Rancheria Falls Trail

EASY 136 reviews
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Rancheria Falls Trail is a 4.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Shaver Lake, California that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
4.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
626 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

The first right about 1 mile after the China Peak Ski Resort (previously known as Sierra Summit). If you pass the Kokanee Work Camp, you have gone too far. Once you turn around, the trail sign is visible and hides the 8S31 road sign. It's about 1.3mi on a dirt road that ends with parking and a restroom.

hiking
3 days ago

Brr! A little snow on the trail. Stunning frozen falls.

hiking
23 days ago

A nice long hike. Lots of snow and a little scetchy near the falls.

23 days ago

The hike was really nice! There's about 3-4inches of snow on most of the trail so be prepared. The waterfall was frozen too, but still so pretty!

1 month ago

Went on trail in January 2018. Great trail for beginners❤️

hiking
1 month ago

loved it! the road up to the trail head was a little icey but other then that it was great. The weather was perfect for a January hike. Cannot wait to go back in the spring time.

hiking
1 month ago

Fun little hike for all ages and dogs. Still not much snow as of 01/04/18. I plan on going back in the spring when the waterfall is flowing.

hiking
2 months ago

Fun and easy hike with kids. Beautiful in the light snow. Road to parking lot icy but areas to pull off about 1/2 way up.

hiking
2 months ago

Fun trail. Very quick and easy. Took my (big) dog and was a breeze for him. Trail gets narrow towards the end so we had to let people pass us considering we had the dog. Went in September, late review. Not too much water falling.

2 months ago

Waterfall was partially iced up. Nature was beautiful

walking
3 months ago

Super short but very pretty. If you make it to the parking lot (which has room for about 6 cars) then this trail is maybe 1 mile each way. The waterfall at the end is pretty lovely though and makes this well worth the drive. We brought our 18 month old daughter in a backpack and our dog and everyone had a nice time.

hiking
4 months ago

The end of this hike is absolutely beautiful! It is 4 miles if you start right at the turn off from the 168 hwy but if you drive up to where the actual trail head starts it’s about 2 miles round trip. Super easy hike and a must do for all levels!!

hiking
4 months ago

Excellent trail for family, the walk is short but full of scenic views and once you reach the water falls it’s breathtaking. It is busy on the weekends. Worth a trip though!

hiking
5 months ago

had a great time on our hike today. The weather was great and the water was amazing. The falls were beautiful and the hike was very nice. there was people of all ages and fitness levels. definitely will go back.

5 months ago

it is only about .83 miles from the trailhead. Very easy hike. is Labor Day weekend here and The Falls are still running. might be better in May or June

hiking
5 months ago

Great trail! Make it more challenging by parking right at 168 and hiking to the trailhead.

6 months ago

Fabulous Walk...beautiful views!

hiking
6 months ago

it was an amazing hike the waterfall is beautiful the atmosphere was just beautiful I can't wait to go do it again

hiking
6 months ago

Great place for taking little kids or older folk, way easy hike in, 3 miles or a little over round trip. my 2 yr old nephew walked the whole thing. Great waterfall at the end. Great place to pick nick, very busy spot.

hiking
6 months ago

Nice hike. Falls looked great this year.

hiking
6 months ago

Easy, very busy.

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