Rancheria Falls Trail

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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
679 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
1 day ago

Nice hike. Falls looked great this year.

hiking
5 days ago

Easy, very busy.

hiking
7 days ago

hiking
10 days ago

hiking
11 days ago

hiking
14 days ago

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

hiking
22 days 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
24 days 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.

hiking
25 days ago

26 days 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.

1 month 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
1 month 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.

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing hike! So easy to get to and beautiful the whole way there! The gate is now open to drive the trailhead, it's about 2 miles long and a little bumpy but not too bad. There is no more snow on the ground either. There's a parking lot at the top with a bathroom too! The falls are raging right now and totally worth it! The only problem with the trail is that it's very popular and there's a lot of people there all the time, so while it's not very secluded it still is an amazing and easy hike!

hiking
1 month ago

Wonderful hike. Waterfalls was great. Hiked with 3 and 5 year old boys and elderly parents. All of them enjoyed it.

1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Just a short hike. Bring some lunch and enjoy the beautiful water fall. Lots a water coming down and the mist will definitely cool you down on a warm day. Trail is clear but has some small rocks sticking up along the way. Just watch your step so you don't twist an ankle.

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing trail. Waterfall view is spectacular... had fun time with family and friends.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago