Fairy Falls Trailhead

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Trail Distance: 5.3 miles
Time Estimate: 2 hr 40 min+
Elevation Gain: 1000 feet
Leash Rule: On & Off Leash
Difficulty: Moderate
Parking: Free
Route Type: Loop
Restroom: No
Description

The Fairy Falls Trailhead is in the heart of old Spencerville, an old military training town that was abandoned during WWII. Although abandoned now, that hasn't stopped people from showing up and exploring the area, mostly by trekking along Fairy Falls Trail and following it up to Beale Falls. The trail boasts pretty scenery and natural splendor of the area, and travels through the region with a maintained grass and mulch path that stays about 2 feet wide the entire length.

Spencerville was originally founded as a mining town, and this is obvious at the trailhead where you can see an old mine with old caves. The trailhead offers a dirt parking area where the trail begins to wind north over a bridge that travels over Dry Creek. The trail continues north, passing grassy fields and under large oak trees. Along the first mile, there will continue to be remnants of old mining equipment and mines. The short hike offers a large variety of terrain, including rolling hills and fields that take up the first half of the trail, before entering into a deep forest. At this point, the trail meets back at Dry Creek and provides access to sandy beaches and small pools where you can dip your feet, picnic, or fish.

After only a short time, the trail comes up across a railing that overlooks Beale Falls, a 100-foot waterfall that descends on the rocks below. After taking in all the scenery, you and Fido can head back up the loop, still exploring the new terrain until it connects back to the parking lot.

With such an easy going hike that is surrounded by grassy hills and beautiful forests, it won't be a surprise that you and Fido will want to come back for more.

Trail Features
Muddy, Steep Inclines, Beach, Forest, Diverse Landscape, Grassland
Scenic, Waterfall, Wildflowers, Abundant Wildlife
Cautions & Considerations
The safety railing only extends a short distance along the cliff overlooking the waterfall, so be careful to not get too close to unprotected cliffsides. The creek along the trail creates a good habitat for ticks, mosquitos, and poison ivy, so bring lots of bug spray and wear long sleeves.
Address
Fairy Falls Trailhead, 14936 Spenceville Rd
Penn Valley, CA 95946
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Address
Fairy Falls Trailhead, 14936 Spenceville Rd
Penn Valley, CA 95946
Hours
Mon Sunrise - Sunset
Tue Sunrise - Sunset
Wed Sunrise - Sunset
Thu Sunrise - Sunset
Fri Sunrise - Sunset
Sat Sunrise - Sunset
Sun Sunrise - Sunset