Stevens Trail

9 reviews
7.7 mi
Distance
3 hrs 27 min
Time
terrain
1,146 ft
Elev Gain

Overview

It's hard to define the difficulty of this trail. The incline is gradual but it is 7.7 miles. There are a couple of areas that are a bit treacherous as a slip or fall is on an extreme slope and/or cliff. I DO NOT recommend young children on this trail - not because of the difficulty but because any misstep could result in a long fall off the side of the trail where much of it is a cliff - so I shutter to think of children on this trail. The trail begins in a forested area and opens up to gorgeous views of the North Fork canyon. The ruggedness of this canyon is on full display and trail allows hikers to be in an area that would not be accessible without this trail.

Suffice it to say, I give this trail a 10 with respect to the beauty of the American River and the canyon views. And I give the trail a 10, as much of it is along the steep canyon. I have so much respect and appreciation for the trail builders!

I brought water for my dog but it ended up being unnecessary as there were two stream crossings before reaching the river. (This is in February).

Watch out for poison oak getting ready to sprout over the trail.

The trail ends at the river, where there are beautiful rocks for sunning (depending on time of day) or having lunch while enjoying the river and the steep canyon walls. I was there on a week day. I suspect the weekends could be quite congested :(

Getting Started

Google directions. There is a parking area at the trailhead with no fee. It is obvious where the trail starts once you park.

Taking Children

I DO NOT recommend children. It is simply too dangerous with respect to slips and falls, which could and probably would, in my estimation, be catastrophic.


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    1 year, 3 months ago
    I loved this hike. It was beautiful on the way down and challenging on the way back. There were a few nice scrambles, a waterfall, and a cave you can enter. This trail has enough to keep you occupied for hours. Next time we’re leaving earlier in the day and bringing lunch with us to the river.
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    3 years, 6 months ago
    Trail conditions were great as the ground is not yet saturated from the rain. Creeks are still running slow and very easy to cross. Still be cautious of poison oak if wandering off the trail, the leaves have fallen and just bare branches now. Trail traffic is light this time of year and cooler temperatures make the hike a breeze. Beautiful views and old mining relics can be found along the trail.
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