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.

This isn't the most difficult hike in the world, but it's one of my favorites. The terrain is extremely varied for such a small hike. You start at an abandoned mine at the site of an old town known as Spenceville. As you walk the dirt road, you see pass a creek and cross rolling hills. At the end of the road, you turn right and pass through a metal gate. Once past the gate, you climb a hill and emerge on a grassy meadow and a cattle crossing. At the edge of the meadow is a trail that leads through a wooded area and finally exits at a great swimming hole along the creek. After a refreshing dip, follow the trail along the creekside and up the hill. Climb over the rocks and you're at the overlook for Beale Falls. You can either walk around the other side of the hill and to the top of the falls, or walk the steep trail next to the protective fence. Either way, it's a great place to eat lunch. When it's all over, head back the way you came!

Drive East on Hammonton/Smartville Rd. from Marysville East. Turn right on Smartville Rd. at the Beale AFB exit. 5 miles to Waldo Rd.. Turn left on Waldo Rd., which is a dirt road. Cross the one-lane bridge and turn left. Drive to dead end at wooden bridge. This is the trailhead.

California Department of Fish & Game, Spenceville Area Manager (530) 538-2236

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The hike to the falls was nothing too spectacular. A leisurely stroll through the golden foothills with scattered oaks. The trail is wide and exposed so if you're going in the heat, bring proper protection and lots of water. Once you get to the fall, there's a steep, short hike down to the bottom with a great hole for swimming. The fall makes it worth the hike. July 17th and the water was flowing somewhat strong, but clear that it was dwindling.

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Beautiful falls. Getting to the start of trailhead can be confusing. From Sacramento take HWY 65 to Wheatland, make a right on Main Street, which turns to Spenceville Rd, make a right on Camp Far West. You will be driving on a dirt, rocky road. On the right, you will see the turnoff to the Camp Far West campground, go past this and go straight up the hill for about ten miles and make a right at the "Y." You will come to a "T" first, past this. At the Y, there is a sign that says Spenceville Wildlife Area.

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Finding it can be tricky. Go to Camp Far West reservoir. Go past the campground until it ends at old Spenceville Rd. Turn right. Go another few miles and you will see the old cement footbridge on the left. Follow the signs. Awesome Trail, Easy hike but can got hot. Take a large bottle of water and bring some snacks to enjoy. Look for the old mining equipment at the top of the falls. There is also a memorial cross for a young man who lost his life jumping off into the water.

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how exactly fo I make it to the parking?

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Jus finished this hike with my husband and our dogs, a lab and a shihtzu. The hike itself was a very nice easy hike, finding the trailhead was not as easy. The road leading to it is gravel n very bumpy; had we known, would've driven truck instead of TL.

We chose to do this hike because it's dog friendly. Since we got lost on the way to the trailhead, we got a later start on the trail so it was hot. Overall, was glad there was still some shade. We appreciated the view of the falls and the dogs did not hesitate to jump in the water after hiking n the hot sun. Thumbs up to lower falls :D

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So beautiful! Very easy Hike! No cell signal, had to have a girl life flighted out.. so be well prepared.

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Great hike. Easy route and beautiful falls. Lots of geocaches out here as well.

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Beautiful, easy spring time trail. Flowers and birds in abundance lending a magical quality to parts of the trail. The falls at the turn around point are a perfect picnic spot or you can walk down to the bottom of the falls for nice creek side rock hopping.

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Beautiful

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