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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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Pilot Creek Waterfalls (University Falls)
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

WHAT A SHAME: Cars are being towed away for parking on the street, garbage is being left everywhere, people are going to the bathroom in random spots..hey ya gotta go you gotta go right? Let's all do our part to clean up...when I was young we all carried our garbage out and, well we buried out poop. lol Please be respectful and stop those who aren't or we will all lose the privilege of visiting the falls. Cheers
Also...drink at your own risk, and there is no 4th fall.

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Pilot Creek Waterfalls (University Falls)
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3 Completed 3 Reviews

Local swimming hole, take this hike in the summer if you want to end your hike with a swim, spring if you want to avoid crowds.The trail winds down and down, be prepared for a hearty walk back up.The parking is very limited by a closed gate, -do not block the gate or they will have a legal reason to tow you.The trail is basically a road that has been closed off, back in the day most people drove as close to the falls as they could to go swimming.Obviously someone does not want people coming here because there are signs all over the place stating the water is polluted and you will be towed ect.,ect.....Either threats from nearby property owners or the county is getting tired of retrieving bodies from the water hazards, not sure which, but at any rate it does not seem to stop anyone.Follow the signs left by other friendly hikers and listen for the sounds of the rushing water to get there.When you reach the water you will see a series of waterfalls cascading over the rocks into deep pools.The rocks are worn smooth enough to serve as a natural water-slide, super fun if your daring enough, just remember this is not like at a theme park or something, you are taking chances and its a long way to any medical services,be careful.Also for some reason people often like to leave their trash around these kind of beautiful water features, often in the form of broken glass,now let me tell you, if i step on some broken glass an i see you littering, your gonna leave with a broken arm.Dont be a dick-clean up after yourselves, pick up the glass, diapers, water bottles and hey- it does not hurt to pick up a lil garbage now n then even if it was not yours.I would not recommend this for fishing as people are often swimming here and if you want to keep your catch you will have a long way to pack it out.This place is a little slice of swimmers paradise hopefully steps will be taken to preserve it and make it a bit more hiker friendly.

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Pilot Creek Waterfalls (University Falls)
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11 Completed 3 Reviews

Hike was easy and fast, but the best part was the falls at the end. Water is freezing but well worth it. Be careful and be safe!!

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Pilot Creek Waterfalls (University Falls)
by Alex Demchuk

3 Completed 3 Reviews

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Pilot Creek Waterfalls (University Falls)
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27 Completed 8 Reviews

We just did this hike a few weeks ago. It was AWESOME. The trail is well marked with little twig arrows at every intersection but my group wasn't paying attention and didn't know you sometimes have to go searching for the arrows. We got lost several times and ended up hiking around 8-8 1/2 miles. On the way back out we saw all the arrows we had missed on the way in! When in doubt just follow the sound of the creek. These falls are beautiful and the fourth fall reminds me of something in a tropical location. I don't know what the falls look like during normal water flow but I honestly don't see how anybody can be stupid enough to go down the 4th fall and think they will make it out in one piece, but I guess if you are drunk enough some people will try anything. I can't wait to go back when I have more time to explore more. If we had gone the right direction I would rate this on the easy side of moderate. There is only one steep stretch and it doesn't go for too long. The rest of the trail is fairly flat. Footing is SLIPPERY in many places, not just on the wet granite but on the steep portion of the trail as well so wear some good hiking shoes and be prepared to fall at least once. Everyone in my group took at least one tumble :-)

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Pilot Creek Waterfalls (University Falls)
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1 Completed 2 Reviews

the falls are currently CLOSED. Visit the website for up to date info: http://ucanr.edu/sites/cff/Blodgett_Forest_Research_Station/Pilot_Creek_Falls_University_Falls/

Heavy equipment is operating on the trail. It sends debris flying at over 200 mph. The falls are on private lands and are not even open to the public in the first place. You will likely be turned around if you try to go.

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Pilot Creek Waterfalls (University Falls)
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Pretty hike, trees, greenery, lots of shade which is probably good in the summer. The trail is wide in most parts and then towards the water down below it gets a little narrow on the hillside. Difficulty was moderate. I was not prepared or didn't know what to expect and we kept a good pace coming up so I was a little winded. :-) I recommend going here. For the most part it was clean but the summer crowd hasn't hit yet obviously. Hopefully it stays clean because I would def do this hike again. We did not make it to natural water slides so next time I will definitely make it a point to go see them.

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Nevada Point Trail
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8 Completed 1 Reviews

Done this in January 2014, low water warm weather. Trail was fine and dry. It's 1.5 miles down from the trail head to the nevada point bridge. The elevation gain is a drop from 3000 to 1600 (1400 foot).
Took us 3 hours total.
Not sure why the info pane says 10.6 miles.

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Pilot Creek Waterfalls (University Falls)
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2 Completed 2 Reviews

6 miles in and out. Nice pools of water at the end. The pools were surprising cold in the middle of August.. Bunch of drunks hike this trail so expect trash all over the place.

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Pilot Creek Waterfalls (University Falls)
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11 Completed 11 Reviews

I went on this hike with some friends of mine. We were part of a hiking meet up. Beautiful, wide trail with some elevation loss and gain. The waterfalls and pools were awesome, although we chose not to get in. Had we gone later in the year, that would have been different! Here's a link to my blog entry with more photos of the hike.

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