Hidden Falls Regional Park TrailS Expansion PROJECT

The Final Subsequent Environmental Impact Report for the HFRP Trails Expansion Project has been released and is available below.

A Parks Commission meeting is scheduled for Thursday, September 17, 2020 at 5:00pm in the Planning Commission Hearing Room located at 3091 County Center Drive, Auburn. Pursuant to social distancing requirements, capacity will be limited to 25 percent, therefore, it is recommended that participants join online through Zoom or by phone. 

Join the Zoom meeting by clicking here: https://placer-ca-gov.zoom.us/j/92621105120 .  Enter meeting ID 926 2110 5120 if prompted. You may use the "raise hand" function to provide public comment.

Join via telephone by calling 1-877-853-5247 or toll free at 1-888-788-0099. Enter meeting ID 926 2110 5120 if prompted. You can dial “*9” to provide public comment. 

You may also view the meeting at http://placer.granicus.com/mediaplayer.php?view_id=15&event_id=1080 

The meeting room will be open to in-person attendance. In compliance with the State's public health guidance, the County will limit attendance to 25 percent room capacity and require 6 foot social distancing. There will be no standing room. Once capacity is reached, any additional participants will be required to wait outside. Due to the reduced capacity, participants are asked to only enter the meeting room for your item of interest, and them exit in order to allow others to participate.

A Planning Commission meeting is scheduled for Thursday, September 24, 2020 at 5:00pm in the  Planning Commission Hearing Room located at 3091 County Center Drive, Auburn. Further information about this meeting is available at https://www.placer.ca.gov/2403/Planning-Commission

Project Description

The proposed trail expansion area is located northeast, west and east of the existing Hidden Falls Regional Park, and south of the Bear River in Placer County. The Project area is approximately 40 miles northeast of Sacramento. The existing Hidden Falls Regional Park area encompasses approximately 1,200 acres, and includes a parking area at Mears Place, as well as an already-permitted future parking area located off of Garden Bar Road.

The proposed expansion areas to the northeast of the existing park consist of the areas known as Taylor Ranch (321 acres) and Harvego Bear River Preserve (1,773 acres), as well as privately-owned parcels with trail easements, such as the Liberty Ranch (313 acres). The trails will also cross the Kotomyan Preserve (160 acres) and the Outman Big Hill Preserve (80 acres). These areas are owned by the Placer Land Trust and are to be held as conservation land in perpetuity. Entry to these areas is currently limited to guided tours led by the Placer Land Trust. Placer County has trail easement rights within these properties. The proposed expansion area also includes a 40-acre County-owned parcel off of Garden Bar Road, as well as County-owned connectivity properties and an easement between the existing Hidden Falls Regional Park and Taylor Ranch, and a 50-acre property located off of Bell Road (Twilight Ride property). All totaled, the proposed expansion area includes approximately 2,765 acres. The County has applied for a modification of the existing Hidden Falls Regional Park Conditional Use Permit which would encompass both the existing park and the Trail Expansion areas.

A parking lot and trail connection is proposed from the County-owned parcel off of Garden Bar Road to the west of the existing park. Additionally, parking and trailhead access is proposed from the Twilight Ride property on Bell Road, as well as from the Harvego Bear River property. 

An NOP was previously issued for the Project, inviting comment from January 31, 2017 through March 1, 2017. A Revised NOP was released from June 5, 2018 through July 6, 2018 because the project description had been amended to reflect the potential use of 50 acres located at 5345 Bell Road in Auburn (APNs 026-110-012 and 018) (the "Twilight Ride property") for additional trailhead parking (approximately 100 auto and 40 horse trailer spaces), as well as potential horse-boarding and concessions. Horse-boarding and concessions have since been removed from the Project Description. The Draft Subsequent Environmental Impact Report (Draft SEIR) was released for a 60-day public review and comment period from February 20, 2018 through April 20, 2018.

FAQs

A FAQ (PDF) is available that addresses the most common questions regarding the Hidden Falls Regional Park Trails Expansion Project.

Project Contact

For more information regarding the Hidden Falls Regional Park Trails Expansion Project, please contact Andy Fisher by phone at 530-889-6819.

Environmental Impact Report Documents

  1. Final Subsequent EIR
  2. Draft Subsequent EIR
  3. NOP of Subsequent EIR
  4. Final EIR
  5. Draft EIR
  6. Notice of Preparation of EIR