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Hidden Falls Trails

Auburn, CA

Hidden Falls Trails is a 5.6 mile loop trail located near Auburn, California that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for birding, hiking, nature trips & walking and is accessible year-round.

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Yankee Jim's-Indian Creek Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Absolutely beautiful trails with great views of the American River! In the springtime all the poppies and windflowers are in bloom but spring also means tons of ticks and poison oak. I would highly recommend that dogs should not go on this trail, I literally picked over 40 ticks off my two dogs. Great trail but beware!

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Stevens Trail
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8 Completed 8 Reviews

Great views , cool caves and an awesome swimming hole at the bottom! The hike back up is tough

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Stevens Trail
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15 Completed 8 Reviews

Great hike, easier going down to river.... imagine the one waterfall/ stream crossing would be difficult in a non-drought year (especially if one has a fear of heights)..... may use lower bike path to circumvent this area. The mineshaft/cave is really cool but the views are the real pleasures of this hike, and still had quite a few creeks running - beautiful. Definitely strenuous on the climb back up. Conserve your water, and it gets quite hot with long unshaded parts so start early.

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Stevens Trail
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2 Completed 2 Reviews

What a great hike! Had everything that I look for! Terrific views and a good workout! It's an easy hike going down, there's three awesome spots! The waterfall (best in the spring) and shorty after there's a rocky cliff that has a breathtaking view (great for pictures.) there's also a cave but I wouldn't encourage venturing in too far. Once you reach the bottom, there's a great spot to swim and I often see people gold panning. It wasn't hot enough today to swim, but the hike was very peaceful and the way up served a good workout for my legs.

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Stevens Trail
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2 Completed 3 Reviews

What a great Trail to take. Waring!!! do not try this trail if you are out of shape like me :) I loved this trail It was a great challenge I would rate this Trail a Moderate trail. I hiked the North Trail too were it is supposed to loop around to the south trail, but the North/South trail is not well Marked at all. I ended up hiking back on the North trail since I could not find the South Trail. It took a little over 5hr 20min.

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Stevens Trail
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7 Completed 7 Reviews

Stunning scenery from wooded hills to mountain side vistas with a watery reward at the bottom!

Age:34 and in shape.

Easy decline with awesome views. Bring a camera and binoculars. Obviously add water and some kind of trail mix or snacks to the pack.

Heard there was still hold in the river at the bottom so possibly a gold pan. (Encountered a gentleman carrying a sluece box out)

Hiking out is more strenuous so be prepared for that if your fitness level isn't like it used to be ;)

Will do this one again.

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Stevens Trail
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2 Completed 2 Reviews

Very nice day hike with the family, not too difficult for younger kids.

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Stevens Trail
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3 Completed 1 Reviews

Beautiful trail! Remember to leave yourself plenty of time to explore the pools on the river. Naturally, the return trip from the river valley has lots more uphill than the trip in, so allow more time for the return hike. There's a little cave that's great for meditating -- the darkness and silence are palpable. It's a sacred space, so enter with respect.

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Stevens Trail
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6 Completed 5 Reviews

I give this trail 5 stars because you get a little bit of everything on this hike. The first part takes you through a wooded area where it is nice and cool (about 45 min). Then there's the cool coal-mine cave. Then the waterfall, except we went on 9/1/2013, so no falling water for us. Then there's a trail (mostly sun) along the ridge. This ridge is about 2 feet wide and there's mostly cliff overhang. If you are afraid of heights, this might not be the trail for you. I'm afraid of heights, so I never looked over the ridge, and kept my eyes only one step ahead, and that got me through the 1 hour section of danger. I took my time - we stopped for frequent water breaks - and it took us 2hrs up and 2 hrs back. After that, you will reach a creek of flowing water and shade. I stayed there while my daughter went swimming in a different spot. There are lots of spots to walk down and swim, but remember, once you walk down, you have to manage to get back to the path. The water is clear, clear, clear! The views are everywhere along the trip and are beautiful! There was little traffic when we went. Probably because of the Rim fires. We met a couple who said they hike there all the time and normally the parking lot is full. So, keep that in mind and get there early if you want to get a good parking spot. We did not find hiking out difficult at all. There is an incline (not severe), but if you're use to walking and can stay on your feet for at least two hours, you should do fine. The swim at the end is worth this hike! Enjoy!
On the way back to the car, we ran across a guy mountain biking down the mountain on the 2 foot path (with the cliff overhang) - seeing that, made our jaws drop! LOL
Recommendations: Walking Sticks, bug repellent is a must! and lots of water. Snacks are optional! We didn't bring binoculars, or a camera, however, both of those would have added to this trip.

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Stevens Trail
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9 Completed 2 Reviews

Great hiking trail! All downhill meaning the way back is all uphill - which is a bit of a butt kicker, especially after swimming with the kids and dog.

There is a lot of poison oak on the borders of the trail. The first part of the trail is absolutely awesome - it is a beautiful oak forest but it eventually gives way to a ledge trail that isn't all that wide and is very exposed to the sun.

Be careful if you bring a dog - we jogged from shade to shade to make it easier on ours (she's a Heeler/Pointer).

Also, on our way out we came across the biggest rattlesnake we have ever seen! It was chilling on the trail after the sun had dipped behind the foothills.

All in all, great hike and yes we did explore EVERY inch of the cave - it isn't really that big but it is very cool - both literally and figuratively.

Items to bring: At least 2 liters of water per person, flashlight, sunscreen, bug spray (mosquitos), bathing suit, towel, snacks, gold pan, and hiking companions who aren't going to whine and moan hiking uphill on the way out.

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