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Fairy Falls - Marysville

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This hike to Fairy Falls takes you along an easy route through an area of intense geologic history to a set of waterfalls—all of which will be flooded if the proposed Waldo Dam is constructed. Fairy Falls (also known as Shingle Falls on topos) sits astride the ill-named Dry Creek and drops 60 feet to the pool before tumbling over Lower Fairy Falls.

The surrounding Spenceville Wildlife Area is a foothill sanctuary, preserving acres of classic California pastoral landscapes, green in winter and gold in summer.

This trail is home to a vast number of migratory birds. If you are interested in rocks, Fairy falls and Dry Creek's canyon expose geologic features that are within easy reach. You will see blossoming flowers at there springtime peak.

Distance ~6miles Difficulty moderate Elevation +600 -600 ft Time 3-5 hours

Directions to trailhead Take 80 East to Hwy 65 North. Follow 65 until it become CA 20. In Marysville, turn right onto CA 20 and drive 0.2 miles, then turn left onto CA 20 and proceed 0.2 miles. Make another right turn to continue on CA 20. Follow CA 20 for 18.5 miles to Smartville Rd, on the right (Beale AFB sign). Turn right on Smartville Rd and go 5.5 miles, staying to the left, to reach Waldo Rd. Turn left onto this gravel road and drive 1.8 miles to Spenceville Rd. Be careful when crossing over the wooden-decked Waldo Bridge. Stay on Spenceville Rd 2.3 miles to its end. Your trailhead is across the old wooden bridge that crosses Dry Creek.