Rancheria Falls Trail

EASY 126 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
13 days 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
14 days 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.

22 days ago

Waterfall was partially iced up. Nature was beautiful

walking
1 month 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
2 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
2 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
3 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.

3 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
3 months ago

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

3 months ago

Fabulous Walk...beautiful views!

hiking
3 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
3 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
4 months ago

Nice hike. Falls looked great this year.

hiking
4 months ago

Easy, very busy.

hiking
4 months ago

Waterfalls were worth the small hike! My boys made it and they are 6 and 8.

4 months ago

We decided to walk to the trail head from our campground at Huntington Lake. Only thing we didn't realize was that the actual trailhead is 2 miles up a dirt road from the entrance on Hwy 168. So our walk doubled in length. Once we got to the trailhead though the out-and-back to the falls is worth it.

walking
4 months ago

This trail is an easy walk/hike, but is very busy. The trail is fairly narrow so it makes it a little bothersome when passing large groups.

The parking area only has a handful of designated spots that fill up early. Everyone else has to park on the side of the dirt road which leads to alot of traffic congestion. The dirt road up to the trail head is rocky, bumpy, and about a car and a half wide. Despite all the most cars can make it to the trail head.

4 months ago

Pros- Super easy(kids, even saw some elderly folk)
WaterFalls were awesome sight
Good , short family trip

Cons-waterfalls not very accessible(can be but dangerous)
Very busy ( we went Friday around 11)


Overall recommended for beginning hiker or if you want some cool pics.

5 months ago

The water in the Falls is running beautiful right now. The turn off sign from the main road is well marked. Be prepared to go a bit on a dirt road before you hit the parking lot for the trail head.

hiking
5 months ago

Nice easy trail for beginners. The trail is wide enough and smooth enough for jogging strollers. The only caveat is to keep a hand on little ones at the falls. Very steep drops, from damp rocks, into raging waters.

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