Fairy Falls Trail (AKA Beal Falls or Shingle Falls)

Penn Valley, CA

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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.

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Fernando Jacobo (87)

2 Completed2 Reviews

Fun hike. The waterfall is beautiful.

Steven Whitby (248)

6 Completed6 Reviews

Will Ross (363)

8 Completed8 Reviews

Beautiful hike in the springtime while everything is green. As some have mentioned, the drive in is on a dirt road. It may be a bit bumpy but isn't anything that should stop you from going. The hike begins on a gated dirt road and later becomes dirt trail. The stream is beautiful and a great place to explore and find a picnic spot to hang out a have a bite to eat. In the spring the water is very cold, but on a warm day can still make for a nice place to swim and cool off. The waterfalls also make for a beautiful place to stop and enjoy the view. The only downside to this hike in my opinion are the crowds on some weekends. I carried out a backpack full of discarded beer and water bottles the first time I did this hike.

Ashley Littlejohn (72)

2 Completed2 Reviews

The drive in is rocky and long. The hike itself is an hour there and an hour back. The trees out you in shade for half of it. When you reach the waterfall, it's lovely!!! Went for a swim and everything! It's really steep and rocky to get down to the water though so make sure you can climb!

Paul Roberts (146)

1 Completed1 Reviews

6/27/2015: Deanna Jaxine Stinson and I, are paranormal investigators for Halo Paranormal Investigations. We heard reports that Fairy Falls is haunted. Here's what we found out:

Krystle Taylor (370)

4 Completed5 Reviews

Great hike! I did this with my 2 year old in my Kelty Tour 1.0 carrier. Took us about 3.5 hours, as we stopped for lunch at the top of the falls. It is an easy hike if you are in ok shape, though there are some steep inclines that will take the wind out of your sails a little haha! Both myself and my 2 year old really enjoyed the hike! He thought the waterfall was amazing. You can also swim there, though we didn't.

marley thatcher (86)

3 Completed3 Reviews

marley thatcher (86)

3 Completed3 Reviews

it's one of my favorites, cool swim hole too!

Crystal Ramirez (657)

13 Completed15 Reviews

Great hike for families and larger groups. mostly flat road and easy to walk. My 7 year came along and loved it. during summer I would recommend leaving early since its hot

Tera Huddleston (116)

1 Completed1 Reviews