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Hidden Falls Trail

MODERATE 1266 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: 475 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

Please Note: Visitors must make reservations for weekends and holidays online before accessing trail. For more information, please see https://www.placer.ca.gov/2617/Hidden-Falls-Regional-Park

A fun day after Thanksgiving hike!

hiking
15 days ago

Great trails. Several options to make your hike as long or as short as you want. Beautiful lookout points near the beginning of the trails to stop and have lunch. Trails are marked clearly. Reservations are required weekends and holidays.

hiking
22 days ago

There’s really only 2 water falls to look at once you hike down the gravel path for a couple miles...

hiking
27 days ago

Nice hike. Lot of connecting trails to extend the trip.

28 days ago

A decent trail with an awesome water feature. Dont just enjoy it from the overlooks, find a place to hangout by the water.

hiking
rocky
1 month ago

We did this hike October 2019 with our eight year old son and two-year-old daughter. I like that at least half of the trail was shaded. The waterfall was pretty and there was a little swimming hole at the base of it. The water was freezing cold but felt refreshing. if we had known ahead of time we could swim we would have brought more appropriate clothing. what we didn't like was that we were mostly "hiking" on a gravel road. not really much of a hike and it was not very scenic.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful trails with several waterfalls. Lots of shade and very friendly people on the trails. Horses are plentiful too but watch out for the poop. Lol. One of my fav trails!! ❣️

hiking
snow
1 month ago

We hiked the trail at the end of Oct. We had a great time hiking in the snow and the falls looked amazing with the snow covered rocks. Trail had well marked signs and was easy and full of great views of Lake Jenny.

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome trail! One of my first hikes so doesn’t take too much experience. Some routes in Hidden falls will definitely test your cardiovascular capabilities but nevertheless it was so much fun! I went with my 2, three year old Boston Terriers , and it was their first hike. We did a total of 5.21 miles! TONS of shade & awesome views. Will definitely do again—-October 15th, 2019.

hiking
1 month ago

We came here last weekend, so this time we wanted to go at least 5 miles this time, last time we did 3.9. We took the longest way around and really enjoyed being out here, it’s really kept up nicely besides the damn horse poop everywhere

hiking
2 months ago

This is an amazing trail with a couple water spots to stop and put your feet in. So many trail actions and perfect for dogs, my little 1.5 year old LOVED the trail

hiking
2 months ago

I’m not quite certain that I would consider this moderate... I’ve been here a few times and always felt like I was missing something. It’s okay. Great for dogs and kids, but hardly awesome. I liked the cows..

hiking
2 months ago

I have hiked this trail twice, once in spring and once in fall. Make a parking reservation online. Bathrooms at trailhead, although closed due to water issues but they had port-a-potties. This time, we took the gravel road to the bridge where we crossed, then took the dirt trail along the creek to the waterfall lookout. Last time, we took Poppy trail to the bridge, which was dirt and more wooded. The Falls were surprisingly strong for this time of year (fall). Great swimming hole down below. We brought 4 kids ages 3-7 and they did great. Look out for poison oak along the trail!

hiking
2 months ago

When on week day in late September, did the hike as the double loop. Only a few hikers around. Would suggest not doing the top section as a loop, avoid the top gravel section, by using the dirt section as an out and back. Still lots of water and the falls were a treat at the end before heading back.

hiking
off trail
2 months ago

Very nice and clean trail, though there is a new process where you have to make a reservation and buy your entrance ticket online.

hiking
2 months ago

Good trail that provide access to so much more in the Hidden Falls Park. In addition, I did the River Otter Loop, connecting to the Dear Trail and back on the Creek Side Trail along Coon Creek. This was my first time there. More folks started to show up around noon, as I was hiking back. There is so much more there that the Hidden Falls access trail but if that all you do with the family and dogs, you’ll enjoy it. The area is well managed and clean. This was a great Sat, Sept 22/19 with perfect temperature, lots of shade on trails I did and I enjoyed it.

hiking
3 months ago

Great easy hike with pretty nice views. The parks department has done a lot to maintain the trail, bridges, paved walkways. Excellent for kids and amateur hikers, but I prefer something a bit less impacted. We hiked in mid October, and it was excellent.

hiking
no shade
rocky
3 months ago

mountain biking
3 months ago

Nice Trail with a lot of options to cycle

hiking
3 months ago

nice trail, good to go early morning. half shady and half sunny. there's a $8 parking fee for full day. requires on line purchase in weekends. parking can get full.

hiking
3 months ago

Love this hike and it had a river along the trail to take a quick break if needed. Dogs allowed!

hiking
4 months ago

hiked 7/27/19 fun trail! my family and I are not very experienced hikers, and this was a great workout for us! started on the poppy trail which is more shaded that the other trail, then switched to the hidden falls access trail. after seeing the two falls., we did a lot of exploring down by the water, even got about knee deep in. would love to come back! started at 8 am, finished around 11 but with a high of 105° today we wanted to get our workout in early!

hiking
no shade
4 months ago

Hiked on 7/22/19. Not a bad hike but not a lot of shade or scenery. The grass was dried out by this time and the trail is mostly dry and scarce. Once we made it down to the creek the water was really refreshing and our dog enjoyed playing in the water. The hike out was a very moderate incline, nothing crazy but just enough to work up a little sweat. Would’ve enjoyed a little more greenery or water during this hike but overall not bad for a 3-4 mile hike. And there aren’t any actual falls, at least at this time of the year.

hiking
5 months ago

Great hike! I usually loop back through the Seven Pools Vista tail

hiking
5 months ago

Not completely stroller friendly! The first mile is then we had to ditch the stroller to get down to the falls. It was a nice hike, but we didn’t hang out long at the overlook because it was in the direct sun and too hot. The way back to the parking lot was uphill and hot so glad we went first thing in the morning. We did see a rattlesnake so keep your eyes open. Once you get down to the river it gets more shaded but the hill down and up does not have much shade cover.

hiking
5 months ago

Super fun place to hike with lots of trail options and hills. The waterfalls were beautiful.

hiking
6 months ago

definitely was not stroller friendly if want to see the water fall

6 months ago

fantastic place to hike

6 months ago

An excellent spot for beginners!

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