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I hiked this trail in January so it had rained recently. There were a few streams cutting through the trail path, most you are able to just go through without a problem, I did get my feet soaked at a couple locations, but other times I had to back track and pick a different path due to the depth of the water. This was not a big deal to me but keep that in mind if you are planning on hiking it during the wet months. Overall, it’s a beautiful and peaceful hike.

trail running
22 days ago

I really liked this trail. It was a nice change of pace from running the mainly flat paths in Sacramento. There are some nice elevation changes, it is well marked, and the novelty of running so near the prison was kinda fun. There are also a bunch of other trails that hook up with this one, making it easy to stretch your activity about as far as you’d like. I parked at Rodeo Park where you can easily pick up the trail. Lots of free parking there.

hiking
22 days ago

Very clean and comfortable place to hike and get in the water to play!

Nice trail pretty decent views

nice trail! easy and flat

very pretty hike! can be done with a jogging stroller too if you dont mind some rocky areas and a couple steep hills

hiking
27 days ago

Nice easy walk

easy walk with nice views.

hiking
1 month ago

Very serene park in Auburn with multiple trail options. The scenery is beautiful and you can hear the sound of water flowing for most of the hikes. The hidden falls outlook is a great spot to enjoy the waterfall but walking past it and going down the steps to be by the water is the best part. The blue and red hues of the rocks makes you really appreciate the geological aspect of this park. The trail is generally moderately trafficked and you’ll see a few bikers as well as horses. Be sure to make an online parking reservation if you go on the weekend.

hiking
1 month ago

The waterfall was so beautiful and peaceful! Definitely going to come back :)

walking
1 month ago

Trail is paved, but there are plenty of light bouldering opportunities if you choose to go off trail. If you enjoy photography the trail affords some beautiful "mini-rapids," and plenty of beautiful vistas.

I did the full Olmstead Loop. This is a pretty hike on a beautiful fall day. The trails are mostly flat, with a few uphill climbs around Knickerbocker Creek. Saw a coyote and many birds. I got a tick despite wearing long sleeves and pants, so I’ll wear bugspray next time.

For weekend visits, you will need reservations ON LINE. Staff there were courteous, they turned me away and asked me to make a reservation outside. A mile away where I could park my car, but couldn’t get any cell phone signal to make online reservation. This is a stupid policy, I decided to go somewhere else. I saved myself $8.

love this trail

There isn’t any art on it yet so it’s just a paved trail with very little shade.

hiking
1 month ago

I took my wife, toddler, and two dogs. We did a loop that combined multiple trails. Great views, great workout, tired son and dogs.

Beautiful trails and waterfalls, great for a family hike. My kids spent a few hours splashing around in the river. What a fun day!

trail running
2 months ago

This trail has no bathrooms it water fountains! Not have water isn't a bit deal because your can bring your own, but they should at least have a couple portapottys along the trail! Luckily there's some stores if you go up to the Sculpture Park area and can use one of the bathrooms there. It also isn't good for long runs, unless you don't mind running back and forth on it. Having said all that, the trail is nicely paved and has rolling hills-nothing too steep.
I wish it was longer (I miss living by the American River bike trail) but more than that, I wish it had at least one bathroom!

this is more like a biking/running trail than leisure hiking. paved all the way. the lower part is nice and wooded, but the upper part follows a road on one side and a barn wire prison fence on the other. in the quiet moments between cars going by there were lesser goldfinches and even a bluebird.

2 months ago

Moderate easy and dod friendly. Runs along the American river so there are places to stop for the dogs or relaxation.

walking
2 months ago

It's the beautiful place. Highly reccomend! Awesome place for family, horses riders, bicycles. There are a lot of trails there. So you can choose if it will be easy or not. There is waterfall what makes this place better. Reccomend

A walk - not a hike. Relaxing and comfortable but more a trail for horses then walkers. I will not walk it again. Good walk for old people or those looking for an easy day in in the county.

Easy, mostly wooded trail running along creek with great view of waterfall from nicely built overlooking deck at far end of loop.

Beautiful

Great dynamic trail with a bunch of beautiful homes to look at during certain sections of the trail. Impossible to get lost and not too long or to short.

Great trail! Yes, it goes through a neighborhood in spots but the houses and yards are gorgeous so no complaints. Made for some nice sight-seeing. There were definitely some challenging hills and technical parts of the trail. Great for Spartan/OCR or trail racing training. The weather was perfect and only saw one person the whole time. Trail is well maintained and well marked.

3 months ago

Nice trail, mostly up hill on the way in. Not many places to sit and enjoy the views, but overall it was good. Some mountain bikers, simple just keep a eye open! Have fun

hiking
3 months ago

It a pretty fun trail. I’m fairly new to hiking and am a pretty heavy gal so this was a great beginning trail for me. There were a few spots that were slightly challenging but overall it was a beautiful hike. I would recommend hiking down to the stream on the southwest side of the bridge and lookout point, there is a great spot to rest and chill by the creek.

My wife and I walked this trail with our dogs. It wasn't a tough walk, but the trail surface changes a lot so its worthy of hiking boots, and the trail was easy to find and follow all the way to the falls, and who doesn't like walking along a river. It's pretty even late in the year and one area had a lot of wild grapes that were delicious. The creek size waterfall was flowing well and cascaded about 30ft down the side of the hill, so mission accomplished. We followed the trail for about a 100 yards past the falls but it got pretty tight and then became hard to follow so we decided to head back. It was a pleasant walk and we even saw a bear about a 1/4 mile from the trailhead on the way back, and he wanted nothing to do with us. I would say we might do it again in the early spring but at that time of year the creek may make it hard to get access the waterfall.

3 months ago

Great hike, easy to moderate. Unfortunately the mine is now blocked off, however, there are many accommodations along the trails including porta potties and tables.

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