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Hidden Falls Park - 9 Mile Trail

Intermediate
 4.3 (37) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A park trail with dozens of options.


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9.3

Miles

14.9

KM

70%

Singletrack

1,076' 328 m

High

416' 127 m

Low

1,060' 323 m

Up

1,069' 326 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

18%

Max Grade (10°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Unknown

Features -none-

Dogs must be on leash, and the park closes 1/2 hour after dark.

Overview

There are more than a dozen interconnected trails with countless options to increase or decrease trail length, climbs and downhills. If you're in the area, this is the place to go for a quick after work ride. The 9 Mile ride is just one of your possible options.

The area is very popular for hikers and horses and is hot in summer. Most of the hikers stay to North Legacy Way, South Legacy Way and the Hidden Falls Access Trail. Fire-roads have a loose gravel cover and some of the singletrack has been damaged with horse traffic but you have plenty of options to choose from.

Need to Know

There are a couple of nice scenic viewpoints at the start/end of the trail.

**IMPORTANT**: As of September 1, 2017, an $8 parking pass must be obtained online prior to arrival for weekends, holidays, and peak days. The site is placer.ca.gov/Facilities/Fa…. If you do not have a pass, you'll be turned away unless you can use your phone to create an account and purchase a pass. Sevice is spotty. The park also offers half-day parking, morning to afternoon and afternoon to evening for $4.

Description

Starting from the Sky Ridge Loop, ride up to the ridge line then down to Grey Pine Trail and South Legacy Way. Continue from fire road to descend to the creek, then follow along the creek on a mix of road and singletrack.

Turn right on Great Egret Trail and continue on this until you hit a short connector (the Gold Finch Trail) that puts you back on South Legacy Way across a bridge to Grey Squirrel Trail which starts with a short climb to some nice flat singletrack.

Head uphill along singletrack to Deer Trail. Head up this fire road for 1/2 mile until it connects to another fire road heading downhill (River Otter Loop). A short trip leads to North Legacy Way and you'll cross a bridge with a great view of the river and some swimming areas (scenic overlook here).

Immediately after crossing the bridge, take a right onto Hidden Falls Access Trail, a very rocky, narrow technical trail will tie back into North Legacy Way. Crossing another bridge will bring you back to South Legacy Way and an uphill climb back to the parking area.

Virtually all trails are clearly marked. See for yourself, there are only another 100 possible ways to run this trail system!

Contacts

Shared By:

Shayne Holderby with improvements by Scott Sandow and 1 other

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Jul 8, 2020
T Weber
Trail in great condition.
Oct 27, 2019
Carlos Romero
Sep 15, 2019
Ross Buchholz
Aug 31, 2019
Greg Nickle
Aug 30, 2019
Dirk Rider
Nice ride. Good for beginners 9mi — 1h 35m
Jun 7, 2019
Bill Forrest
Added the River Otter loop to the highlighted trails. Warning- there was a downed tree across the trail (as of 6/7/19). Just had to carry bikes around
Apr 17, 2019
Rusty Hopewell
Awesome intermediate riding. Lots of trail options to get off the main graveled and exposed road. Not too crowded. Very little mud. 8.5mi
Mar 30, 2019
Vadim Tkachuk
12.9mi — 8h 18m