Hike to Fairy Falls (Shingle Falls)

Fairy Falls Trailhead - Search Nearby - Added by Annelise Del Rio

This a pretty hike in the Central Valley foothills that ends with views of the upper and lower Shingle Falls (Also called Fairy Falls).

Start at the Fairy Falls trailhead in Spenceville Wildlife Area Field Trial Grounds in Penn Valley (careful on the bumpy roads in). From the parking lot, cross a small bridge and make a right onto a dirt road. After about a mile you will follow the road to the right and continue through the gate. There will be a few signs to guide you along the way. Continue following the path, past a cattle guard, until you come to a spot where three trails split from the main road. There are signs to guide you, but you can take any of the trails to get to the falls as they form a loop. The one on the left takes you to the upper falls first, the middle goes to the lower falls, and the path on the right will take you along the river first. There is a short fence on the edge of the upper falls but there is river access along the path as well. There are plenty of great spots by the water to stop for a picnic too! The trail winds through grassy hills where there are plenty of cattle grazing so watch out for cow pies along the way. This trail is best to hike in the spring when the temperatures are cooler, wildflowers are blooming, and there is a lot of water at the falls.


5 Miles RT





Dog Friendly
Easy Parking

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Too bad that there’s no restroom over there.

New Years Day

This was well worth getting up early for. Beat the crowd. Gorgeous weather, no crowds, bright sunny and peacefully quiet. Nice wide path, very little climb until the very end near the falls. Quite a bit of military history here I'd like to read up on.

Easy If You Plan Ahead

Steady long hike that ends with a little uphill push. In summer months, May to September make sure to go early, the day gets hot fast. Pack in a picnic. Great adventure for kids and adults.


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