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Steven's Trail South

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This is a wonderful hike to the Wild and Scenic North Fork of the American River. When T. A. Stevens built this trail in the 1860s, his plan was to move people and livestock easily between Colfax and Iowa Hill. Now you can mosey down and up with the same ease on this historic thoroughfare. This is the forgotten side of the Stevens Trail. In the 1860s, travelers descending from Colfax would have crossed the suspension bridge that Stevens built at Secret Ravine and then would have continued to the gold fields at Iowa Hill, which was a town of more than 10, 000 people. The suspension bridge has long since carried its last toll-paying horse and rider. However, at the end of this hike, you can still see the cables that attached the bridge to the bedrock.

City Iowa Hill

Length 7.24 mi

Skill Level Moderate

Duration 5–6 hours

Trailhead Elevation 2,850 ft

Top Elevation 2,850 ft

Beware of poison oak

I-80 east Turn right onto Auburn Ravine Rd
Continue onto Foresthill Rd
Turn left onto Sugar Pine Rd
Turn right to stay on Sugar Pine Rd
Turn left at Big Reservoir Rd
Continue straight onto Sugar Pine Rd
Continue onto Iowa Hill Rd
Turn left to stay on Iowa Hill Rd
Turn left to stay on Iowa Hill Rd

Destination will be on the left we can park in the store parking lot.

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