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.)
WHAT YOU WILL FIND WHEN YOU GET HERE
Approximately 30 miles of multiple-use trails provide access to scenic views of the riparian habitat along several creeks and to two gorgeous waterfalls. There are informative interpretive panels mounted at various spots along the trails. The park also has areas for picnicking, the fishing is great and there is plenty of open space for enjoying quiet time in a pristine outdoor environment.
PLEASE PLAN YOUR TRIP CAREFULLY – PARKING IS LIMITED
You are welcome to visit the 1,200 acre Hidden Falls Regional Park any day of the year. In order to get the most enjoyment from your trip, please plan carefully to use the park during off-peak days and times because the parking lots in the park often fill up during weekends and holidays. Park visitors are strongly encouraged to carpool to the park and to arrive early.
PARK FULL CONDITIONS
Due to the extreme popularity of Hidden Falls, the park sometimes becomes overcrowded. These conditions have caused concern for the sensitive flora and fauna within Hidden Falls, and especially concerns for the safety of the public. In order to ensure the safety of park visitors and the neighboring community, and improve the public’s experience with the park, when the parking lots are full, guests are asked to park at an alternative location and bike or walk to the park, or to visit a different park for the day. Visitors are not to park along Mears Drive or along any of the private roads in order to access Hidden Falls. Parking rules will be enforced by the Placer County Sheriff’s Department. An alternative parking location, about 5 miles away, is available at the Placer County Government Center, 3091 County Center Drive. From there you can ride your bike or hike to Hidden Falls, if the parking lot is full.
Plans are underway to provide additional parking in summer, 2015. Although both the parking lots for cars and equestrian units will be enlarged, parking will still be limited.
EQUESTRIAN STAGING AREA
There is an area of the parking lot has been designated as parking for equestrians. There is not a lot of parking space for equestrians so please park only in parking stalls designated for vehicles.
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:
- Car Pooling
- 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.