Hidden Falls Trail

MODERATE 1,044 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

birding

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

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

Great hike to take my dog on.

hiking
2 days ago

I loved this trail. beautiful. Inclines made it a workout.

13 days ago

Awesome place to get out close to home! Very well maintained trail system!

hiking
17 days ago

Beautiful and well laid out! You can be entertained for hours. Just be sure to make a reservation on weekends

hiking
18 days ago

Super easy hike only a few steep climbs
Easter Sunday morning was great very few peeps out there

hiking
20 days ago

Awesome!!! Also make sure you have plenty of high quality H2O.

21 days ago

Hike was pretty chill going clockwise around the trail is pretty chill... it’s more downhill in the start then uphill on the way back!

Waterfall was cool but would have been cooler if you could go in it! Water was also pretty murky so did not jump in! There are two good lookout points along the trail (ones at the waterfall and one is just over the bridge after the waterfall)

Went on a Wednesday around 3:30pm and didn’t need reservations but you may need them on a busier day!

Overall the hike is more of a trail walk... would have given it a 3 Star if there wasn’t a waterfall to see!

Overall 3.5 stars!

1 month ago

This trail has been on my list to go for about a year; finally decided to go. Parking was a little different, you have to buy your parking tickets online before going. There's no ticket attendant to sell you tickets to get in but there is a park ranger checking if you bought the ticket.

The trail wasn't as exciting as I thought it would be. I had thought the trail would be near water majority of the time but I was wrong. Overall hiking experience was fine, easy, small steep hills and plenty of shades from surrounding trees.

Waterfall is fun to watch as well. Although the waterfall didn't appear to be that big maybe because there was no snow or rain lately.

Attempted fishing as well but no luck. I fished at the two waterfalls in hopes that it was fish and it looks like it had fish but nothing was caught.

hiking
1 month ago

Did the full loop and it was a beautiful hike. I love how you can take the side trails that branch off the the main legacy trail. Just beware of all the horse poop!

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike!

1 month ago

weekdays are where it's at. Beautiful hike.

hiking
2 months ago

Great family place to hike with tons of trails to choose from. We loved seeing all the horseback riders. Great for dogs as well.

2 months ago

I can’t rate this trail yet. Do Not Go on weekends or holidays if you don’t have parking reservations! They don’t sell them there and will turn you away. No where else close enough to park to hike.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike with tons of different trails. Great for dogs. Loved seeing all the horses !!!

2 months ago

Requires parking reservation.

walking
2 months ago

Fun trail to bring the dogs on. Very green and pretty on our spring-like February day hike

2 months ago

Great hike, especially to do first thing in the morning during the week before too many people are around! The bathrooms were closed but there were portapotties, at least. Make sure you keep track of the trail you want to do because there are a lot of them and it’d be easy to end up on an unexpectedly long hike.

2 months ago

I'm gonna give this a 3 star, one star off because the bathrooms were closed and there was no water, which we brought a lot with us and still ran out about halfway through, and one star off for all the damaged maps. It was a beautiful trail... however we bit off way more than we can chew. We accidently turned our nice moderate hike into 12 miles of hell. We started out on South Legacy then thought this is long, Creekside looks shortest so took that to get back, connected over to North Legacy, had to stop and cry because I ran out of water during the creekside portion and felt like I was dying, then connected back to south legacy for the final stretch... plan where your going!! don't be dumb and get lost like we did!!

2 months ago

Beautiful hike and the trials were clean and easy to navigate.

2 months ago

The trails are well maintained and the views are beautiful. There are so many trails, you can keep coming back and end up somewhere new each time. Great place to hike.

2 months ago

Easy to moderate hiking trails. Well marked. Beautiful park with easy parking. Went during a weekday so didn’t experience having to reserve anything. A few pretty waterfalls.

hiking
2 months ago

Requires parking reservations on the weekends

hiking
2 months ago

Love the landscape even in fall. Views were great, very clean and trails were well marked.

2 months ago

Make sure you print out online reservations before going. you can't buy them at the trail.

2 months ago

So many Trail options once you get there. Best maps and signage of any park I’ve seen. You can hike near the water for 7 Miles in a loop.

3 months ago

Couldn’t hike, now need to make a reservation on weekends.

3 months ago

This was beautiful even in the rain. The sounds of the water are so relaxing.

hiking
3 months ago

Wasn’t able to do the hike because starting last October they require a reservation on the weekends. Very disappointed and had to find another trail to hike. So if you do go on a weekday no reservation needed.

hiking
3 months ago

Awesome collection of trails. It's 8$ to reserve parking and you can do it online. The trails aren't too hard and I definitely will be coming back. Can't recommend enough.

3 months ago

We’ll be back; lots of different trails to explore. Well kept. They now require reservations and fees $4-8 weekends, holidays, and peak days— do this before heading out there preferably
(www.placer.ca.gov/departments/facility/parks/parks-content/parks/hidden-falls)

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