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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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CLOSED: Pilot Creek Waterfalls (University Falls)
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

This is not really close. The Sheriff will not and can not enforce so call trespassing on fire road. This is locals trying to use intimation to keep you away. If you view all the people on the internet saying it is close it is locals. They do not even use real legal signage. I do understand some of their frustration at people that do not pack out what they pack in. It is funny they are trying to use EMS response time as a reason. I guess you should never hike anywhere when you do not have a cell signal. Enjoy the falls. I do.

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CLOSED: Pilot Creek Waterfalls (University Falls)
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37 Completed 9 Reviews

Arrived today at 11am, Two "guards" at the gate today threatening us with fines and or arrest for trespassing. New and improved signage stating private property and all hazards and dangers of hiking down to and swimming in the falls. Gate guards took our pictures and said he was calling the sheriff to get the peeps who were already down the trail. Makes me sad because it is such a beautil place to enjoy a hot summer day. I hope they figure out a way to allow entry. At least I made it there once.... Peace & Love

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CLOSED: Pilot Creek Waterfalls (University Falls)
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26 Completed 1 Reviews

Great little hike as long as you know where you are going. Multiple forks but they all lead to the falls. There was a person at the entrance saying that the falls was closed and no swimming was aloud but he let us pass and we were able to enjoy a great day at the falls. Pick up your trash and be respectful of others so this special place isn't ruined for everyone

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CLOSED: Pilot Creek Waterfalls (University Falls)
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4 Completed 7 Reviews

The falls are currently closed. This is being enforced. The lands that completely surround the falls are private. For more info see
http://ucanr.edu/sites/cff/Blodgett_Forest_Research_Station/Pilot_Creek_Falls_University_Falls/

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CLOSED: Pilot Creek Waterfalls (University Falls)
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4 Completed 7 Reviews

The falls are on private lands and access is restricted. You can be turned away and your car towed. See the landowner's website for up to date info. google pilot creek falls and select the ucanr... site

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CLOSED: Pilot Creek Waterfalls (University Falls)
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

The reason you may not see trash is because people who care are packing it out by the truck loads. The local community is working on closing access to the falls because of the growing concerns of disease from human waste, tons of garbage, illegal parking, massive amounts of human waste on trail, and vandalism of private water agency water pipes. This is PRIVATE PROPERTY. Clean up efforts will stop and water samples will be taken, CHP will be called, vehicles will be towed. Too many people have ruined it for those who know how to respect nature. The water is owned by the state of California and the State Water Board will need to get involved. If you live down stream from this beautiful community you drink this polluted water.

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CLOSED: Pilot Creek Waterfalls (University Falls)
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37 Completed 9 Reviews

This was a nice hike. We turned it into 7.5miles taking the first left after the gate. It's the 2nd left :) no worries easy hike down to the falls and lots of fun sliding and relaxing before the steeeeep rocky climb out. It was a Saturday and pretty crowded but I would guess only about 25% of the crowd was sliding so we didn't have to wait long. It wasn't as nasty as I had expected (from reading some of these reviews) most everyone packed out their trash. We are gonna go back again on a hot weekday soon! Good times!!

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CLOSED: 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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CLOSED: Pilot Creek Waterfalls (University Falls)
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7 Completed 7 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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CLOSED: 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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