Dust on Your Boots
By Don Chaddock
I’ve always been an outdoorsy type, with my dad and grandfather taking me camping, hunting and hiking. While I no longer hunt, the scent of pine trees along the vast network of trails in the Auburn area can take me back to those childhood trips in the forest.
This is the first of a resurrected series dubbed Notes from the Trail. I regularly wrote this column about 10 years ago andVisitAuburnCA.com thought it was time to bring it back to life. This is by no means an advanced hiker’s guide but is geared more toward those who are just beginning to explore our trail systems. This guide is more like a primer.
Where: Hidden Falls Regional Park
Directions: Take Atwood Drive off of Grass Valley Highway (Highway 49) and follow the signs.
Note: Cell reception is spotty on the way and virtually nonexistent on the trail, so be prepared.
What to take: 2 liters of water per person, sunscreen, comfortable shoes.
Rating: Moderate to easy, depending on the trail.
This county park is a jewel. Restrooms are at the trailhead and there are various trail options once you get started. Grab a little trail map at the information kiosk.
My two little ones, 5-year-old Liam and 3-year-old Deirdre, made the trek all the way to the Hidden Falls but it did take plenty of prodding and rest breaks along the way. Luckily there is ample shade and a few benches to rest weary legs along the way.
The trail system, which is well marked, takes you through rolling hills and oak trees before ending up on a viewing platform overlooking the quaint falls.
It makes a great photo op so grab your cell phone for a selfie or tell your hiking partner snap a pic.
There is no admission charge for the park and parking is free.
Don Chaddock spent 25 years in the newspaper industry as an editor, reporter and photographer. Reach him on Twitter @anewsguy.
For more information please visit http://www.placer.ca.gov/departments/facility/parks/parks-content/parks/hidden-falls.