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Flippin' Friday - Steven's Trail - Colfax - 7.5 miles Int/Adv

Let's do something different for Flippin' Friday this week!

As many of you know, I'm not really a big fan of this trail for some reason, but seeing as the wildflowers should be out, it's definitely the right time of year to do it.  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!

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  • Carla

    Excellent hike today. Flowers and weather cooperated fully. Perfect morning!

    1 · April 4, 2014

    • Beatrice S.

      Totally agree! Thank you Carla for organizing and leading!

      April 8, 2014

  • Steve G

    Wonderful hike! I forgot how beautiful this trail is, especially this time of year. Fun Friday group, as always. Thanks again for organizing Carla!

    April 5, 2014

  • Richard S.

    great hike--beautiful flowers!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 5, 2014

  • Nancy C

    Beautiful photos Sherpa. Sorry I missed this hike.

    April 4, 2014

  • Bonnie S

    Wow!! Best hike ever!!!
    Got news on the trail my Brother's newly diagnosed cancer, throughout all his body and organs is rare and treatable with control and possible remission. Praise Jesus!!! I can not live without my brother. He is all my memories.

    April 4, 2014

  • Sherpa H.

    yup--- another fine day to hike-- a nice trail-- with nice folks-- flowers were out...

    April 4, 2014

  • Leigha

    Sorry I am a late cancel. It's raining quite a bit and looks like it will be a little heavy for a while.

    April 4, 2014

  • Evil D.

    Any slow pokes going? I don't want to be left behind with the amount of gold miners I'm not comfortable being on this trail alone.

    April 3, 2014

    • Evil D.

      I'm hoping I get a couple of the Turtle Trekkers to join me. We'll see!

      April 3, 2014

    • Evil D.

      Didn't get any last minute bites, so I'm going to pass on this one

      April 4, 2014

  • Gladys C.

    I can't make tomorrow, something came up.
    sorry, have fun. love.

    April 3, 2014

  • Shannon B 👣

    Carla, when we were on the trail today it suddenly got hot on the way down and Susan stashed her denim jacket just off the trail on the right side behind a little log. Perhaps if I describe the location to you and your folks, you all could look for it? It is on the hiker trail (not the bike trail) where there is a really good view of the falls on the left and JUST before the mini spur trail to the top of a big lookout rock on the right. Please let me know if by chance you see it and can bring it back. Thanks, Shannon

    1 · March 30, 2014

    • Carla

      Thanks Sherpa. We can always rely on you to complete the operation!

      1 · March 31, 2014

    • Sherpa H.

      the "package" is delivered and safe ; )

      1 · April 3, 2014

  • Gladys C.

    I am sorry I will not make, something can up. but my heart will be there. love. have fun.

    April 3, 2014

  • Bob B.

    See you there, maybe. I'll be on the earlier hike with the Sierra Club.

    April 2, 2014

    • Evil D.

      think we are going to have a full trail, Turtle Trekkers will be here also :)

      April 3, 2014

    • Susan S.

      No, I don't think Turtle Trekkers will be there; only Sierra Club. I'll be on that trip.

      April 3, 2014

  • Beatrice S.

    Who want's to carpool from Folsom?

    April 3, 2014

  • Kim S

    I was on the waiting list for both this and the SC option. I was notified by them that I was "in" but it looks like I got "in" here, too. I'm sorry to pull out but I like the earlier time.

    April 2, 2014

  • Susan

    LOL! Thanks for looking out for me, Sherpa! If you keep it in your car or give it to Shannon next time you see her, we'll connect one of these times. Not a big deal...

    March 31, 2014

  • Amy W.

    Oops sorry Carla. I thought I had. My bad. Have a great hike. Will be there in spirit

    March 27, 2014

  • Carla

    Hi Gang. it's come to my attention that the Sierra Club is also hosting a hike on this day on this trail. Nothing against fellow hikers, but it may be quite crowded. Would you like to try it another day (but then we risk missing the wildflowers), or should we go with it anyway? I guess we could do it the week after if you like, which hopefully won't have too much of an impact on flowers and heat. Anyway, let me know your thoughts...

    March 24, 2014

    • Amy W.

      I can't make this hike either we have to save our legs for a long hilly bike ride Saturday.

      March 24, 2014

    • Carla

      Sorry to hear that Amy. Can you remove yourself from the list? Thanks

      March 27, 2014

  • Carla

    Thanks for the input. Right now, it looks like the SC are starting at 8am, which means they should be a good ways down ahead of us, so hopefully things won't be too congested. I'll look at it again closer the date and we'll see, but for right now, it looks fine. We may have to park on the street before the lot, but that's okay.

    March 25, 2014

    • Kathy

      The SC leader plans to be at the trail head at 8:30-8:40 (they'll probably meet at Sun Splash at 8)which still leaves an hour gap to ease the congestion.

      March 25, 2014

    • Carla

      Thanks Kathy. Yes, that will help.

      March 25, 2014

  • Nancy C

    I say we still do it. The only time we will probably encounter them would be at the river. But what ever you decide to do is fine with me.

    March 24, 2014

  • Jan

    I had the same thought Carla.

    March 24, 2014

  • Cheryl h.

    Just realized i can't make this hike. What ever you decide, have fun.

    March 24, 2014

  • Kathy

    Oops, I signed up with the SC a couple of months ago, also so I will cancel out. I'll surely see you all there anyway!

    March 23, 2014

  • Susan S.

    I'm signed up for a Sierra Club there the same day!

    March 21, 2014

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