Rancheria Falls Trail

EASY 44 reviews
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Rancheria Falls Trail is a 1.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Shaver Lake, CA that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

1.6 miles 262 feet Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

The first right about 1 mile after the China Peak Ski Resort (previously known as Sierra Summit) If you pass the Kokanee Work Camp, you have gone too far. Once you turn around, the trail sign is visable and hids the 8S31 road sign. It's about 1.3mi on a dirt road that ends with parking and a restroom.

hiking
2 months ago

Easy hike with nice views, and a lot of bees. There is parking and a restroom right at the trailhead. The road up is a little bumpy but not too bad. My dog loved it :)

hiking
2 months ago

We loved it! Easy enough for our 7 month old rottie :-)

hiking
3 months ago

very easy, but also very crowded.

walking
3 months ago

It was a nice walk. Didn't seem as far as described. Dogs had fun. Parts of the trail can get narrow so keep an eye on small children and pets. People with bee allergies should keep their epipens handy.

walking
3 months ago

Trail is an easy hike. We took the dog who loved it. The easy part of the trail ends 40 feet from the falls. It is a boulder hop to the water which we didn't let our dog do. Our dog didn't get to enjoy the water. A great hike through the forest.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice trail to a scenic canyon and multi-level waterfall. Classic Sierra Nevada scenery. Will be visiting again for the crisp air, peaceful surroundings and serene feeling.

walking
3 months ago

Great scenery and weather to match. Water is refreshing at the end of the trail. New to cali and am enjoying my new backyard.

3 months ago

Perfect for hiking with kids!

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike great view well worth it.. Unless you don't like nights or rock climbing

4 months ago

walking
4 months ago

An easy trail for kids! We really enjoyed it.

4 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Dirt road to the trailhead is bumpy with lots of rocks and chunks of leftover asphalt, you can make it in a small car if you take it slow at certain points, I have a Hyundai Accent and had no issue making it to the trailhead. When you get to the trailhead there is limited parking and a restroom at the beginning of the trail.

The trail itself is well maintained and there was no debris or obstructions the entire length. The trail is split between nice shaded and unshaded spots the entire length, there are also several spots where you can walk a tad off the trail to catch your breath if need be. Just about all of the elevation increase is at the beginning of the trail, after that it pretty much levels out the remainder of the way to the falls.

When you get to the end of the trail you are greeted by the beautiful sight of the falls, which when we went were going in full force. The trail ends in a little spot well short of the upper part of the falls, but if you are feeling adventurous you can climb up some rocks and get in for a closer look, there is also a nice rock ledge that pokes out above the lower viewing spot that makes for a good place to take a picture in front of the falls.

We started the hike at around 10AM and there were 2 groups that had started around the same time and were just ahead of us, we passed a fair number of people on their way back down, as well as several groups with multiple dogs, toddlers, or babies. Once we were done at the falls and turned back there was a significant increase in the number of people going up the trail, so you are probably better off starting this earlier rather than later.

Overall a pretty easy but enjoyable hike!

5 months ago

Beautiful falls, lots of water, perfect weather!

5 months ago

Well maintained trail, comfortable hike. +Dog friendly. Able to push jogging stroller the whole way. Bumpy road to trail head before you get to the parking lot. Beautiful falls/scenery. Abrupt drop point render difficult access to actually come in contact w/the water.

5 months ago

5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Really easy and short hike. The falls were beautiful, and managed to do it all in about an hour. Went around 10am and had them all to myself. Definitely recommend.

5 months ago

easy trail great falls

5 months ago

A very nice hike with a well maintained trail and even a bathroom at the trailhead. The waterfall was beautiful and the hike was easy. There were lots of hikers that brought dogs and kids. I suggest going early, it started to get too crowded by the time we were leaving in the early afternoon.