Important: 7-day a week parking reservations required until further notice during the COVID-19 crisis. Follow park social distancing measures. Learn more online: https://www.placer.ca.gov/6106/Hidden-Falls-Regional-Park
Hidden Falls Trail is a 3.2 mile loop located in Hidden Falls Regional Park – just outside Auburn by 10 minutes.
First off, the drive out there is beautiful. The park itself is along the Placer Wine Trail that winds through a gorgeous stretch of the foothills.
Shameless plug to the wine trail: it’s awesome. The beauty of that area is enough to check it out, even if you aren’t into wine. If you are into wine and haven’t been, do yourself a solid and plan a visit.
Wait, what were we talking about again? Oh yeah, the trail.
Here’s what struck me the most about the Hidden Falls trail: 1, there’s an abundance of wildflowers at the beginning of the trail 2, there are stretches that feel like you’re in a thick rainforest; 3, you can hear the soft bumbling of a stream that feeds into the waterfall you eventually come to; and 4, the overlook structures are NICE! You can get a glimpse of the well-constructed features in one of our pictures. (I’m sure one could be opposed to this, but hey, you can’t argue that it’s nice?).
Distance: 3.2 mile loop; or you could do an out-and-back to the falls, which is about 1.2 miles in.
Difficulty: This hike is medium difficulty. Expect a decent amount of incline, especially if you want to trek down to the river bank. The incline of the last stretch on your way back to the parking lot can sneak up on you.
Put Hidden Falls Regional Park in your GPS and you’re good-to-go. You know you’re getting close when you start seeing a lot of “PRIVATE ROAD” and “NO TRESPASSING” signs of the residents near the park… I imagine some people get lost, so these are helpful guides of where not to go. 😂
PLEASE NOTE: the park has experienced significant amounts of growth over the years, and is busy over the weekends. In fact, on the weekends, you must reserve a parking spot which costs up to $8. Click here for details on that.
No reservations or cost during the weekdays. I’ve only been to the park on weekday afternoons; it’s always been calm and pleasant with plenty of available parking.