Hidden Falls Regional Park

Visitors to the Hidden Falls Regional Park may encounter sheep or goats grazing throughout the Park. Livestock grazing utilizing sheep and goats is being used as a vegetation management tool to maintain and improve habitat conditions for resident plants and animals and to help prevent or minimize the effects of wildfires.  

For your safety:

  • Do not pet, touch or feed grazing animals
  • Dogs must be on leash at all times and under owners direct control
  • Do not touch fencing, it may be Electrified to contain grazing animals
  • Do not cross into fenced or penned areas

If you have any questions or if you encounter a problem with the grazing program at Hidden Falls please call 530-886-4901 or send an email to PlacerCountyParks@placer.ca.gov.

The 1,200-acre Hidden Falls Regional Park (Hidden Falls) is located between the communities of Auburn, Lincoln, and the Ophir/Newcastle area. The park is situated along the Coon Creek and Deadman Creek watersheds, and is south of the Bear River. Hidden Falls Regional Park was purchased by Placer County through the Placer Legacy Open Space and Agricultural Conservation Program for the purposes of natural conservation and passive recreation. 

Hidden Falls offers 30 miles of multiple-use trails, two observation decks allowing close-up views of 30 +/- foot waterfalls, picnic areas, and fishing access. There are sweeping views of the Sacramento Valley to the Sutter Buttes and beyond.

Location Map
Trail System (Please download or print this map prior to your visit to Hidden Falls Regional Park as cell phone service is limited.)


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.


You are welcome to visit the 1,200 acre Hidden Falls Regional Park any day of the year. Although the park is open all weekends and holidays, 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.


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. The California Highway Patrol is the enforcement arm for parking issues on roadways outside of Hidden Falls Regional Park.  The Sheriff’s Department will enforce rules within the Park. 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.

Park full conditions and alternative nearby trails.


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.


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.


Currently, Hidden Falls Regional Park does not have potable water for the public or horses.  Park users should bring plenty of drinking water for their visit.  This is especially important during times of hot weather.


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 bring or find
  • Keeping dogs under control on a maximum six (6) foot leash 


  • Picnic Areas
  • Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Restrooms
  • 1200 Acre Open Space
  • 30 Miles of Natural Surface Trails suitable for hiking, running, biking and horseback riding.


7587 Mears Place, Auburn, CA 95602


Hidden Falls Regional Park is open to the public 365 days a year.

Park hours are from ½ hour before sunrise to ½ hour after sunset.  Each day, Park Rangers post the time the park will be closed on that particular day so please note the daily closing time and be sure to exit the park before closing.

Fees and Use

Use of Hidden Falls Regional Park is free!

Park Policies