Again, Jasper and I started our hike before dawn, walking the first mile by a combination of flashlight and moonlight. I’m glad we did, because we were over halfway done before we encountered any other hikers on this popular trail. And we had only a mile left before we encountered our first equestrians.
I love horses. And I love dogs. But dog-horse interactions are highly unpredictable. As a result, I prefer trails that are not frequented by horses and their riders. Hidden Falls Regional Park is a great place to ride a horse. I don’t think it’s a great place to hike with your dog, though, unless you’re off the trail before the horse trailers arrive.
This is a pleasant hike for those who don’t mind sharing the trail with other users and are not looking for a strenuous workout. I’ll consider returning next year, to run the back trails of the park in preparation for Pike’s Peak 2015. (Just like I prepared for the 2012 event in Mt Airy.) Otherwise, it’s an area best left to the crowds.
Source: Salcedo-Chourre, Tracy. "Hidden Falls Regional Park." Best Hikes Near Sacramento. Morris Book Publishing, 2012. Print.
Length: 5.2 miles
Water: Deadman Creek, Whiskey Diggins Canal, and Coon Creek all had water. The seasonal creek crossed by Blue Oak Loop was dry.
Use: Heavy. The park’s website recommends visiting during off-peak days and times. I concur.
Differences from published description: Pond Turtle Trail and Turkey Ridge Trail (as described in the book) are now signed as South Legacy Way and North Legacy Way, respectively.
Jasper’s rating: 2.5 paws out of 5.
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