The seven year old Hidden Falls Regional Park, located in the foothills between Auburn and Lincoln, has been expanded from its original 221 acres to 1,200 acres. Already built during the first phase was an observation deck allowing close-up views of the 30 foot waterfall that gives the park its name, multiple-use trails, picnic areas, and fishing access.
The expansion offers new sweeping views of the Sacramento Valley to the Sutter Buttes and beyond. Two new bridge crossings connect trail users to both sides of the Coon Creek watershed. You can also enjoy more picnic areas and a second observation deck above another waterfall.
Trail System (Please download or print this map prior to your visit to Hidden Falls Regional Park as cell phone service is limited.)
Parking is Limited
You are welcome to visit Hidden Falls any day of the year, but be aware the park is typically overcrowded during mid-day weekends and holidays. In order to get the most enjoyment from your visit, please plan to use the park during off-peak days and times. In order to minimize the footprint of asphalt (we do not want to grade down the hillsides) only a limited number of parking stalls are available. If you find all parking stalls are taken, you will need to leave the area and return when a space opens up. There is an area of the parking lot that has been designated as parking for equestrians. There is not a lot of parking space for horses and their owners, so please park only in parking stalls designed for vehicles. With minimum intrusion of the environment as a goal, plans are underway to provide additional parking as soon as possible.
What You Will Find When You Get Here
Trails provide access to scenic views of the riparian habitat along several creeks. There are informative interpretive panels mounted at various spots along the trails, picnic areas, and fishing access trails.
Placer Legacy Open Space Program
The development of Hidden Falls was made possible by the Placer Legacy Open Space Program. Placer Legacy is a voluntary program formed to conserve open space, help preserve the local farm economy, protect native plants and wildlife, and provide more passive recreation opportunities to the public. Major support is being provided by a combination of funding partners and volunteers. Supporters include the California Natural Resources Agency, Sierra Nevada Conservancy, California Conservation Corps, REI, Inc., Folsom Auburn Trail Riders Action Coalition, Sun City Lincoln Hills Hiking Club, and California State Parks.
Hidden Falls has been described by Supervisor Robert Weygandt as the "Crown Jewel" of the County's award-winning Placer Legacy program.
Help Make your Visit To Hidden Falls a Friendly Experience
Remember, Hidden Falls is your park. Keep it nice for future users by:
- Staying on trails
- Avoiding rides within 24 hours of rainfall or whenever trails are muddy
- Packing out any litter you find
- Picnic Areas
- 1200 Acre Open Space
- 30 Miles of Natural Surface Trails suitable for hiking, running, biking and horseback riding.
7587 Mears Place, Auburn, CA 95603
Hidden Falls Regional Park is open to the public from ½ hour before sunrise to ½ hour after sunset 365 days a year at no charge to visitors.
Fees and Use
Please stay on the trail to protect the environment. Dogs must be under control on a maximum six (6) foot leash.