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Seven Pools/Hidden Falls Loop - Beginner - 5.5 Miles

Title: Seven Pools/Hidden Falls Loop - Beginner - 5.5 Miles

Type: Loop, Scenic

Cool Features: Water Fall, Oak studded foothills, ponds, and of course YOU!


We will hike around some of the popular trails in the Hidden Falls Regional Park (details below). This is a very scenic, local, area that is very popular for hiking, biking, dog walking, horse-riding, and much more! We will stop to view the Hidden Falls and rest for a bit. On the way we will see the Seven Pools area from the top of a cliff, watch your footing here folks, this is a steep fall. We will go at a medium pace and try to enjoy the sights and sounds of nature..

The park is open from sunrise to sunset, 365 days a year, at no charge to visitors.  Park information link:

Best time to visit: The different seasons offer different views and features. The falls flow best after a rain.

Hike Route Map:


Poppy Trail to Blue Oak Loop to Seven Pools Vista to Seven Pools Loop to Quail Run to Blue Oak Loop to North Legacy Way to the Hidden Falls Access Trail where we will stop and take pictures, eat a snack, and enjoy the view. The way back from the falls is a more direct route out, down the Hidden Falls Access Trail and up South Legacy Way to the parking lot.

Elevation Gain/Loss: 750' (Training Hill Jr. is 1300')

Altitude at Trailhead: 990'

Terrain: Service Roads and Hiking Trails

Distance: ~5.5 Miles

Difficulty Rating: Beginner "Rating Chart"

(Not recommended for a first time hiker. If you can do Training Hill Jr. you will have no problem on this hike)

Fitness Level: Must be able to walk for 5.5 miles on relatively flat ground (like a street) at an average rate of about 2.5mph.

Expected Duration: about 2-3 hours for the hike (add additional time for carpooling)

Special Skills Necessary: Patience and practice.

Where to meet you: (in your RSVP, please post at which departure site we will find you):

Departure @ Sunsplash Park n' Ride (near Shell gas station): 1:00pm sharp

Departure @ Trail-head: 1:30pm  (see directions to trail-head below)

Type of travel: Carpool or meet at trail-head

Things to bring: Willingness to hike together as a group no matter what the speed of the slowest hiker. Willingness to stay between the sweeper and the leader.

Plus: 2 liters of WaterSunscreenBug Repellent, Appropriate footwear for safe travel on the surfaces of the hike. I recommend light hiking boots or athletic shoes with strong soles. It may be muddy. Windbreakers, mittens, and beanies are very useful on cold, windy days.

Plus Special Equipment: Bring a snack, cameras are okay, there will be a photo opportunity or two.

Membership Required: All adult participants must be Sacramento Trail Mix members. Minors are welcome when accompanied by their parent or guardian club member. Save time for yourself and others by completing your membership form online.

Event Fee: $0

Host Donation: You Decide

Suggested carpool donation: $3

Fees: N/A

Permits: N/A

Dogs: Dogs on a maximum 6 foot leash are okay in the park.

Beware that there is a lot of equestrian traffic out on these trails and it is recommended that your dog has been familiarized with horses before hiking down here.

Directions to the Park-N-Ride

From Sacramento: GMAP

From Reno/Truckee/Auburn: GMAP

Directions to the Trailhead

7587 Mears Place; Auburn, CA 95604


Take I-80 East to Auburn (approx 14 miles East from Roseville)

Take exit 119C for Elm Ave

Turn right onto Elm Ave travel 0.3 mi

Turn right onto CA-49 NORTH travel 2.4 mi

Turn left onto Atwood Rd travel 1.7 mi

Continue onto Mt Vernon Rd travel 0.6 mi

Turn left to stay on Mt Vernon Rd travel 1.0 mi

Take the 3rd right onto Mears Dr travel 0.5 mi

Take the 1st right onto Mears Pl travel .1 mi

Find a parking spot at the bottom of the hill. The left half of the parking lot is for equestrians only. Meet in front of the small building that is the restrooms.


Restrooms available: Portable toilet available at trail head and at the halfway point

Event Guide Contact Info: Brad,[masked]

Give me a call to only running a few minutes late please. We will leave down the trail at 1:30pm; I would also like to leave the Park-N-Ride at 1:00pm sharp; get to either place early. Hard rain or lightening will cancel event.




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  • Jessica

    This was my first Trail Mix hike, as well, and I thoroughly enjoyed the hike and meeting everyone. Thanks, Brad!

    December 28, 2013

  • Sabrina

    Great hike! Thank you, Brad!

    1 · December 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Very fun! Thanks Brad!

    1 · December 27, 2013

  • Kamal A.

    Easy paced hiked through the woods that gave me a pleasant feel for hiking in the hills of Auburn. Good company of cheerful hikers. Good job of organizing the event Brad!

    1 · December 27, 2013

  • Robert S.

    This was our first meetup with trail mix. We loved it and can't wait to do more. Thanks Brad for being a good host!

    1 · December 27, 2013

  • lynda

    Sorry I'm not going to make it afterall. I hope everyone enjoys the afternoon . I'll catch up with you next time.

    1 · December 27, 2013

  • Brad M

    Just leaving park-n-ride

    December 27, 2013

  • Brad M

    @ park-n-ride now

    December 27, 2013

    • Brad M

      Grey beanie and blue shirt

      December 27, 2013

  • Breena

    Yay I love hidden falls! One of my absolute favorite places, and it's so close!! Can't wait to see u all there : )

    December 27, 2013

    • Brad M


      December 27, 2013

  • BrendaB

    Brad... I was hoping to get enough done to escape for the hike today. So I'm shooting for the next scheduled hike. Good to see you're up and hosting again.

    1 · December 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll meet at the trailhead. :)

    1 · December 27, 2013

  • Malinda

    I will meet the group at Sunsplash

    1 · December 27, 2013

  • Jayne F

    Christina and I will met you at the trail head.

    1 · December 26, 2013

  • Kristine T.

    I have to cancel for tomorow. I bruised my foot and want to do the big hike on saturday hopefully. Maybe see ya next friday for this hike. Have fun!!!

    December 26, 2013

    • Brad M

      Hope everythings heals up well!

      December 26, 2013

  • Sabrina

    I will meet the group at Sunsplash

    1 · December 26, 2013

  • William J K.

    I'll meet everyone at the trail

    1 · December 26, 2013

  • Brian J

    Will meet you at the trail head at 1:30

    1 · December 25, 2013

  • Jessica

    I will meet at Sunsplash.

    1 · December 24, 2013

  • lynda

    I live near the park, so I'll see you at the trailhead.

    1 · December 22, 2013

  • Manny N

    Sunsplash Park n' Ride

    1 · December 21, 2013

  • Steve

    Will meet you at the trail head at 1:30

    1 · December 20, 2013

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