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Californians are extremely outdoors people. They are always on the run visiting unstoppable noisy parties and sharing endless rock’n’roll energy. So, why not to use the opportunities their homeland provides them with when the yearning for hiking, swimming, camping, and jumping is calling for them? If you're an ardent cliff-jumper, here are top five locations in California which were picked as the obligatory resorts to visit and check out.
Location #1. Tar Creek Falls
2-hour ride from Downtown Los Angeles is totally worth it. Because here, the most exciting cliff-jumping spot in the entire state is situated. Hiking two miles around will lead you to the three amazing pools. However, if your main goal is just cliff jumping, then your impressions depend on the height which varies throughout the whole location. It's 15-25 feet at the Upper Falls and 10-20 at the Lower Falls. If you are brave enough, try its maximum height of 70 feet. If jumps are not the purpose, then tourists can also enjoy swimming in the clearest water of two rivers: Tar Creek itself and Sespe. The best season to enjoy this place the most is spring.
Location #2. Malibu Creek Rock Pools
This area is not only about having a lazy rest on the beach. By the mid of the day it can get pretty crowded, so if you want to enjoy the nature alone, you better strike out early. But if you feel adventurous, you can attend this cute location one hour away from Los Angeles Downtown. Young people here are crazy about cliff jumping, so Rock Pools is the right place to get unforgettable emotions. Just head to the visitors center and in a mile, you’ll reach the swimming hole situated at the outlet of a picturesque gorge. It has porous rock walls that make it a playground for cliff-jumpers and climbers. Basically, there are two convenient jumping spots of just about 20 and 70 feet deep respectively. However, they are enough to have a wonderful spring rest.
Location #3. Aztec Falls
Are you keen on the ancient history and Indian tribes? You can satisfy your archaeological and sports interests by paying Pacific Crest Trail a warm visit. To reach Aztec Falls, you will need to hike for roughly two miles from Hook Creek Road to reach the bridge. After you cross it, continue walking along until a spray-painted blue arrow pointing towards Aztec Falls. The height of the rock is approximately 60 feet which is more than enough for cliff jumping. It is better to choose a hot day in a midsummer as the water there is very chilly.
Location #4. Hermit Falls
It’s the closest point to LA. Starting from Chantry Flats head to the First Water Trail. Then, after a short distance, pick up a road heading down to the creek bed. There you’ll find some signs that will help you on your way to the Falls. You'll find two basic swimming holes around. So, if one is overloaded with the visitors or if you don’t support the idea of jumping from the 30-feet height, try the lower pool. Also visiting Hermit Falls, except for cliff jumping, you can go camping, hiking, swimming, observing different species of plants and animals. You can bring your kids too. It can get pretty cold there from time to time, so it's recommended to go there in the midsummer.
Location #5. Matilija Falls
Matilija Falls is located in the Matilija Wilderness, California. You have to drive for about 5 files from Matilija Road to the parking area. From there you should hike for 9 miles. It is hard to deal with this distance in one day so there are several campgrounds in Matilija Wilderness. There are two trailheads for this hike but no matter which one you'll choose, it'll totally worth it. With the rocks gaining the height of 50 ft, Matilija Falls will steal your heart of a cliff jumper. However, the water level here varies due to the regular raining seasons. Early fall and late spring are the best periods to visit this location due to its beautiful nature and sun exposure.
Being a citizen of LA, you might be tired of the above-mentioned locations. Look for the latest sensation by exploring Hawaii’s cliff jumping destinations: http://www.gapyear.com/articles/232859/cliff-jumping-and-hiking-in-hawaii
WARNING! Be aware of the actual depth, rocks, living species, and trees before making the jump. Think about your safety first!
About the author:
Anne J. Young is an experienced senior consultant, sales manager, and tourism blog writer, who is willing to help students studying in the corresponding field by sharing her articles at https://paperswrite.org/. She managed to graduate from two tourism schools with honor: one in California State Polytechnic University in Pomona and another in Cypress College. Being a native-born Californian, she knows everything about best local resorts, sightseeing and other places of fun. Her writing career is still developing thanks to her efforts and academic writing assistance. Anne is running her Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program in Writing in San Francisco now.
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