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    American Eagle Trail

    Tahoe National Forest, California
    Elevation Gain509ft
    Trailhead Elevation2,052ft
    Elevation Min/Max2041/2296ft
    Elevation Start/End2052/2052ft

    American Eagle Trail

    American Eagle Trail is a hiking trail in Placer County, California. It is within Tahoe National Forest. It is 0.9 miles long and begins at 2,052 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 509 feet. The trail ends near the American Eagle Mine (elevation 2,267 feet) quarry. This trail connects with the following: Euchre Bar Trail.

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    Olivehurst, CA
    Explorer | 30 pts
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    This is a great trip but I echo the previous report about it being deceptively easy. Its gentle slope down can and will lull you into a false sense of ease coming out. On the hot summer days after swimming in the river it is very easy to become dehydrated and struggle to get back to the top. If you think you are carrying enough water take a little more you will be glad you did. Also be careful in the spring when the snow is melting. There is a stream that crosses the river about a mile in and it can become dangerous to cross when it is flowing briskly.
    Cape Horn, CA
    Explorer | 46 pts
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    WARNING: Warning: this PARTICULAR trail review is NOT correct. It states the elevation change is minimal--2400 feet at top and bottom. Topo maps show the elevation change is about 1200 ft. The trail down to the River is deceptively easy, but the trip back up--usually in the bright afternoon sun and heat-- can be a struggle for people easily winded in heat. Summer temps often in the 90's. Recommend spring when wildflowers are terrific and it is cooler. Carry lots of water and save a lot for the hike back up.
    Sacramento, CA
    Explorer | 52 pts
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    This hike is listed three times in with differing names and trail head map illustrations. There are also three different directions to the trail head. None of the directions are completely correct.

    Take Interstate 80 East to Colfax. Take exit 135 for Colfax, Grass Valley, and Highway 174. Turn left onto North Canyon Way, but avoid taking a hard left that will send you back onto the freeway. Go 0.6 miles to the Stevens trail head parking lot on the left. A sign at this point indicates the end of the county maintained road.

    UTM coordinates of the parking lot are 0677587E, 4330309. Neither the trail nor the parking lot show on the USGS Colfax quadrangle.

    There is a restroom in the parking lot.

    The "Ranger Station" depicted on the USGS Colfax quadrangle is really a CDF fire station.

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    Jordan Summers
    "American Eagle Mine Trail starts where Euchre Bar Trail leaves off. Hiking east on this section of Wild and Scenic River offers hikers choices of relaxing in the river’s pools, exploring century and a half old mining operations, and observing the plentiful flora and fauna along the trail. The trailhead for the American Eagle Mine Trail sits at the junction of Humbug Creek and the North Fork of the American River, just 30 feet from the end of your hike on the Euchre Bar Trail. Pack up your gear from the picnic table, and clear any trash. Out of concern for nearby property owners, please respect the area and its primitive amenities." Read more

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