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This 7.7-mile out-and-back, moderately difficult trail will provide you with historical sights and spectacular views.

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Out and Back

2,384' 727 m


1,253' 382 m


1,275' 389 m


1,276' 389 m



Avg Grade (4°)


Max Grade (13°)

Dogs Leashed

Features River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Family Friendly A relatively smooth trail with lots to explore along the way. Just remember that the way back is all uphill so make sure the kiddos save some energy for the return trip!


Hikers will be treated to several historical sights and spectacular views of the North Fork of the American River along this out-and-back hike. With easy to access from Highway 80, this scenic multi-use trail contains a depth of history that can be visited year round. Experience the singletrack toll road that stretches past seasonal waterfalls, an abandoned hard rock mine, with views of the winding American River. Time your spring visit to see a beautiful display of blooming wildflowers and interesting insects from March-May. During the warm months, expect to see gold panners along the banks.


The Stevens Trail consists of singletrack trail that is decently groomed with some toe-snagging rocks to watch for. At 0.75 miles, the trail crosses a small creek; follow the trail marker right. At 1 mile, the trail splits; follow the trail and metal post pointing left. This section of trail contains some steeper sections and potential waterfalls. Keep an eye out for a side trail leading directly to the main falls.

At 1.75 miles, will be the abandoned hard rock mine that is it not recommended to explore, as some sections may be unsafe. From here, the trail has steep dropoffs and sun exposure; remember your water as the climb back out is a challenge! Cougars are present in the area along with potentially heavy growth of poison oak, so take caution when on your adventure and enjoy!


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Kristen Arendt

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  4.5 from 32 votes


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Along the American river.  The bridge is Iowa Hill Road
Nov 6, 2017 near Colfax, CA
A few minutes after the trailhead going into the forest, away from freeway noise
Nov 6, 2017 near Colfax, CA
South Fork of the American River
Sep 17, 2017 near Colfax, CA
exposed area with the view of the north fork American river
Nov 6, 2017 near Colfax, CA
Trail along the American river.
Nov 6, 2017 near Colfax, CA
Looking southwest toward the the Iowa Hill bridge.
Dec 16, 2016 near Colfax, CA



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Apr 1, 2023
Manoj Abey
This is a 9 mile hike. 9mi — 4h 30m
Oct 10, 2021
Younos Nada
Very few trees that change colors in fall, and their Foliage is already brown. 4mi — 2h 44m
Jan 31, 2021
Sherry Vong
Jan 23, 2021
Gillian Chandler
May 24, 2020
Michael Herrero
Aug 25, 2019
Gwendolyn Page
Well maintained pit toilet at trailhead. The first .75 of trail is beautifully shaded but the rest of it leaves you largely exposed to the summer sun. 7mi — 0h 03m
Apr 6, 2019
Amy Weaver
A bit muddy, a few creek crossings that might be tough one littles, and don't let the hike in fool you... the hike out is a butt burner. 8.4mi — 3h 21m
Mar 31, 2019
Garland Schonauer
When the water is fast and fresh take the lower trail marked "Mountain Bikes" to cross the waterfall. Otherwise it's a risky jump over up top. 7.7mi — 3h 45m