Hidden Falls Regional Park




RESERVATION SYSTEM

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.  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.

Reservation Information:

  • Obtain reservations before arriving at the park via an online calendar linked to our web site.  Parking Reservations are not issued at the site.  At the end of the reservation process, a parking reservation pass will be issued.  Pass to be placed on the dashboard/rear view mirror of your vehicle during your stay at the park.
  • Reservation required on high volume days (weekends, holidays, as well as other days listed below).
  • $8.00 per vehicle – full day (sunrise to sunset).
  • $4.00 per vehicle – partial day (morning or afternoon).
  • Generally, no reservation or charge Mondays through Fridays (unless day falls on a holiday or high volume day).
  • 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.
  • No refunds are given for cancellations.  However, if you need to cancel your reservation for any reason (including trail closures due to weather), you may do so up to 48 hours prior to your reservation and receive a credit for a parking reservation for a future day.  Please request a credit by emailing the Parks Division at parks@placer.ca.gov.  Please check our social media sites or our website for trail closure information prior to heading out to the park.

Reservations are required on all weekends.  In addition, the following days during 2018 will require a parking reservation:  1/1, 1/15, 2/19, 3/26-3/30, 5/25, 5/28, 7/4, 9/3, 10/8, 11/22-11/23, and 12/21-12/31.

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 Twitter Facebook.

DURING RAIN OR INCLEMENT WEATHER

Trails are closed to cyclists and equestrians during and after rain events in order to maintain trail stability, permit drying, and minimize soil displacement.  Reopening shall occur as soon as practical, given soil conditions.  Notices of trail closure status are posted on our Facebook and Twitter sites daily.  Please check for trail closure information prior to heading to the Park.

LOCATION OF HIDDEN FALLS REGIONAL PARK

7587 Mears Place, Auburn, CA 95602
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.

WHAT DOES HIDDEN FALLS HAVE TO OFFER?

Hidden Falls offers approximately 30 miles of multiple-use, natural surface 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.  Portable restrooms are strategically located within the Park. 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.

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.
  • Packing out any litter you bring or find.
  • Keeping dogs under control on a maximum six (6) foot leash and removing their feces from the park.

BE PREPARED!

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

Location Map
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

Hidden Falls Regional Park was purchased and developed by the County of Placer through the Placer Legacy Open Space and Agricultural Conservation Program for the purposes of natural conservation and passive recreation. 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: Placer Legacy for more information about this program.

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 ran 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.  We welcome your participation in the process and 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: Hidden Falls Regional Park Trails Network Expansion .

CONTACT US
If you have any questions or encounter issues while visiting Hidden Falls, please call 530-886-4901 or email PlacerCountyParks@placer.ca.gov.

Amenities

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

Location

7587 Mears Place, Auburn, CA 95602

Hours

Hidden Falls Regional Park is open to the public 365 days a year, from sunrise to sunset.  Each day, at the entrance to the trail system, 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.