Shingle Falls Trail Spenceville Wildlife Area

Smartville, California

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This trail features one of the area's best waterfalls in the Sierra foothills. The little-known Spenceville Wildlife Area is directly east of Beale Air Force Base and the town of Marysville. This is classic Sierra foothill country, with verdant oak woodlands, open meadows, and jungle-like riparian habitat. It’s all green splendor in the spring, but a bit dry and plagued with stickers the rest of the year. During spring flows, Shingle Falls (also know as Fairy Falls) forms a spectacular 100-foot-high falls. Much of the hike follows gated roads, but some single-track loop trail options add visual and topographical diversity.

Shingle Falls Trail: Spenceville Wildlife Area Professional Review and Guide

"This trail features one of the area's best waterfalls in the Sierra foothills. The little-known Spenceville Wildlife Area is directly east of Beale Air Force Base and the town of Marysville. This is classic Sierra foothill country, with verdant oak woodlands, open meadows, and jungle-like riparian habitat. It’s all green splendor in the spring, but a bit dry and plagued with stickers the rest of the year. During spring flows, Shingle Falls (also know as Fairy Falls) forms a spectacular 100-foot-high falls. Much of the hike follows gated roads, but some single-track loop trail options add visual and topographical diversity."

Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding
Nearby City: Smartville
Distance: 4.9
Elevation Gain: 259 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2 to 4 hours
Season: Best: Fall, Winter, Spring
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Maps: USGS Camp Far West and Wolf
Driving Directions: Directions to Shingle Falls Trail: Spenceville Wildlife Area

Recent Trail Reviews

4/14/2014
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Nice easy hike. The falls were cool to see. There were many cows in the fields, and a few standing on the trails... Many cows had young nearby, and one seemed as if it were going to charge... (we altered our route around the young and mothers). Biggest issue with the trail is getting there. Some of the road names have changed... following the directions... but just prior to the dam turn left onto Camp Far West road, and follow it until it "T"s with Springfield road, then turn right to head to the parking area. Also one of the bridges listed as access to the trail is gone, but it is very obvious how to find the trail.



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May 2018