Stevens Trail Falls

El Dorado Hills, California

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A walk in the footsteps of the forty-niners leads to a long cascade and a great overlook of the North Fork American River. The Stevens Trail dates back to the California gold rush, built and managed as a toll road by a pair of enterprising miners, one with the surname of Stevens. The trail linked Colfax with the boomtown of Iowa Hill and was well traveled in the late 1800s. When the boom went bust, the trail fell out of service—and essentially out of sight. It began its renaissance in the late 1960s, when a Boy Scout from Sacramento rediscovered it.
Hiking Waterfalls in Northern California

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Hiking Waterfalls in Northern California

by Tracy Salcedo-Chourré (Falcon Guides)

A walk in the footsteps of the forty-niners leads to a long cascade and a great overlook of the North Fork American River.
The Stevens Trail dates back to the California gold rush, built and managed as a toll road by a pair of enterprising miners, one with the surname of Stevens.

The trail linked Colfax with the boomtown of Iowa Hill and was well traveled in the late 1800s. When the boom went bust, the trail fell out of service—and essentially out of sight. It began its renaissance in the late 1960s, when a Boy Scout from Sacramento rediscovered it.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: El Dorado Hills
Distance: 3
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3-5 hours
Season: Year-round
Features: Waterfalls
Local Contacts: Bureau of Land Management, Mother Lode Field Office, 5152 Hillsdale Circle, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762; (916) 941-3101; www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/folsom/stevens trail.html
Local Maps: USGS Colfax CA
Topo Map: Stevens Trail Falls Topographic Map
Guide Book: Hiking Waterfalls in Northern California Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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