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Fairy Falls Trail to Beale/Shingle Falls

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Spenceville Wildlife Area

Fairy Falls Trail to Beale/Shingle Falls is a 5.3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Beale Air Force Base, 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.

Length 5.3 mi Elevation gain 501 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

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Note: As of January 2020, the gates to access the trailhead are closed. This will add 2-3 miles to the overall mileage of the hike. This trail is closed the last week of March and the first week of April for turkey hunting. (Take Waldo to the trailhead to avoid the extra miles if the road is closed) 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.

California Department of Fish & Game, Spenceville Area Manager (530) 538-2236

Moderately Easy route due to trail length and some very minor rock scrambling toward the end of the loop. Note: This is a totally different Dry Creek than is shown in my other two Dry Creek Trail guides. .

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Grant Adams
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WalkingNo shade
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Rick Anderson
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Hiking

The gradual uphill gravel road does have spots of shade along the way. The first time I rode the trail on my mountain bike. I was scouting the trail because the following day I was going to bring my entire family including my mother-in-law. It was 90° at noon when I started the trail on my MTB. So the following day we arrived at the parking lot at 8 AM. My youngest is 9 years old and he complained his feet hurt from walking so much. My mother-in-law is 71 she did not complain at all but she’s from Phoenix Arizona and hikes trails near her home regularly. So the lower Falls were amazing and by the time we got to the upper Falls my nine-year-old was no longer complaining about his feet. Overall a great walk for the entire family just make sure to bring plenty of water and very comfortable shoes. And if you have kids don’t forget to stop by the rope swing. Once you cross the bridge from the parking lot turn left you’ll see the rope swing within a minute maybe two if you walk slow. And yes the car ride from the paved road is very bumpy and dusty. But don’t let that keep you well worth the drive and hike.

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Trudy Markle-Arrigoni
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Great!No shade

go early gets hot, gravel washboard road down. Bring lots of water. Gold at the end, falls and swimming holes.

Shoua Thao
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No shade
Jesse Horner
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Hiking

Somewhat scenic trail, more of a dirt road for most of it. Plenty of parking but the actual road there was unbelievably bumpy. Make sure you bring a swimming suit because at the end there are plenty of places to swim!

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Moises C
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Hiking

When driving to this location you have to go through about 5 miles of very tough road. I was driving around 5mph so I would not ruin my car suspension. Once you complete that the trail is easy to find. This was a nicely maintained trail that was more on the easy side for me. The view at the end is very beautiful. This trail also has a few swimming holes on the way to the top.

Laura J.
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Hiking

Waterfalls were amazing and totally worth the hot hike but I definitely recommend going early to avoid the heat. Not a lot of shade on the trail.

Takin Chances
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HikingNo shade

Go early... it gets very hot.. wouldn’t recommend bringing dogs .. the ground gets hot for them and I ended up caring my sister in laws on the way back

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Thalia Sullivan
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Hiking

Lovely waterfall with a pool at the bottom to swim in and fish. Make sure to leave early in the morning as a mid day hike here is not pleasant due to the heat.

Colin H.
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Hiking

Did not make it all the way because of the heat today. A good amount of shade on the trail with some large oak trees. At least there was shade when I went. Mostly uphill, but luckily going back its the opposite!. The part of the trail I was on was nice & wide. Since it was once an actual road. So distancing was no issue with other hikers.

Kevin Click
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Hiking

Good hike. But it was hot out in the open (most of the trail).

Patrick Buckley
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Hiking

Nice hike with a wide trail, that is both dog and kid friendly. We hiked it on July 2, starting around 10:30. I’d suggest going a few hours earlier if you bring a dog because the ground got hot. The creek is nice with several points of access along the way. The flow of the falls is very low right now, but still nice to see.

Thad Morrow
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Tosha Skeen
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HikingNo shade
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andre howard
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HikingNo shade
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Krystina R
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HikingNo shade

Swimming next to the waterfall was amazing, wouldn’t bring little ones down to the falls because it’s all climbing over rocks to get there and some parts I had to sit down and slide. There’s a swimming hole that perfect for all ages close by.

