Spenceville Road

Spenceville Wildlife Area, California

Distance9.3mi
Elevation Gain1,646ft
Trailhead Elevation1,462ft
Top1,466ft
Elevation Min/Max255/1466ft
Elevation Start/End1462/1462ft

Spenceville Road

Spenceville Road is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Nevada County and Yuba County, California. It is within Spenceville Wildlife Area. It is 9.3 miles long and begins at 1,462 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 18.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,646 feet. Along the trail there is a parking. This trail connects with the following: Long Ravine Road, Nichols Road and Hatchet Creek Road.

Spenceville Road Professional Reviews and Guides

"This site is a mix of two kinds of habitat: rolling foothill country and flat agricultural rice fields. The two flow smoothly together into a bit of unspoiled rural California. Specialty birds: Resident—White-faced Ibis, Black Rail, Western Screech-Owl, Nuttall’s Woodpecker, Hutton’s Vireo, Yellow-billed Magpie, Oak Titmouse, Western Bluebird, Rufous-crowned Sparrow, Lesser Goldfinch. Summer—Black-chinned Hummingbird, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Western Kingbird, Violet-green Swallow, Black-headed Grosbeak, Lazuli Bunting, Bullock’s Oriole, Lawrence’s Goldfinch. Winter—Bald Eagle, Lewis’s Woodpecker, Red-breasted Sapsucker, Says’ Phoebe. Migrant—Rufous Hummingbird, Hammond’s Flycatcher. This eTrail provides detailed information on birding strategies for this specific location, the specialty birds and other key birds you might see, directions to each birding spot, a detailed map, and helpful general information."

"Shingle Falls (also known as Fairy Falls) is an unexpected oasis, a swimming hole popular with locals but little known among the broader hiking fraternity. The surrounding Spenceville Wildlife Area is a foothill sanctuary, preserving acres of classic California pastoral landscapes, green in winter and gold in summer."

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2/12/2008
Finding the area is a challenge. Go to http://spenceville.org/ and you will find all the info you need. Trail was easy to follow and the falls were spectacular to see.
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1/9/2008
Not easy to find! Very pretty country. I would recommend going when the weather has been dry for a little while. We went in late December and ended up quite muddy by the time we made it back to the car. We took the "low road" and followed a small trail by Dry Creek instead of taking the fire road. It was very pretty, but some rough going at times. I ended up with poison oak on my arms - I didn't realize that you can get it from bare stems! We took the fire road back and found out from other hikers that we could have taken the fire road to the falls. It was a long hike for my little ones (youngest is 8) but they made it!
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3/24/2007
Nice trail, wide road, trail not marked well - road dead ends to an open field, make sure you look to the right and you'll see a 2 gates, 1 large gate for vehicles or horses and a walk through gate for hikers, go through this and you'll be back on a road then when it appears to go straight or to the left, GO TO THE LEFT THROUGH THE CATTLE GATE, or you'll be on your own trying to find your way and it makes the trail a More of a Moderate - It would have been better if there were a map - but all the same it was beautiful
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12/29/2006
Nice rolling oak-studded grassy hills. The instructions weren't sufficient to find the waterfall. The "main road" has a gate across it, as does another intersecting road. We went over the gate on the main road and it continues up the hill and away from the stream. We never found a waterfall or came near water again. It was a pleasant day and hike, but nothing special.
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Trail Information

Spenceville Wildlife Area
Nearby City
Spenceville Wildlife Area
Parks
Spenceville Wildlife Area, Department of Fish and Game, Friends of Spenceville
Local Contacts
USGS Camp Far West, Wolf.
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Oct 2018