Trip 1: Cape Horn,
North Fork of the American Wild and Scenic River Canyon, Level 2 Day
Trip. To see more Trip 1 photographs by Paul Plathe click here.
This is a great gorge scramble
for those who would like to try it for the first time. Many repeats
show as well, due to the ease and uniqueness of this popular hike and
float. This outing begins in the morning at the trailhead of the historical
Stevens Trail which is located near Colfax and takes us 3.5 miles to
the confluence of Secret Ravine and the North Fork of the American River.
This trail was a gold rush era toll road used mainly from 1870- 1895
and served Iowa Hill, a large city at that time. The trail hugs the
canyon wall slowly descending to the bottom of the canyon, treating
us to spectacular views along the way.