RESERVATION SYSTEM BEGINNING SEPTEMBER 1, 2017
For parking reservations: https://secure.rec1.com/CA/placer-ca/catalog
During the past few years, Hidden Falls Regional Park has experienced overflow parking conditions on weekends and holidays. In an effort to assure visitors of a parking space when they arrive, and to reduce the traffic impact on the surrounding neighbors, the County implemented an online, reservation-based system of entry on September 1, 2017. Patrons may reserve parking spots well in advance of their visit. Reservations will be taken up to 5:00 AM the morning of the chosen date. Since the reservation system will be new to patrons of the park, we want to provide ample time for users to become familiar with the system prior to charging for reservations. Starting October 15th, we will begin collecting fees for reservations made for peak times.
During high volume days (weekends, holidays, and some Fridays) during mild weather seasons (spring, early summer and fall) users will be required to pay $8.00 per vehicle for a full day reservation. Except for some holiday times, there will not be a charge Mondays through Thursdays, nor will a reservation be required on those days. Patrons need to obtain reservations before arriving at the park via an online calendar linked to our web site. At the end of the reservation process, a parking reservation pass will be issued. Please bring this pass to the park with you, as you will need to place it on the dashboard of your vehicle during your stay at the park. The website will allow you to see which days require a reservation fee and will allow you to purchase multiple reservations in advance. With a full day reservation, you can arrive and leave any time you please (sunrise to sunset). From experience, we know that the parking lot tends to thin out after about 2:30 in the afternoon, even during days that experience overcrowded conditions earlier in the day. So in order to allow people to take advantage of space left after the parking lot naturally thins out, we are prepared to issue a set number of partial day passes for $4.00 to people wishing to arrive later in the day. We will adjust the number of passes available as we observe parking trends once the new system is up and running, trying to allow as many visitors as the parking lot can comfortably hold.
The horse trailer area will be reserved in the same way as the automobile area (same prices during the same peak days), but it will have its own separate quota of reservations to make sure the full gravel horse trailer area is kept just for trailered vehicles. We have high expectations that the net result of the new system will be a happier experience for everyone who comes to the park, as well as those who live around the entrance to the park, and that the overcrowding problems will become the exception, few and far between.
WEBCAM LINK FOR CURRENT PARKING LOT STATUS
The 1,200-acre Hidden Falls Regional Park is located between the communities of Auburn and Lincoln, north of the Ophir/Newcastle area. The park is situated along the Coon Creek and Deadman Creek watersheds, located south of the Bear River. Hidden Falls Regional Park was purchased by the County of Placer through the Placer Legacy Open Space and Agricultural Conservation Program for the purposes of natural conservation and passive recreation.
HIDDEN FALLS REGIONAL PARK TRAILS NETWORK EXPANSION PROJECT
Hidden Falls Regional Park currently includes approximately 30 miles of trails that are open to the public within this 1,200-acre regional park. The County is preparing a Subsequent Environmental Impact Report (SEIR) for the proposed Hidden Falls Regional Parks Trails Networks Expansion project, which would expand the trail system into areas northeast, west, and east of the existing park, where the County holds existing trail easements or owns property. In total, approximately 30 additional miles of trails would be added, along with the construction of two additional bridges over Coon Creek between the existing regional park trail network and Taylor Ranch (as well as one additional bridge over Coon Creek within Hidden Falls Regional Park that was analyzed under the prior EIR), additional parking, access areas, and other improvements, and possible improvement of off-site access roads. A Notice of Preparation (NOP) was released on January 31, 2017, and the public comment period will run until March 1, 2017. A Public Scoping Meeting was held on February 21, 2017, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Placer County Planning Commission Hearing room. Informational items will also be brought to the Municipal Advisory Committee meetings in February, March and April. Please come and participate in the process! We look forward to your input, and to working with the community on this project! For more information on the project, please click on the following link: http://www.placer.ca.gov/departments/communitydevelopment/envcoordsvcs/eir/hiddenfallsregionalparktrailsexpansion.
WHAT DOES HIDDEN FALLS HAVE TO OFFER?
Hidden Falls offers approximately 30 miles of multiple-use trails for hiking, running, biking and equestrian riding, two observation decks for viewing the 30 +/- foot waterfalls, riparian habitat along several creeks, unimproved picnic areas, swimming areas and fishing access. Engaging interpretive panels are mounted at various spots along the trails, and provide valuable information on the local flora and fauna within the Park. There are sweeping views of the Sacramento Valley to the Sutter Buttes and beyond, as well as plenty of open space for enjoying quiet time in a pristine outdoor environment.
WEBCAM - Current view of parking lot (updated every 6 minutes from dawn to dusk)
For other parking lot and trails status information, please visit these social media pages
. You are welcome to visit Hidden Falls any day of the year. Due to the extreme popularity of Hidden Falls, the park sometimes becomes overcrowded, especially on weekends and holidays. Although the park is open all weekends and holidays, to get the most enjoyment from your trip, please plan to use the park during off-peak days and times, as the parking lot often fills up quickly. Park visitors are strongly encouraged to carpool and arrive early. Limited portions of the parking lot are designated for equestrian parking. As there are a small number of these spaces, non-equestrians are requested to park in stalls designated for other vehicles.
DURING PARK FULL CONDITIONS
In order to ensure visitor safety, improve the experience within the park, and respect the neighboring community, when the parking lot is full, guests are asked to make alternate plans. This may include visiting a nearby park instead, and coming back to visit Hidden Falls on a different day. Visitors cannot park along Mears Drive, Mount Vernon Road, or any of the private roads to access Hidden Falls. The California Highway Patrol enforces parking regulations on roadways outside the Park, and the Sheriff’s Department enforces rules within the Park. An alternative parking location for carpooling is available about 5 miles away, at the Placer County Government Center, 3091 County Center Drive. For information on other parks and trails nearby, please click on the link: Park full conditions and alternative nearby trails.
DURING RAIN OR INCLEMENT WEATHER
Park and trail closures are needed to maintain trail stability, permit drying, and minimize soil displacement. Reopening shall occur as soon as practical, given soil conditions.
ALL USERS - The entire Hidden Falls Regional Park will be closed:
- Rain, less than 1/2 inch: closure at County Discretion.
- Rain, more than 1/2 inch: 12 hour closure.
- Rain, 1-inch or more: 24 hour closure per inch of rain.
- Freeze/thaw cycle lasting more than 24 hours: 24 hour closure.
CYCLISTS AND EQUESTRIANS - In addition to above, all trails will be closed:
- Rain, any amount: closure at County discretion.
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
- Packing out any litter you bring or find
- Keeping dogs under control on a maximum six (6) foot leash
Hidden Falls does not have potable water for public or horse/animal use. Park users should bring plenty of drinking water for their visit, especially during times of hot weather. Cell phone service is very limited, and some trails are quite steep. Prepare to visit the park with proper hiking shoes, sunscreen, etc.
MAPS FOR HIDDEN FALLS
Trail System (Please download before visiting, cell phone / data service is limited.)
GRAZING AT THE PARK
Visitors to Hidden Falls may encounter sheep, goats or cattle grazing throughout the Park. Sheep and goats are being used for vegetation management to improve habitat conditions for native 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 animals
- Do not cross into fenced or penned areas:
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. Please visit our website at: http://www.placer.ca.gov/departments/communitydevelopment/planning/placerlegacy for more information about this program.
If you have any questions or encounter issues while visiting Hidden Falls, please call 530-886-4901 or email PlacerCountyParks@placer.ca.gov.
- 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 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 park gates will be closed that day. Please note this information and exit before closing.
Fees and Use
Refer to Reservation Information above.