Fairy Falls Trail to Beale/Shingle Falls

MODERATE 301 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.

20 days ago

This place is getting trashed unfortunately. Would be helpful to try clean up the area. We filled the only bag we had but still had to leave with a ton behind. This place/waterfall was more beautiful when there wasn’t graffiti everywhere.

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25 days ago

The hike/walk to the waterfall was very nice, we got there later than we wanted to, we got there at 10:30AM. It’s definitely up to you and your enjoyment but due to the heat and very little shade, I recommend getting there earlier. But the sun did feel very nice on my skin ☀️ and don’t forget your sunblock. We took the upper trail that lead to the waterfall. It took us a little over an hour to get to the waterfall then we climbed our way down to swimming hole. The waterfall was very nice but the scenery to the river was gorgeous! I could have spent forever there. One more thing, if you decide to take your pet(s) please check the weather, go as early as possible, and take a lot of water. We ran into a few very hot and dehydrated pets. Fortunately my friend was a genius and brought quite a few water bottles with her that we were able to give water away to them. Please be safe.

1 month ago

Great trail! Fun swimming spots, but beware there is little to no shade and on a hot day it’s a bit treacherous. Take extra water!

1 month ago

a nice hike that loops at the end. falls and swimming hole.

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1 month ago

Great hike for kids and tons of water to play in once you reach the Falls. We were there at 9AM and were the only ones on the trail! Definitely would do this hike again.

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1 month ago

A fabulous hike with diverse trails. We took the high trail to the falls and later found out it was the best way-better Trail. We got excited as soon as we heard the Falls so cut ourselves short. We should have followed the recommended route. We also went a bit of different route back but still a great loop.

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1 month ago

Reviews were so helpful! It made the loop feel very accesible as we knew where to go. Started out at 9am and weather quickly neared the high 90s, some shade but there was a nice cool breeze to help w the hike. Would go again in cooler weather or even just earlier on in the day this summer!

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2 months 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

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2 months 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

2 months 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.

2 months ago

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

2 months 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.

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2 months ago

Great trail go early and beat the crowd

3 months ago

Awesome hike. Upper trail was very nice.

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3 months 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.

3 months ago

Beautiful hike this time of year!

3 months ago

springtime. great flowers. great walk.

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3 months ago

better use suv/truck!

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3 months ago

Amazing Trail with snacks and a good day hike with friends

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4 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.

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4 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.

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4 months ago

Fun, easy hike.

5 months ago

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

6 months ago

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

6 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!

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6 months ago

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

6 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.

6 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!

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6 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.

7 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

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