Fairy Falls Trail to Beale/Shingle Falls

MODERATE 286 reviews

Fairy Falls Trail to Beale/Shingle Falls is a 5.3 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
5.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
501 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.

hiking
9 days ago

Easy loop hike, 7 and 4 year old made it with zero problems, beautiful scenery and tons of places to stop and rest, cool off or just enjoy nature’s beauty. Highly recommend

hiking
14 days ago

This was such a fun small little hike with the perfect spot for u to have lunch in the center and just chill and enjoy the waterfall id definitely do this one again we got there around like 10:30am and only one group of people where there but on our return there where a few more people going to enjoy the waterfall

16 days ago

taking the hike later in the day was really nice. not too many people and the weather was great. a bit hot but with the swimming holes throughout, it was well worth it. along the fork we took the upper trail to the waterfall and the lower trail on our return. highly recommend due to the steep walk of the lower trail. the non shaded trails wasn't that long in between the shaded areas. but the scenery was beautiful. at the end you have the option to either look at the face of the waterfall or look at it from on top. take plenty of water and bring either a friend or lover. as me and my lady enjoyed California's beauty together.

17 days ago

easy trail to the falls. nice watering holes to cool off.

26 days ago

beautiful hike. the upper trail is pretty narrow but the lower trail is pretty wide. good for kids and dogs. I was a little disappointed with the view of the falls but I would hike this again.

hiking
26 days ago

Great trail go early and beat the crowd

1 month ago

Awesome hike. Upper trail was very nice.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice easy hike. Not a whole lot to see until you get to the waterfalls, but nice fields with some wild flowers this time of year. I wouldn't go any later into the summer.. there's virtually no shade for most of the trail. There's a couple nice hangout spots and swimming pools along the river near the falls.

1 month ago

Beautiful hike this time of year!

1 month ago

springtime. great flowers. great walk.

hiking
1 month ago

better use suv/truck!

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing Trail with snacks and a good day hike with friends

hiking
2 months ago

Took my second hike on this trail yesterday. Its a beautiful hike in the spring and the falls are beautiful and full. I cant wait to go back again with my good camera. Both times we took the lower falls trail in and the upper trail back. Next time I think I’ll stick to the upper trail in and out for the easiest, shadiest route. On the lower trail we got badly sunburned in April! I can only imagine the intense heat in summer.
A couple of drawbacks to this trail: Cow poop and its smell everywhere until the trail splits into three (about a mile and a half). Encountered some agressive cows on the lower trail and had to run from them. Picked up a tick, but got it off before it latched on. There were lots of people using the trail and everybody has a dog, but the dogs were well behaved and it never felt crowded.

hiking
2 months ago

Fun easy relaxing hike. It is very popular and we always see tons of other hikers. There are some fun little variation though so you don’t have to hike the same way out and back.

hiking
2 months ago

Fun, easy hike.

3 months ago

Nice trail, easy to navigate. Great for dogs !! The road getting to trail was pretty tore up ... recommend using truck or suv.

4 months ago

Beautiful waterfall! Lots of dogs on the trail. Rough road getting there, best getting there with truck, Jeep or SUV.

4 months ago

One of my favorite hikes! If you are stationed at Beale, go out the Grass Valley gate and you will be there within 20 minutes. We have hiked this different times of the day and it’s always been great. Remember to put the chain back on the fence when you cross into the field!

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful hike, took the whole family 2 hours to complete but worth it. We stopped and had a picnic by the waterfall.

4 months ago

Nice easy hike with a lovely waterfall. You can climb down to swim by the waterfall - perfect for swimming and a life saver considering we hiked on a day where temps reached 110! Well marked trail but getting to the trailhead was difficult. No signs and all directions we found online led us to wrong places. You have to also go on an paved road for quite some time to get to trailhead.

4 months ago

What a nice hike to do during winter or spring. When all the hills are green and beautiful. Waterfalls are great. It is too bad that some people ruin the natural beauty with graffiti. The hike is easy and the trails are well marked. Highly recommend this day hike!

hiking
4 months ago

If you are coming from the west then take Spenceville Road to Camp Far West Road, then on to Long Ravine Road. Unless you are affiliated with the military, you cannot simply take Spenceville Road the whole way. Beale Air Force base gate will keep you from proceeding.

5 months 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

5 months 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!

6 months ago

Rough road to the trailhead. Truck/SUV advised.

walking
7 months ago

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

8 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
8 months ago

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

hiking
8 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.

8 months ago

Gate closed. Could not access

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