The Hidden Falls Regional Park near Auburn in California is a puptastic place to take your four-legged fur baby for a hike. The one-thousand two hundred acre park has over 30 pawsome miles of multi-use, pet-friendly trails. Parking during weekends and national holidays can be a problem, so the park officials have introduced an online reservation system for those days. Book your space before going. During the week, you won't need a reservation, and there's usually no charge either. Check out a trail map before you go, they're available for download from the park's website.
When you've parked your vehicle in the lot by the park entrance off Mears P1, you'll find you can access the maze of trails directly from there. Leash your pup and go exploring! There's so much to see here. Take lots of water, food and clean up bags.
How far you go and how many trails you hike depends on you and your pup. From the lot, you can hit the Sky Ridge Loop, then cross onto the Grey Pine Trail, followed by The Poppy Trail which runs alongside Deadman's Creek. There's a bridge over the creek, cross it, and you'll be on the Hidden Falls Trail which leads to the waterfalls. You'll find lots of interpretative signs about flora and fauna, benches for scenic rest stops and some puptastic viewing points too.
For a good leg stretch, try the North Legacy Way. It's a three-mile-long trail which cuts right through the heart of the park. To make your way back to where you started, cross over the Salmon Run Bridge and take the South Legacy Way. Your pup will be in their element on the tree-lined paths, alongside the creek or even in one of the secluded swimming holes. Have a pawsome time!
Keep you and your pup well away from any fencing. The park is used for grazing livestock and the fencing may be electrified.