Acquired under the Placer Legacy Open Space and Agricultural Conservation Program, the park encompasses formerly private lands known as Didion Ranch and Spears Ranch. Hidden Falls Regional Park includes three miles along Coon Creek as well as Hidden Falls, a 30- to 50-foot waterfall that flows year-round but is at its most furious in spring.
Picnic areas and restrooms, falls viewing decks, fishing and horse trailer parking are all available at the park. Trails in the park are shared by pedestrians, cyclists and equestrians, and dogs must be leashed at all times. The park also includes a 1 quarter-mile concrete ADA-accessible trail.
Two new bridges more than 100 feet long provide access to previously unreachable sections of the park. The hike to Hidden Falls is an easy, 5.6-mile loop.
Visitors to Hidden Falls may encounter sheep, goats or cattle grazing throughout the Park. Sheep and goats are used for vegetation management to improve habitat conditions for native plants and animals and to help prevent or minimize the effects of wildfires.
Hidden Falls Regional Park is located 46 miles northeast of Sacramento. Take Interstate 80 to Auburn and exit on Elm Ave (exit 119C). Turn right on Elm and right again on Highway 49. Continue 2.4 miles to Atwood Road and turn right.
Atwood will turn into Mount Vernon and make several dogleg turns…stick with it to the third right, which is Mears Road. Take the first right to stay on Mears Road and look for the park entrance on your left.