We were lazing about on one of our typical Sunday afternoons, when N and Fran decided we should go on a hike. They researched and printed out a map for a falls a short drive from home.
The trailhead for Shellberg Falls is in the Gates/Silver Falls area, nestled between farm and forest land. The parking area is small and no restrooms are available in the area. Most of the trail is a gravel road with a slight uphill grade and many cattle guards (and cattle). The last half mile, the cattle pasture is replaced by forest--tall conifers with sword ferns covering most of the floor. It's a fairly easy hike with a nice reward at the end (if you start early enough) and access to other trails if you hike beyond the waterfall.