Hike to Fairy Falls (Shingle Falls)
Lake Tahoe › Fairy Falls Trailhead
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.
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This place is absolutely beautiful, peacefully quiet and worth the hike if you're up for it. For me, the body aches will be killing me and my feet are screaming in pain right now as I just did this hike earlier today. The waterfalls/swimming holes are very serene like but getting there will take some time but it's worth it. I would do this hike again - if I can. Lol
Wow Cool Waterfall Dude
Pretty neat place! The hike to the falls is kinda long but not bad. There's a cool little watering hole that's great for swimming in along the way, and when you're at the top of the waterfall (if you're brave), you can stand right up on the spot where the water flows over the edge.
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