The Stetattle Trail follows Stetattle Creek northward from the town of Diablo. This is a short trail gaining little elevation as it leads through a mature forest. The drainages along the route are fed by glacial water filled with sediment referred to as glacial flour. The particles in the water reflect light and produce a vibrant blue-green hue. Birders will enjoy the variety of species along this route.
The trail begins across the street from the parking area immediately north of the bridge into the Diablo townsite. It leads behind a row of houses before entering the forest. The first mile of the trail stays close to the eastern bank of Stetattle Creek. Beyond one mile the trail veers eastward ascending the western flanks of Sourdough Mountain.
The trail gains about 650 feet after leaving the stream then descends slightly to cross Bucket Creek. North of this first stream crossing the trail remains relatively level and reaches Camp Dayo Creek within a mile. Beyond the second stream crossing the trail ascends 300 feet to a third stream crossing then becomes less defined. The trail continues but is not maintained more than three miles from the trailhead.
Directions: From Ross Dam, Travel west on Highway 20 to the access bridge to Diablo, near mile marker 126. Turn left and cross the bridge. On the northern side of the bridge look for a parking area to the right. The trailhead lies across the street behind a row of houses.
Elevation: 920 feet
Ending Elevation: 1,770 feet
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