"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." Read more
"This descent to the North Fork is enjoyably easy. Of course, the hike in is easier, but the slope on the hike out is gentle enough for hikers of any age to enjoy. One attraction here is the wall-to-wall view of the North Fork of the American River, from above Iowa Hill Road and the bridge at Mineral Bar to the extreme close ups of the crystal-clear water at trail’s end. The Stevens Trail descends about 1,150 feet to the North Fork of the American River. Created nearly a century and a half ago as a foot- and horse-trail between Colfax and Iowa Hill, this vista-packed walk must be the easiest route down to the beautifully wild and scenic North Fork of the American River. Chinesebuilt railroad beds, hardrock-mine shafts, waterfalls and cascades, crystal-clear pools, and a flock of leopard lilies are all within easy reach of this historic trail." Read more
"The Stevens Trail is one of the most popular Sierra foothills hikes for Sacramentans. Even though it is a path rich in history, it was virtually unknown until the late 1960s, when a Boy Scout rediscovered it. Now maintained and managed by the BLM, the trail provides year-round opportunities to visit the North Fork American Wild & Scenic River. Starting in the pines near Colfax, the trail drops more than 1000 feet down into a rugged canyon clothed in live oak and chaparral, providing magnificent views of one of California’s most scenic Wild Rivers. This former Gold Rush toll road once connected the mining town of Iowa Hill with the railroad town of Colfax and is on the National Register of Historic Places." Read more
"A walk into the canyon of the North Fork American River offers views of a cascade, a great overlook, and insights into what it took to carve a railroad through the Sierra Nevada.
The Stevens Trail dates back to the California gold rush, built and managed as a toll road by an enterprising miner named Truman Allen Stevens and a partner. 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 and revived it." Read more