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Stevens Trail South - Iowa Hill - California

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Stevens Trail South - Iowa Hill - California


Difficulty: Moderate

Distance (in miles): 3.7 Miles each way

Length (in hours): 4 to 6 hours with detours.

Elevation Drop/Gain: 1500 Feet

Dog friendly, no leashes

Weather : Rain Cancels

Carpool Location: Madison Target

Driving Time to Trail head: 1 hour 24 minutes.

This trail belong to the Bureau of Land Management, but is not maintained.
The trail is very rough, disappearing and reappearing in many spots.
There will be some bolder scrambling, crawling over downed tree and other obstacles.

Cell phone service is spotty and they just got land lines working again in 2010 after losing service in the 1960's. The town of Iowa Hill still relies on generators and solar panels for electricity.

Truman Allen Stevens built the trail over 150 years ago.
Stevens Trail South, the trail they call the "forgotten side" of Stevens Trail.

Mineral Bar Campground is at the river on Iowa Hill Road.
To the right of the store, you'll see, set back a little, the trail sign (above).

Iowa Hill Store

Iowa Hill Guide Shorty – If he is still around
Shorty's a great dog--big and friendly (although he looks like he could eat your arm off), and he wants nothing more than to keep you company and to lead the way. He didn't beg for food, he drank from the creeks and from the river, and he was a great guide. He even has his own business card. :)