Hiking the Stevens Trail with the Sierra Canyon Hiking Group


Spring is here and tax season is over. That means that the Sierra Canyon hiking and snowshoeing group just switched from snow shoeing to hiking for our Monday activities. It also means that since Duke is done working as a tax preparer he can hike with me during the week. Yesterday we hiked the Stevens Trail, a nine mile out and back hike that starts just of of Interstate 80 in the town of Colfax at an elevation of 2352 ft and descends to the North Fork of the American River at an elevation of 1360 ft.

According to the BLM description of the trail "The Stevens Trail is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places." It was built during the gold rush and was used from 1870-1895.

The trail is fairly easy and the views are stunning.
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It was a cool clear day. The trail was lush and green and the wildflowers were out in abundance. I’m trying to learn the names of a few of the wild flowers we saw. I think this is Bush Lupine.

I’m not sure what this is but we saw quite a lot of it along the trail.


Our lunch spot was right next to the river.


If you would like to see all of my pictures of the hike you can see them on Flickr here.

I really enjoyed snowshoeing but it was great to be hiking again and it was great to be hiking with Duke again.

Author: marionvermazen

I am a traveler, hiker, avid reader, Sun alumnus, computer geek, Spanish and French language student, knitter and genealogist. I am retired after working for almost 30 years in the Computer Industry. I live in Reno, Nevada with my husband Duke.

One thought on “Hiking the Stevens Trail with the Sierra Canyon Hiking Group”

  1. There is a really cool new channel coming to cable and satellite television. It is The Ski Channel. They say they will have everything you can do on a mountain and all mountain activities such as skiing, snowboarding, hiking, biking, backpacking, climbing, basejumping, etc. So little of this is on television now. Lets help these guys make this work. Go to their website and signup. http://www.theskichannel.com.
    They have all kinds of contests, info and pretty cool stuff on their website.
    About time!


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