Trails and open space provide proven health benefits and enjoyment for walkers, hikers, bikers, equestrians, and runners and provide access to the beautiful natural open spaces of Placer County for people of all ages. Existing trails are in heavy demand and trailheads are frequently over-burdened. The new trails and trailheads envisioned in the Hidden Falls Trails Expansion will be a major step toward enhancing recreational opportunities and community health in Placer County.
Approximately 30 miles of new trails through 2,500 acres of spectacular oak woodlands and scenery on permanently protected Placer Land Trust Preserves
Multi-use public trails for hikers, bikers, runners, and horse riders
Up to three new trailheads with parking
Two new bridges over Raccoon Creek will connect the current Hidden Falls Park to the Land Trust Preserves
Continued cattle grazing to preserve our agricultural productivity and reduce fire risk
The vision for the future is to connect these trails on Placer Land Trust Preserves with Bear-Yuba Land Trust Preserves in Nevada County as part of an unparalleled regional trail network
New public trails in the expansion area will be a combination of existing land trust trails, existing ranch roads, and new county-built trails
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County Project Description
Project Description: Hidden Falls Regional Park currently includes approximately 30 miles of trails that are open to the public. The Project would expand the trail system into areas northeast, west, and east of the existing park, where the County holds existing trail easements or owns property. In total, approximately 30 additional miles of trails would be added, along with the construction of two additional bridges over Raccoon Creek between the existing regional park trail network and Taylor Ranch (as well as one additional bridge over Raccoon Creek within Hidden Falls Regional Park that was analyzed under the prior EIR), additional parking, access areas, and other improvements, and possible improvement of off-site access roads. The park features in the expansion areas would include accessibility features compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, drinking water fountains and restrooms, on-site groundwater wells, fire suppression facilities, equestrian features (e.g., horse watering, hitching posts, barn, paddocks, horse boarding), other potential concessions compatible with the characteristics of the park (e.g., bicycle rentals, nature education classes), picnic areas, benches, bear-proof trash receptacles, and interpretive displays.
The parcels involved in the expansion to the northeast are either owned by Placer Land Trust, or are held in a Conservation Easement by Placer Land Trust, with associated trail easements held by the County. Other connecting areas west and east of the existing park are owned by Placer County or the County holds trail easements within the areas. The Project would require the County’s approval of a modified Conditional Use Permit (CUP) to cover the existing Hidden Falls Regional Park as well as the expansion areas. This modified CUP would supersede the existing CUP for the regional park, and would cover the development and operation of the existing and expanded trail network, the associated parking and roadway improvements needed, and other miscellaneous park amenities (listed in the prior paragraph).
The SEIR will evaluate the feasibility of parking and access improvements that would make optimal use of the parking area at Mears Place, would create opportunities to use already-permitted parking off Garden Bar Road on a limited, reservation basis, and would provide new vehicle access to and parking for trail network expansion areas to the north, at both the Harvego Bear River Preserve area and the Twilight Ride property on Bell Road. The phasing and associated road improvements discussed in the original EIR for the Garden Bar entrance will be further clarified. The SEIR will also consider a system whereby park access use permits could be issued to adjacent landowners who would provide overflow parking spaces/horse-boarding facilities to visitors, and management strategies that would link available parking to potential park users before they arrive at the site. Lastly, the SEIR will analyze the types of uses which will be allowed throughout the park.
Placer County Web Site for the Hidden Falls Regional Park Trail Expansion Project:
Frequently Asked Questions about the Hidden Falls Trail Expansion Project:
Revised Notice of Preparation for the Hidden Falls Trail Expansion Project (June 4, 2018):
Final Environmental Impact Report for the Hidden Falls Regional Park Project (December 2009)
Notice of Preparation for the Hidden Falls Trail Expansion Project (January 30, 2017)
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