Hidden Falls Regional Park

Hidden Falls Regional Park

IMPORTANT!: Reservations are required on the weekends and other high use days. Please visit the Placer County website to make reservations.

In spring of 2013, this 221-acre regional park was expanded from 221 to 1,200 acres. It now offer 30 miles of hiking/equestrian trails in the Sierra Nevada foothills.

Acquired under the Placer Legacy Open Space and Agricultural Conservation Program, the park encompasses formerly private lands known as Didion Ranch and Spears Ranch. It 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.

Trails in the park are shared by pedestrians, cyclists and equestrians, and dogs must be leashed at all times.

The rule of thumb is that cyclists yield to horses and hikers, while hikers yield to equestrians. If you see or hear a horse approaching, step off the trail on the low side to let the animals pass. Never approach a horse unannounced from the rear.

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.

The park is 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.

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