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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)
by Alex Demchuk

2 Completed 2 Reviews

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Pilot Creek Waterfalls (University Falls)
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25 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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Pilot Creek Waterfalls (University Falls)
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6 Completed 4 Reviews

This is a beautiful hike. I love the trees as well as the waterfalls at the bottom of the trail. The only downfall is how crowded it is. It was pretty crowded with swimmers around the water source. The hike back up was somewhat challenging but I think the rating overall in terms of being a moderate level hike is pretty accurate.

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Pilot Creek Waterfalls (University Falls)
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1 Completed 2 Reviews

The falls are on private lands, and you must trespass to get there. No cell service, no garbage service, no restroom. No parking, and you may be towed or cited. Several fatalities and numerous injuries have occurred. Emergency response may take 2 hours. The signs say that swimming is not allowed due to unsafe conditions.

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Pilot Creek Waterfalls (University Falls)
by Jill B

1 Completed 1 Reviews

Fun hike. Beautiful scenery. The falls area is fun whether you are sliding down them or just watching people slide down. Good place to relax and have a snack before hiking out. The hike out is a good workout. Would do this one again if in the area.

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