Kristi Myers
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Hiking

My 10 and 12 year olds loved the swimming holes and small falls accessible from the lower falls trail. Getting down to the primary falls/swimming hole is steep, not for smaller kids. Get there early (about 8:30am) and/or try a weekday for a more socially distant experience if COVID is still an issue. Very little shade along the route or at the river.

Megan Petersen
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HikingNo shade

Great trail, but not as scenic as some others in the area. Too many people, not much shade, and people are always leaving trash behind. Pack it in, pack it out!!!

sahspider .
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Walking

This is really just a walk along an unpaved road with maybe 1/8 of the trail providing you the option to do some single track. While the falls are nice to look at the payoff for a 3 mile walk along an unpaved road isn’t really all that great. I can see this being a great walk for families with young children and or someone not looking for something physically demanding. The only challenge of this excursion was the exposure to the sun.

ella lagerberg
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HikingNo shadeRocky

The lower trail is easier than the middle and higher. The high trail is .9 miles to the waterfalls, middle is 1.0 and low is 1.1. Leave early!! We arrived at 8:30, headed back to the car around 10:30 and saw many groups heading toward the falls. This trail is mostly simple dirt trails, climbing on the rocks near the falls is at your own discretion but is a very beautiful sight. Some parts of the trail are hot and dry, with bits of shade. Plenty of parking and no fees. The general trail I’d rate 2/5 but overall rated 3/5 due to the rock climbing opportunities.

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Penelope Zavala
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Hiking

Absolutely loved this trail! The trail was easy to follow and there were no crazy hills or rocks which was nice. The only downside is the lack of shade so make sure to wear sunscreen.

Chantel Giongco
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Hiking

Take the lower trail for shade and follow the stream. Took the road back and there is no shade. Nice areas to get in the water.

Kayla Bounds
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Hiking

The trail overall is great. It could pose some challenge for those who struggle with incline but that’s mostly for a portion of the second half after you pass the cattle gate. The falls were beautiful! I would recommend bringing sunscreen, bug spray (there is stagnant water in some parts near the trail so mosquitoes can be bothersome), water, snacks, but don’t pack too heavy. Water shoes are also recommended if you plan on getting in. Be mindful of the strong current if you choose to get in the water at the top of the waterfall. That part is not the best for children, but you can get to the base of the falls other ways where there is much less danger.

Ariana Ricci
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Hiking

pros- beautiful scenery, a wide path that gets thinner as you get closer to the falls, clear signs pointing in the correct direction, had zero trouble finding the parking lot and i’ll i did was use the directions the app provided me, and the water was nice and cold. cons-didn’t see any bathrooms, not much shade, once you get to the water fall there isn’t a “easy” way to get down there (but it’s really not that hard. all you have to do is take it slow) i definitely wouldn’t recommend bringing your kids down the waterfall trail, once you get down the waterfall trail there isn’t anywhere to really sit other than on top of the rocks. tips-bring plenty of water, lots of sunscreen if it’s hot out, water shoes are a must because of the slippery rocks, don’t pack heavy, brings snacks, and swim out to the waterfall because it’s breathtaking!

Amanda M.
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Hiking

Full of cute cows and the waterfall is totally unexpected for the area. It’s a very peaceful, relaxing hike through what’s basically a cow pasture but awesome choice for someone looking for an easy hike :)

Imelda Pimentel
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Hiking

It was amazing. Will go back again the hike was not too long it was perfect. It was worth it because you get to cool down at the end.

Judy Benson
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Hiking

No toilets/trash cans anywhere (so please don't leave your "stuff" behind; nobody wants to see that! In other words, pack your garbage, etc. out!). Beautiful area, very popular. Not a lot of shade, but several places the water can be accessed for dipping (bring water shoes as the rocks are slick). Trail is nice, generally well groomed. The trail down to the bottom of the falls is narrow and steep. There is a gravel road for a mile or so to get to the parking lot. Some people will fly down that kicking up rocks and making it hard to see with the dust billowing up. Just be aware.

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