Fairy Falls Trail to Beale/Shingle Falls is a 5.1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Penn Valley, California 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.
dogs on leash
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.
Peaceful hike, especially in the Winter time. Just bring hat and waterproof clothes.
Enjoyable and casual. The inclines aren't dramatic and easily paces. The falls are pretty but aren't necessarily positioned well for great photography if that is your goal. Hard to find great angles in that regard. The road to get out there is not 4WD conditions but there are a lot of pot holes and your vehicle WILL get dirty. There are no restrooms facilities for miles, so plan accordingly. But the scenery is pretty, prettier than I expected for low Sierra hiking and I can imagine It's good for swimming in summer as the base of the waterfall has a nice pool.
Great place to take kids, take a short hike and have a picnic!
Loved the waterfalls and climbing down to them. Good difficulty level, many different trials.
Great lil hike , for sure will do this again !! On the way back to the car picked up 3 bags of trash , so please pick up after yourself and respect this earth !!!
Took the dog this time, did fine, water at the beginning in the creek, waterfalls flowing and he was able to play and swim in the creek to cool off, then cooled off on the way back in the lower creek, direct sun for a bit but great hike.... Some partiers at the falls drinking and jumping off the rocks into the falls, not my thing but whatever....lots of hike traffic on the way out.. Started hike about 10:00am, take plenty of cold water, camel packs warm up fast out here.... 9/17/16.
Pretty Awesome!! Can't believe I never heard of It before!
I love this hike plus swimming for the kids at the end:)
Me & my friends walked this trail this morning. 8/14/16. It wasn't that bad at all a couple hills here and there but nothing too hard! Make sure you bring a hat and sunscreen for sure because there is a lot of open area where you are just directly in the sun no shade to be found for at least 15 minutes at a time! It was really nice to finally get to the waterfall we sat on the rocks and dipped our feet in the water for about 20 minutes.
Hiked this on 8/05/2016. Took way longer than expected. We were out there for about 5 hours, including about 20-30 minutes of swimming time. At the point in the road where the sign says upper and lower falls, we took the lower falls trail. It was beautiful, much more shaded than the hike up to that point. But there were some spots of climbing up and down over small rocks. Wished I hadn't forgotten my walking stick in the car! Finally made it to the falls, about a 2 hour hike from the car. Beautiful, with more water than expected at this time of the summer. My sister braved the huge boulders and climbed down to the swimming hole. Took her a long time! And she said getting back up was very challenging. On the way back we found the small swimming hole, the one we meant to head for in the first place! So at the fork, there's a 3rd option: the road on the very right. THAT one leads directly to the small swimming hole! We walked that one back and it was shaded and beautiful. Didn't bring enough water and should have had some food with us! But it was a fun day.
The drive was absolutely terrible, but the hike was surprisingly pleasant. Just bring a lot of water! :)
We did this hike on a day that was over 100 degrees. There is no shade, but man was the waterfall/mini pond at the mid-point worth it. This was my favorite NoCal hike so far. Trail head is hard to find but follow the directions in other comments!
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.
Great hike. Been there twice now. Lots of blackberry bushes. Not the prettiest until you get closer to the falls. Fairly well traveled.