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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T Smith (1261)

81 Completed43 Reviews

we love this trail on a cool spring day. watch for hunting season though late March into first weekend of April that you can't hike, it's close enough to home so we take visitors and all age groups. probably not the best hike if you're going to travel over an hour. waterfall is cool, swimming holes, rocks to jump around on, dangerous section with small children near falls, just be watchful. lot of roaming cows, saw coyote at dusk once.

Jeremy Masters (126)

10 Completed5 Reviews

I love this place, I've been going here since i was a kid.
Now my kids love it too!
Creek hiking is the best, lots of cool hidden spots out here.
It's a hot walk in the summer, i like to go at night.
Watch out for poison oak and make sure you spare tire is good on your car.

Sophia H. (45)

this was impossible to find!!! my boyfriend and i were really looking forward to it, but we ended up driving around for 3 hours and were unable to find the trailhead... i would love to go back and try again, does anyone have any helpful information to reach the trail?

Owen Autry (37)

1 Completed1 Reviews

This is a great family hike and short. The weather played a big part in it's enjoyment. You will not be alone.

Kristi Kuhn (38)

1 Completed1 Reviews

Really beautiful waterfall and pretty easy to get to once you find the trailhead. Make sure you go past the shooting range and keep following the road for a couple miles. The parking lot will be on your left.

You're able to find spots to go down towards the river and hang out. You can take either trail for the upper falls or lower falls and you'll end up in the same spot.

Susan Simmers (241)

4 Completed2 Reviews

I'm sure this would have been a beautiful trail if the trailhead was even remotely easy to find. We drove all over and did not see one trail marker. It made for a frustrating morning. Not one I am likely to repeat.

Jared Ruggles (75)

2 Completed2 Reviews

Make sure you stay on the truck sized path at the beginning. There is a gate to the left that we went through that took us in the wrong direction. I am glad we went through it as it took us on a long scenic route, crossed a creek a couple times, spent some time on the horse path making our way though beautiful green fields (we were on a clearly marked path the whole time so we were not worried that we would get lost just worried we would not find the waterfall) but we were lucky enough to come in contact with a rancher on his horse with his herd dog. He pointed us in the direction of the falls and we made it.

James Brinkmann (184)

2 Completed1 Reviews

With the recent heavy rains the waterfall had been absolutely gushing. the trail is still in good shape and the fairy falls are loud and vibrant.

I would highly recommend this trail. It is the perfect waterfall/picnic date hike.

Jeffrey Roth (101)

1 Completed1 Reviews

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.

Kathleen Beldon Curry (148)

12 Completed1 Reviews

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.