Back to index Serrano El Dorado - Stefani Trail Hike
Trip Date:  03/23/2015

: 3.5 Miles

Vertical Gain: 300'

Group Size: 1
Hike Rating:  Easy   Moderate   Hard   Strenuous
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Stefani Trail Elevation Profile
Start Coordinates:   N 38 41.492, W 121 04.348     End Coordinates:   Same as start coordinates
Car Shuttle Req'd:   No Parking Directions:   About 1/2 mile north of the Harvard Drive intersection on Silva Valley Rd, you will find the dirt parking area for the Stefani trailhead on the east side of the road.  There is enough parking for about 6 cars, but be sure to park without blocking the fire gate.
Hazards of Note:   Rattlesnakes, ticks, poison oak. Crowd Factor:   Minimal.  There are a few dog-walkers which enjoy this trail but for the most part this is a relatively minimially used trail.
General Notes:
From the dirt parking area head through the gate and start up the hill for an immediate climb up about 150 feet on a gravel trail.  As you near the top of this first rise, there are a couple of trails one after the other which veer off to the right, but they are signed and you should stay on the main trail continuing up the gravel pathway.  These both will head back south and are long extensions to any walk which will lead you all the way to the water towers behind the middle school to the south.  At the top of the rise the path will level off and slowly drop, with greenbelt on either side of the path.  There is a lot of poison oak in this area, so stay on the trails and you will be fine.  About 1 1/2 miles along the trail is a dirt path off to the left, which will take you down past a seasonal pond and eventually join up with the Quail Ridge trail if you choose to continue that way.  Otherwise, you will cross a couple of wooden bridges and the trail will end at the Serrano development residential intersection of Greenwood and Gresham drives.

Marker sign for the start of the Stefani trail right at the parking area along Silva Valley Road. Trailhead sign
Heading up the first right right from the start of the trail.
Early trail 
Once you get closer to the top of the ridge, the trail takes on the feel of a walk in the country away from anyone else. Country feel
There was a surprising amount of wildlife along the trail on this day, including some deer, a number of chipmonks, a squirrel and a few geese. Wildlife
A couple of bridges near the end of the Stefani trail take you safely over a couple of seasonal creeks along the way.
Bridge crossing
Just off the Stefani trail on the way toward the Quail Ridge trail is this nice small seasonal pond. Side Pond
From the top of the Stefani Trail if you look north you will have a nice view toward Flagstaff Hill in the Folsom Lake peninsula area, as well as some houses close by that are pretty amazing. Headed back
GPS Track of the full hike. GPS Track of Hike