Fairy Falls Trail to Beale/Shingle Falls

MODERATE 109 reviews
Penn Valley, CA
Fairy Falls Trail to Beale/Shingle Falls is a 5.1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Penn Valley, CA that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from May until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

5.1 miles 367 feet Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

Also known as Ferry Falls; Hills, meadow, woods, & rocks lead to 100-foot waterfall. Formerly owned by Beale, this land was once home to a mock German town for training during WWII. Lots of protected wildlife within. Small shooting range 1/4 mile up Waldo Rd. before reaching the trailhead. This isn't the most difficult hike in the world, but it's one of my favorites. The terrain is extremely varied for such a small hike. You start at an abandoned mine at the site of an old town known as Spenceville. As you walk the dirt road, you see pass a creek and cross rolling hills. At the end of the road, you turn right and pass through a metal gate. Once past the gate, you climb a hill and emerge on a grassy meadow and a cattle crossing. At the edge of the meadow is a trail that leads through a wooded area and finally exits at a great swimming hole along the creek. After a refreshing dip, follow the trail along the creekside and up the hill. Climb over the rocks and you're at the overlook for Beale Falls. You can either walk around the other side of the hill and to the top of the falls, or walk the steep trail next to the protective fence. Either way, it's a great place to eat lunch.


1 day ago

hiking


12 days ago

hiking

Decent hike but go early to beat the heat there isn't much shade for half of the trail. Not much to look at until you reach the falls. We went on a Sunday so it got pretty busy late morning.


13 days ago

hiking

Great hike. Been there twice now. Lots of blackberry bushes. Not the prettiest until you get closer to the falls. Fairly well traveled.


25 days ago


26 days ago

hiking

Awesome water not cold at all


27 days ago

we love this trail easy for dogs and beer.


1 month ago

hiking

Nice trail, beautiful waterfall, great swimming area. Signage sucks, my boyfriend and I ended up taking the longest way due to confusion but figured it out in the end. Bring LOTS of water and sunscreen! Most of the trail isn't shaded. Not a hard hike but definitely longer than you'd think. If you climb to the top of the falls the rocks are a little harder to navigate. Loved it, would definitely go again.


1 month ago

hiking


1 month ago

walking

very nice by the water..lots of cool swim holes. the waterfall was beautiful. wish they would fix signs though. easy hike on well traveled path. go early and bring PLENTY of water.


1 month ago

hiking

Easy hike. Beautiful falls. Family friendly trails. Difficult to find entrance. Head down Waldo Road. Drive past shooting range, drive past Camp Far West road. Head past horse trailer parking. You go for what feels like forever on dirt road then your see parking area with entrance after you cross over walking ridge. Follow small signs pointing toward falls.


1 month ago

entry appears to be gated with no trespassing sign and alternate route has been blocked off by firewood


1 month ago

hiking

So this was tricky to find, there isn't great signage, we got lost twice, but if you're up for an adventure it can be a fun day. There are several other trails that you don't know which way to go. In the beginning after you make your first right towards a cardboard sign someone hung that says falls that way there is a trail that goes down and one that is wider and goes up- stay on the wide trail. We comedically referred to it as the purple brick road as the dirt is slightly purple.

When you get to a large empty area and the wide purple road goes one way and then there are two narrow trails- one marked upper falls and one marked lower falls well I can tell you it doesn't really matter which one you take because you end up coming out at the same spot at the top. If you look around at the top of the falls there is a small narrow trail that leds down to the large swimming hole below but it's steep and rocky. I watched many guys help there ladies down, but if you make it you can definitely go for a swim.

On the back side of the falls there is a small semi steep path that goes down to a rocky area that is before the falls falls- a few small water holes to soak your feet. That's where we hung out. Cool falls but downfall is its hot, mostly uphill, and very very limited shade. Being lots of water and sunscreen!!!!


1 month ago

hiking

My husband and I had a lot of fun. We packed a lunch and ate on the rocks at the falls when we were done. It was a great workout and the ground was really beautiful when we came across dark purple patches from the different minerals in it. Very cool. We even saw a snake at the falls!


1 month ago


1 month ago

Great fun family trail. The sign with the three trails fork needs repair. was confused which way to go. Was disappointed at young men who chose to smoke their weed right off the trail at one of the pools. Had young kids with us.


2 months ago

I love is good exercise :)


2 months ago

hiking

Great easy hike. Like they said not allot of shade and hot. Very dusty bumpy road out there. Falls are awesome pools great for swimming. Very family friendly. Bring extra water.


2 months ago

Hard to locate but easy hike once you find trail. .9 miles of steep uphill climb. You can choose flatter trail. Our first time here. Beautiful falls.


2 months ago

hiking

Always best to take water and start early. About half the trail is in the sunshine with little to no shade. Better yet take a snack and enjoy it when you linger at the falls.


2 months ago

hiking

Nice day time hike! Pretty hills, nice flowing water and of course the falls. Not much if any climb so good for kids, bad for work outs and zero shade so it gets hot. Not a far drive from Sacramento and a nice activity