Hidden Falls Regional Park
Welcome to our new blog! Here you will find discussions on a variety of topics pertaining to pet health, safety, and fun. In this series, titled Dog Walk Blogs, Peaceful Pets hopes to inspire you to enjoy some of the beautiful settings we have around the Northern California area to explore with your dogs. This weekend we adventured to Hidden Falls Recreational Park in Auburn, about an hour away from Sacramento. The weather was perfect. We had 4 dogs and 3 humans total, as family members Mama Strickland and Lily came too.
We arrived around 1:30pm to find the park ranger turning cars away as the parking lot was full. We found parking along Mt. Vernon Rd. and began a long walk to the park. About a half mile in, we noticed the ranger drive away, so Dana returned to the car and picked mom, James, and the pups up and headed to the parking lot. A good thing, too, as it looked like a 2-3 mile walk to simply make it to the park entrance.
At the start of the trails are restrooms (currently out of service), and outhouses. The water fountains are also currently our of service due to an e.coli contamination, so we recommend bringing plenty of water for you and your pup(s). The map shows several beautiful hikes to take. Due to our unfamiliarity we chose what looked like a fairly simple hike to start, Poppy Loop. This trail leads to a bridge. At the bridge take the North Legacy Trail to make it the rest of the way to the observation deck overlooking the falls.
It was about a 3.5 mile hike to the observation deck for the falls. Mom was a trooper, as most of it was up hill and rocky, but she said it was well worth it.
On our way back we came across another small viewing area. This would be better for those looking for an easier, shorter hike, and would be about 3.5 miles round trip. To make it to this spot, simply turn right to start on Poppy Loop. Taking the softer dirt path versus the gravel one straight ahead.
All in all, we had a good time, and we learned a few things along the way. As such, here are our recommendations for this excursion:
- Arrive early in the day to get parking on the weekends. The park opens at 6am. Better still, go during the week to avoid peak times.
- Bring plenty of water for yourself and to share with your dog(s)
- Pack snacks for yourself and treats for your dog(s)
- Wear comfortable shoes made for walking or hiking
- Visit Hidden Fall's website for additional helpful information
Thanks for stopping by! Have you been to Hidden Falls? Do you have suggestions for other dog friendly walks you would like the Peaceful Pack to visit? Please post a comment below.