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.
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. 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.
Hiked 4/5/17: The last leg of the drive in is dirt and quite bumpy...not at all for those that worry about dust on their cars. The trail was absolutely beautiful this time of year with everything being so green. We did end up lost after getting some bad info from someone fishing, so we didn't get back to the car until an hour after sundown. Thank goodness for headlamps! Lots of cows along the trail and frogs and crickets on the way back. The signage could definitely use some updating and there are no restrooms anywhere near the trail, so be prepared. Enjoy!
Can be hard with younger kids. Make sure you are prepared to carry them.
The road into this trail is blocked off as it is closed this weekend for turkey hunting. Spenceville is shut down annually the last weekend in March and the first weekend in April.
My husband and I took our doggies out to the falls this last Saturday. It was so beautiful!!! Highly recommend this hike! It's a Lil long and you're in direct sunlight. Pack lots of water and don't forget to put on sunscreen (I did) lol.
take the fork off to the right about 1/4 mile from the trail head down by the river. Way better veiws and hike than the regular trail and gets you to the falls quicker.
Well traveled, but the signs need to be reinstalled.
Whatever you do, don't turn around too soon. You'll miss the best part.
This place is a go to when you want serenity and a easy walk to release stress. My pup is well trained so I let her off leash to roam (if your dog chases cows leash them for safety). I find the spring time brings out the best in these pastures. Lime green fields resembling OZ, wild flowers, running creeks and lets not forget a wonderful spot to have lunch on top fairy falls. ( summer its a great swimming hole)
Love this hike! I try to take my nieces every year and it is definitely doable for kids although they may tire out towards the end but that is to be expected. Very beautiful, especially when the hills are green. It works perfectly if you start the trail around mid-morning and pack a lunch; by the time you make it to the falls it will be just the right time to eat and there are rocks you can sit on for a picnic with a great view. I agree with a previous poster who said the hardest part is getting there! You can map it on your smart phone but the first time I went, I got turned around a few times. But once you find it- totally worth it.
This was a moderate hike, primarily because much of it is unprotected. After a rainfall, the grass is green and the water is flowing, making the waterfall and other smaller falls really something. If one chooses to swim, beware: the current is fast moving! The toughest part of this was actually the drive there. Turn on to Chuck Yeager Rd and continue for 4.5 miles. Turn left on to Waldo Rd. And continue for 1.6 miles until you reach a bridge. After crossing the bridge, turn left on Spencerville Rd. At Camp Far West continue to the left for 2 miles until you reach the turnout on the left. The dirt road is full of deep holes and was really difficult for my sedan.
Beautiful falls!! Leisure hike. Very recommended. Bring your forearms, great public range just before hike head!