later in the day since a little more than half the trial is exposed with no tree cover, so starting early really helps. Started the hike at 7 30, was back to the parking lot at 11 45, spent about 30 min at the river.

hiking
1 month ago

This trails is absolutely beautiful. It has tons of small creeks that are little water falls. If you make it all the way to the river bring your swim trunks and a towel because the water is perfect to relax and stay cool in.

Cons :

There is poison oak literally everywhere. The majority of the trail has poison oak at the edge of each side of the trails.

This might scare some, but I did see a adolescent rattle snake on my hike today. He scurried off the trail as soon as he saw us but still a forewarning.

hiking
1 month ago

Got lucky that May 26th was a cool day and perfect for Stevens Trail! Took 3 hours and 15 minutes down to the river and back. But we were at the river for only about 15 minutes. Great hike!

hiking
1 month ago

Not a fan... the trail was easy to find but I’m familiar with the area. The big downfalls were the trail being more like an animal path. It’s very overgrown which creates a problem when the area is infested with ticks. I saw the warning sign but thought it would be okay since I had deet on and long pants with a long shirt. Not so lucky. I had four ticks on me and two embedded. The poison oak was decently bad as well. I do not recommend for dogs considering these two things. It’s a bit technical due to the fallen trees and narrow path. Crossing the creek wasn’t a big issue. You just need to take your shoes of and roll up the pants. The view was pretty but the end is really no more significant than the beginning. I’m checking it off my list but I won’t go back unless some maintenance is done in the trail.

1 month ago

Awesome hike. Easy down, hard getting back up. But good views and lunch along the river make it worth the effort. Never seen it too crowded but you will have to step off the trail and let someone pass now and then. Lots of lizards and butterflies. Watch out for ticks.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail with somany other trail routes to take. Go early in summer, not much shade in parts. Bring dogs and snacks, picnic bench along the way. Dog friendly, horse friendly, run friendly, 79% bike friendly.

Great hike to challenge yourself! Very scenic with the reward of the beautiful water at the bottom!

Beautiful bridge, and plenty of watering holes around the trail head. The trail head is across shirttail creek and there is some wading involved so bring proper foot wear. The trail itself is not used regularly so there are lots of fallen branches and tall grass hanging over the trail which is prime real estate for ticks.. so..

Beware! The “Tick Infestation” signs need to be taken seriously! Especially if visiting during the spring/summer months. Even with all my precautions I ended up plucking off a dozen or so from myself and my dog before they could burrow in. If you bring your pets recommend you think about getting any tick prevention medications but still do your due diligence to thoroughly tick check your dog and yourself!!

I will be back, but most likely to enjoy the watering holes and views from the bridge.

It was definitely not a moderate trail, but hard. Like other comments it’s a steep going down with having to cross, streams, boulders & logs. It was gorgeous though

Beautiful. Lots to see but couldn’t cross the “creek” to continue through this trail. Very unpassable 2-3 weeks ago. Parked near the bridge and explored along the road and took many photos next to all the waterfalls we found ! Will come back sometime in the fall and hopefully can cross the creek then !

hiking
2 months ago

mostly downhill on the way there. but then it's almost all uphill the way back :/ perfect for dogs!! we loved it!!

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful spring hike. Lots of wildflowers. Amazing views of the American River. Wildlife sightings such as hawks snakes and lizard. Moderate to difficult hike but well worth it. Downhill first and uphill second. Wear good boots that are waterproof because there are small water crossings. Only thing is to be careful because there is LOTS of poison oak and the trail can be narrow.

hiking
2 months ago

Absolutely amazing hike. Beautiful scenery throughout the hike. Now is the time to go, the weather is perfect and wild flowers are blooming everywhere. Its not too difficult but it is up hill pretty much the entire way back. And be warned, there is poison oak EVERYWHERE, where pants .

hiking
2 months ago

This was such a good fun hike I highly recommended getting there as early as possible we got there at 6:50am and were literally the first ones on the trial so it was so nice and beautiful such great views I have a huge fear of heights but didn’t think it was too bad it’s a breeze going down hill but on the way back I hope u guys dont skip leg day it’s a little work out I’ve hiked worse but overall I had a blast

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful short hike. Easy if you’re in good shape. If you’re not I would suggest you not try going all the way down, stop at the waterfall enjoy the view and slowly make your way back up . Lots of poison oak on this trail.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike along the American river. The trail start as an easy down hill and slowly become an easy switch-back all the way to the cliff along the river. Great time to go during the spring (flowers).One down side is that their is little shade when you finally get to the river. Overall great hike.
P.S depending on which trail you take back you might find that one route is much more difficult then the other. I’ll let you find that out yourself!

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