Rancheria Falls Trail

EASY 72 reviews
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Rancheria Falls Trail is a 1.6 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.

1.6 miles
239 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly



nature trips





wild flowers



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.

8 hours ago

2 days ago

Short hike, did in a series of same day hikes. Beautiful views, significantly more water than in years past! Great place to cool off with mist from falls and breeze.

3 days ago

4 days ago

Didn't expect to see snow up there made it even more beautiful..

5 days ago

This is a short and easy hike to a beautiful waterfall... and dog friendly.

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9 days ago

beautiful! went today. a good amount of people out and I can see why! road is still closed leading to the actual trailhead, but it's worth your time. the falls were bursting today and you get great views all along the trail.

9 days ago

Road to the trail head is closed which added 2 miles straight up hill to the beginning of the hike and 2 miles back down. It made for a little more difficult hike than advertised. However, every step was worth it when you get to the falls. So much water and so beautiful. It was a great hike!

11 days ago

The trail itself is easy, but if the roads closed to the trail (that's a hell of a hike!)

Worth it once you're to the top!

11 days ago

great short hike where dogs are also able to come. beautiful trail and waterfall.

14 days ago

FYI the gate is locked for the road to the trailhead, at least as of 6/11/17. adds 2 miles each way.

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19 days ago

2 days ago night hike. Snow in a few spots on the trail. easy to navigate with an almost full moon. Had to return the following morning. beautiful

21 days ago

it was very beautiful. my daughter hadn't seen snow in a long time. All of the falls were beautiful and it was quiet.

23 days ago

UPDATE AS OF 5-28-17: We did this trail last summer, it was very easy and the sights were beautiful. We tried the trail again this weekend and the road to the parking lot is closed off due to a lot of snow still present on the road. The last half of the trail to the falls is also covered in snow at a steep slant. We saw several people slipping and falling. If attempting with snow covering the trail, I would suggest wearing shoes with good grip and go early in the day before the snow gets too slushy.

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