Hidden Falls Trail

MODERATE 1047 reviews

Hidden Falls Trail is a 3.2 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Auburn, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
488 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

stroller friendly

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

bird watching

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

Please Note: Visitors must make reservations for weekends and holidays online before accessing trail.

hiking
3 days ago

We've come here quite a few times with our dog. We typically do Poppy Trail to Blue Oaks to Seven Falls Vista/Seven Pools Loop to Canyon View to Hidden Falls. Takes us 2 hours round trip with the dog. Only encountered ticks on our pupp once in Late December a day after it rained but nothing since then. Make sure to always check online on weekends and holidays for parking reservation, you dont need it during the weekday.

Poppy Loop to Blue Oak Loop to Seven Pools Loop To Canyon View and then back to the start via North Legacy

hiking
5 days ago

Make sure you reserve beforehand since reception at entrance ranger’s gate may be spotty. Parking permit reservation is required for entrance. 2:30 pm to sunset is $4. Reservation also requires you create an online account. Click on “Other Link Parking Reservations” https://www.placer.ca.gov/Facilities/Facility/Details/Hidden-Falls-Regional-Park-53

Plenty of trails, the overlooks are stable and plentiful of rainfall recently that made the falls really enjoyable.

hiking
6 days ago

I loved this hike. I did a loop consisting of the Poppy Trail, then the two trails that ran along side the creek on either side, ending with the falls. With all the recent rain the falls are beautiful right now. Excellent winter hiking. Took me about 4 hours to complete.

7 days ago

great quick hike to the falls and back.

hiking
muddy
12 days ago

hiking
13 days ago

Great trail. While one side is stroller friendly, the other side is not, too rocky. But now that we know we will stick to one side of it when coming with a toddler.

23 days ago

beautiful easy and family hike for all seasons. there are other connecting trails the may be combined to this trail to do 8 to 10 mile hike. you can find beautiful flowers in spring time in this area.

hiking
25 days ago

Super easy and beautiful views!

hiking
26 days ago

Great trail! Good if you’re looking for something too do, but you don’t have a lot of energy. The hike is very simple and scenic. Main loop is a wide path, then there’s thinner trails that lead to separate scenic spots. Great if you have kids, dogs or even a horse (if you own one). You’ll possibly see some of the residential cows that roam the area as well. Don’t worry about snakes, not enough rocks for raddlers to burrow in. Lastly, bring a camera to capture the beautiful bridges and river below them.

Difficulty Rating: Easy
Quality/Up-keep Rating: 10/10

This trail isn't free to hike anymore. There's an online parking fee that needs to be payed before you park,
and there isnt any cell phone service at the park. make sure you purchase ahead.

hiking
1 month ago

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

hiking
2 months 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
2 months ago

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

2 months ago

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.

2 months ago

love this trail

3 months ago

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

walking
3 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

3 months ago

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

hiking
4 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.

4 months ago

Beautiful views!

5 months ago

Great trail. For this out-of-shape old lady it was more than moderate but still doable

5 months ago

I went on a Monday (no reservations required on weekdays!) and there were still plenty of people on the trails. Only downside is the drinking fountains are no longer working. One of my friends planned to fill her water bottle up there only to find that out. Bring water with you!

hiking
5 months ago

Make reservations on weekends !!!

5 months ago

The round trail shown here is not wheelchair accessible. You could go back on the same route and just get to the bridge that over looks one of the falls

hiking
5 months ago

Nice easy to moderate trail. There was a Mountain lion there today near the second falls so we didn’t go as far as planned. The first Falls was nice, light water, but some. A bit smoky but great trail.

6 months ago

new county policy you must have a reservation to park booked in advance. also they charge for the reservations. they pay park rangers to stand out and collect the money.

7 months ago

This trail has many options of different length hikes. They provide paper maps at the trail head to help navigate though the park.

hiking
7 months ago

Trail has many options for all levels of hikers. Many shady portions and great facilities. Make sure to bring plenty of water. The hidden trail leads you to some great overlooks and you can hike down to the trail. Make sure to reserve the day before. $4.00 for half day 6:30am-9:30am / All day $8.00. No cell reception so take screenshots of your confirmation when you reserve. Take a picture of the trail map before you head out.

7 months ago

Great for families.

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