The 7.5-9 mile round trip on historic Stevens Trail is conveniently located near Colfax off I-80. It is well maintained, offers excellent canyon views, and is lavishly adorned with wildflowers in the spring!
|Parking is provided, and there is a bathroom at the trailhead.|
|As noted, it is a 9 mile round trip, so well suited for a whole day hike. You will hike down about 1200 feet and back up on your return.|
|After weaving through the shady woods, the trail opens out onto this old roadway.|
|You will soon find more wide woody sections.|
|Some sections are lush and lined with shrubby, riparian, wildflower dotted and narrow trail. It is easy to follow though.|
|As things get more of the western exposure, they dry up considerably, making it best to start your hike before the heat has set in.|
|This wonderful stream crosses the trail. No wet feet necessary; rocks are there to step across. Carry water in since this is not acceptable drinking water.|
There is poison oak and there are also cougar warnings. Best hiked in groups making some noise to avoid surprising wildlife. Keep kids close to adults.
|At last, views of the length of the canyon open up.|
|Along this section, some turn back for fear of heights! The trail is almost flat |
but spooky views aren't for the faint of heart!
|Far below is the river, your destination. |
The openness of the views can bring on vertigo! (Chuckle)
|Stevens Trail wildflowers are colorful distractions!|
|I started out a bit late in the day, and it gets HOT along the canyon walls.|
|On your return, it is a pleasure to re-enter the riparian, moist cool woods.|
I found some great information for my hike at MVTA.
For a fabulous set of GPS tracks you can send to your iPhone, and a detailed description of the trail, go to Everytrail.
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