Gods Bath - Hike and Swim near Phoenix Lake-Cedar Ridge, CA, California
Phoenix Lake-Cedar Ridge,California
37.9858, -120.053
GPS: 37°59'8.9"N 120°3'10.8"W
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State: California
Trail Length: 0.90 miles
Trail Type: Out & Back
Hike Difficulty: Advanced

Rivers Waterfalls Streams Rocks Ponds

Hike and Swim

God's Bath swimming hole in the Clavey River is a beautiful and popular location to take a dive in. However, the hike to get there is about one mile of rock climbing. The trailhead begins on a bridge, where there are ropes to help you along the steep trail down into the canyon. The rest of the hike is a little less than a mile, but it does require you to wade in the stream as you hop and climb over the rocks. The water at God's Bath is crystal clear, but it tends to get cold, so be sure to visit in the summer. There are also smaller pools on the way down to God's Bath which visitors can use to take a quick break on their treacherous journey to the official pool. There are also a handful of popular cliff jumping spots surrounding the pool.

Because it is so well known, it tends to get a little crowded, so visitors are encouraged to take out any trash or belongings they may have brought in with them. 

The hike can be dangerous if you're not careful, so watch out for slippery or mossy rocks, as well as poison oak, which has been known to gather near the bridge.

942 Edited by smbrady17

Be courteous, informed, and prepared. Read trailhead guidelines, stay on the trail, and don't feed the wildlife.

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  1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
  2. Travel & camp on durable surfaces
  3. Dispose of waste properly
  4. Leave what you find
  5. Minimize campfire impacts