Let's do something different for Flippin' Friday this week!
I've only hiked this trail once before, but I figured it was about that time of year for the wildflowers, so I think it's due. In addition to wild flowers, we'll also see waterfalls and panoramas of the North Fork River.
Stevens Trail is about 7.5 miles long located near Colfax, California. The trail is great for hiking and normally takes a half day. It is very scenic, rich in history and is on the National Register of Historic places. Built by Truman Allen Stevens it was used as a toll road for miners that needed to get from the mining town of Iowa Hill to the railroad town of Colfax. The trail was forgotten but then rediscovered in 1969 but a boy scout, Eric Kiel, and recharted as part of his scouting project. Today it is maintained by the Bureau of Land Management.
Parking and Directions
From Sacramento, take Interstate 80 east and exit at North Canyon Way (exit 135) at Colfax. Turn left on North Canyon Way, which parallels the freeway. Drive 1.5 miles on Canyon Way and just before it reenters the interstate, bear slightly right onto Canyon Court. In 1/2 mile look for the signed parking area sign on the left side saying Stevens Trail.
What to bring:
Water, hiking poles, sturdy shoes and some snacks and/or lunch.
See you there!