Looking for a new place to go on a hike with your family and explore the outdoors? Hidden Falls Regional Park, a 1,200 acre piece of land, is located between Auburn and Lincoln, California and offers 30 miles of multiple-use trails for hiking, running, biking and equestrian riding. There are also observation decks for spectating the 30 ft. waterfalls, riparian habitat, unimproved picnic areas, swimming areas and fishing access.
The park was purchased by the County of Placer through the Placer Legacy Open Space and Agricultural Conservation Program. Open 365 days a year, the purpose of the program is to conserve the natural land, allow for passive recreation, provide education, and help preserve the local farm economy. Throughout the park, visitors can find informative panels mounted in various spots along the trails. On each panel, engaging information on the local flora and fauna within the park is displayed. Sheep, goats and cattle can also be found in the park grazing for the purpose of vegetation management and to provide more passive recreation opportunities to the public. This is done to improve habitat conditions for native plants and animals and to help prevent or minimize the effects of wildfires.
“The new outlook is an incredible viewpoint to relax and watch the water flow,” says Michele Giacomini, editor of DayTripper Magazine. “We usually hike spring through fall, but this is the first time we’ve hiked in November, and WOW!, now we know we’ve been missing out! The scenery is outstanding and there’s so much water flow this year.” (Which is surprising, because usually that happens more in the spring).
As far as which trails to take, there are several different ones that intersect at various points leaving you with multiple options for reaching the falls, as well as varying difficulty levels. Interested in bringing your dog along? The park is dog friendly, as long as dogs are on leashes.
“There are dogs EVERYWHERE, and all of them are on leash. We love seeing the parade of canines, horses, mountain bikers and hikers.” Michele continues, “This place really does offer a lot diversity for all types of day trippers.”
There is also free parking, although limited, and plenty of easily accessible maps to follow for each hike.
Hidden Falls Regional Park is a beautiful piece of land with appealing scenery and various options for activities. If interested in obtaining more information, please visit http://www.placer.ca.gov/departments/facility/parks/parks-content/parks/hidden-falls. Happy Trails!