Fairy Falls Trail to Beale/Shingle Falls

MODERATE 236 reviews

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 best used from May until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
5.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
367 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

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. 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.

1 day ago

nice hike cool road to get to hike no bathrooms at trail head wheatland is the last place we stopped there befor we went trail is not to muddy hills ar green lots of water flowing about 4 little waterfalls after the big one

20 days ago

Always a beautiful and peaceful hike. It is nice to see there are signs now showing the way. I was disappointed to see that some jerks went and spray painted all over the rocks down by the waterfall. Why!?!? Seriously!

1 month ago

Rough road to the trailhead. Truck/SUV advised.

walking
2 months ago

Well maintained trails. Pretty views but it gets crowded sometimes.

2 months ago

The directions provided by this app are wrong. Led us to a closed gate which is private property. We were lucky and a lady was exiting her property and gave us the proper directions.. if you’re driving East you need to take Waldo road over the green bridge and keep to the left (Spencerville Road), the trail head is at the end of the road. if you’re coming from the East take a right on Spencerville Road. Otherwise the trail was awesome and the waterfall is amazing

hiking
3 months ago

Pretty easy trail with multiple paths. This is my go to trail because it’s close to town.

hiking
3 months ago

A lot of fun, but the long, long road to the trailhead was brutal on our car. Definitely be careful if you're not coming in a pickup.

3 months ago

Gate closed. Could not access

3 months ago

so pretty, so hot but once you make it to the waterfalls it's worth it. the dogs did awesome, but don't forget water bowls them for the time on the trail!

hiking
3 months ago

Great long but not too long hike to a pretty good water fall, with a great swim hole at the bottom of the falls!! Beware of a long rough dirt road to get to the trail head. Bring more water than you think you'll need. And pack a good lunch or lots of hearty snacks. Totally worth planning on spending the day there!! Swim, or splash around in the creek above the falls. Nice little calm areas for kids to swim up the creek at above the falls. Dog friendly. A great day!!

4 months ago

Started the late in the day . Temps were I've 100 that day . The falls were beautiful and was able to get to the bottom of them to cool off before hiking back.

4 months ago

The falls are amazing...had an awesome experience...

4 months ago

loved it !

backpacking
5 months ago

residents had road blocked off :(

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful waterfall ❤️ The second half is so much better than the first half.

hiking
5 months ago

I"m giving it three stars because most of the trail is an access road for emergency vehicles. We started a 9am in 90 degree heat, it wasn't that difficult and we met only one other group on the way out. The drive in from Camp Far West is over an unmaintained gravel road with plenty of pot holes and washboard. Great place to wreck the alignment on a Kia or Focus. The water was great for swimming. I would recommend this if you are less than an hour's drive from the trail head, otherwise there are more scenic trails near to you. We enjoyed it, won't go back.

hiking
5 months ago

Nicely maintained trail.

6 months ago

We made the unfortunate choice to hike here starting too late in the day... 11am start. There is very little shade and few options to get into the creek until you are about half a mile from the falls. There are some moderately steep spots, which weren't bad but in the heat seemed mountainous. The falls were very pretty and the pool below them looked inviting but it was a steep climb down to them and back up to get out. Having our dog, we didn't venture down there. We ended up going back to the little pool that we first came to and sat there for awhile to cool down before hiking out. The pool is shallow (an adult can touch the bottom) and felt so refreshing. Beware... there are little fish in this pool that will give you a test-taste. Doesn't hurt but it startled us. :0)

My advice: plan to start hiking by 8am. Take plenty of water. Don't stay too long or stay til dusk because 100 degrees hiking out feels like 150. Please, if you take your dog, make SURE they are wearing booties!!!!! The ground is too hot, there is not much shade, and the stickers and fox tails are abundant. We did not and should have (and usually do) known better. We ended up tearing up a shirt and wrapping her feet.

All in all it's a pretty trail. But maybe best saved for a 90 degree max day.

6 months ago

nice hike, swimming next to falls was so nice and refreshing!

hiking
6 months ago

The waterfalls were awesome. Swimming in the creek was fantastic. I recommend taking the single track to the left if you are hiking.

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