|Trip Date: 04/16/2014
Distance: 8.0 Miles
Vertical Gain: 2100'
Group Size: 7
Hike Rating: Easy Moderate Hard Strenuous
GPX for this trip
|The trail marker for the Stevens Trail right at the parking area. Pretty well marked but should also warn of the extreme poison oak infestation.|
|The first of a few waterfalls we passed along the way. There is a use trail up on the left side about halfway to the top.|
|The second waterfall had to be crossed right at the top of this picture. If it were running much higher we would have had to go back down the trail a bit and take the bike path below it to get by.|
|Most of the group paused for a quick break on the way down to the river.|
|About halfway down the trail there is an old mine which bores deep into the mountainside. The group was curious but the risk of caveins and steep drop-offs is too great.|
|A look west at the North Fork of the American River and the bridge that connects Colfax to Iron Hill a ways to the south of the river.|
|During the third mile the
trail gets very thin and skirts along the edge of the hillside.
You need to watch your step in this section.
|Looking east at the wild river, where there were a couple of gold panners trying their luck far below.|
|Along this part of the trail it was very steep, but the flowers were plentiful and in an amazing display of color.|
|It is a long way down from the
trail, and the slope is pretty steep.
|Once we made it down to the river at Secret Ravine, we had plenty of places to sit and enjoy lunch.|
|Somewhere around here, Stevens, the namesake of the trail had a toll crossing for the miners heading into town to cash in their finds. Sounds like a gold mine of his own.|
|Our group at the river just after finishing lunch and getting ready to head on back up, up and up.|
|The wildflowers make a very pleasant display along the trail, spreading down further and further every year with the blowing of seeds toward the river.|
|Our timing was good as this would be a VERY warm hike in the summer, gaining back all that elevation we lost heading to the river.|
|One last look at the trail carved into the side of the mountain.|
|GPS Track of the full hike.|