Hidden Falls Regional Park Trail Network Expansion
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.
A parking lot and trail connection is also proposed from a County-owned parcel off of Garden Bar Road to the west of the existing park. Additionally, parking and trailhead access are proposed from the Twilight Ride property on Bell Road, as well as from the Harvego Bear River property. Figure 3 shows the existing regional park and the boundaries of the proposed trail network expansion areas.
An NOP was previously issued for the Project, inviting comment from January 31, 2017 through March 1, 2017. A Revised NOP is being released because the project description has 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.
A FAQ (PDF) is available that addresses the most common questions regarding the Hidden Falls Regional Park Trails Expansion Project.