Trails & Recreation

Placer Land Trust believes that spending time in nature improves our quality of life by creating opportunities to improve our health, deepen connections with loved ones and with the natural world around us, explore and experience new adventures, and allows true experiential learning to take place. That is why we are raising $750,000 through our Trails & Recreation Capital Campaign so we can build 20 miles of new trails, creating access to 3,000 acres of permanently protected Sierra Nevada foothills wilderness for YOU!

We are FOREVER grateful to everyone who contributed their time, talent or treasure to this campaign! Those thoughtful donors have made it possible for future generations to enjoy more opportunities to soak in the many benefits of nature that these trails will bring. We can’t wait to see our grandchildren taking in the beautiful oak woodlands, exploring Racoon Creek, watching local wildlife in their protected habitat, and learning all about the natural world around them from land and trails made possible by PLT members! THANK YOU!!!

What will the Racoon Creek to Bear River Trail System offer?

• We have been working toward an expansive regional trail system since we first began protecting land in the Big Hill area north of Auburn in 2007. This vision of 20 miles of new trails will connect to the 30 miles of existing trails at Hidden Falls Regional Park, creating an unprecedented 50 mile continuous trail system in the foothills.
• This trail system will be great for runners, mountain bikers, and equestrians who are looking for a longer adventure—you can park at Hidden Falls and go all the way to the Bear River!
• These new trails will provide access to the beautiful and biodiverse oak woodlands, along with Racoon Creek and the Bear River, making it a perfect spot for photographers, birdwatchers, and nature lovers.
• This area has something for your whole family—scenic vistas, picnic spots, winding trails, wildflowers, granite rocks to climb and many other wonders that the Sierra Nevada foothills offer!

Trail Building Status

If you’ve contributed to PLT’s Trails & Recreation Capital Campaign (THANK YOU!), or have been following its progress, then here’s what you’re probably dying to know:
• We are still a few years off from opening these new trails to the public. We are currently working with Placer County on trail design, permitting, and environmental reviews.
• Our trails will eventually connect to those already established at Hidden Falls Regional Park, which will allow public access, but they will also be accessible through a new trailhead closer to the Bear River in the future.
• We have already constructed new trails at our Big Hill Preserves, and plan to add trails to our Harvego Bear River Preserve this fall.

Trail Access NOW

You don’t have to wait several years to enjoy Placer Land Trust trails!
• Experience the new trails now—just sign up for one of our monthly docent-led hikes and we’ll gladly show them off to you! Check out our event calendar and sign up for the next hike.
• Check out our trails that are already complete and open to the public:

Check out the Map!

The map below shows properties protected by PLT north of Auburn just off Highway 49, and the trails we are building as a result of contributions to our Trails & Recreation Capital Campaign.

This is for you – this is forever!

Brochure Map page