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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  • jeanette

    Perfect duration for a hike!

    1 · January 4, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member


    1 · January 3, 2014

  • Pattie D.

    Brad led a great hike-perfect weather and so nice to hike on a trail with no snow and ice-may have to make a return trip

    1 · January 3, 2014

  • Jill

    I'm here but I don't see you. I'm in a white/tan Subaru sedan

    January 3, 2014

    • Brad M

      Sorry we missed you.. we leave the park and ride exactly at the indicated time for future info.

      January 3, 2014

  • Jill

    I haven't seen anybody here, so I think I'll catch yall the next time around. Happy trails!

    January 3, 2014

  • Brad M

    @ park n ride with german shepherd

    January 3, 2014

  • Brad M

    Note for people meeting at Sunsplash: I will be in the part of the park-n-ride that is closest to the road and Shell gas. It is a large parking lot.

    January 3, 2014

  • Marianne

    Will be at the Park and Ride

    1 · January 3, 2014

  • Mike M.

    Leaving Cameron Park at 1200pm meet at the trail head. Have room for car poolers if you live out this way.

    1 · January 3, 2014

  • jeanette

    Will be at Park n Ride

    1 · January 2, 2014

  • Michelle F.

    Hi Brad, See you all at Park N Ride! : )

    1 · January 2, 2014

  • Wendy F.

    I will meet the group at the trailhead

    1 · January 2, 2014

  • Pattie D.

    Jeannie and I are driving over "the hill" from Reno - we"ll meet at the trailhead - should be gorgeous day!!

    1 · January 2, 2014

  • Israel C

    Sun splash

    1 · January 1, 2014

  • Kelly D.

    Bummer..have a conflict. Would have loved this one.

    January 1, 2014

  • Alena C.

    C u at park n ride, will bring my sister and possibly my dad.:)

    1 · January 1, 2014

  • Kristine T.

    I will meet at sunsplash. Hope to catch a ride with someone!

    1 · December 29, 2013

  • Brooke

    Will meet at Sunsplash☺️

    December 23, 2013

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