Sunday, August 8, 2010

God's Bath, Sonora, CA









    (GOD'S BATH CLIFF - HOW FAST AND HOW HIGH?)

11 comments:

  1. I went swimming here in October of 2005 and this is an amazing swimming hole. It is in my top 3 in Sonora and within a 25 mile radius of it.

    The high point to jump in is about 20 feet depending on how high the water is. Near that high point is a pit (the radius is only about 4 feet or so if my memory serves me right). Once you jump into this pit you can swim under a rock bridge (all underwater) to get to the main swimming hole. It can be scary if you are not comfortable.

    Across this high point is a vertical face you can run along. It is difficult to get to this ledge if you are tall and/or fat because the ledge is narrow and cramped. It is best to do this when your swim trunks are still dry. My first try I fell off and bruised my butt because it is near the very shallow part, which drops off dramatically into an unbelievably deep abyss.

    The waterfall has places to sit behind it. It is a lot of fun to swim through the waterfall and sit there for a while. It is loud.

    All in all it is an amazing swimming hole and I recommend it to everyone. You have to plan when you are going. The water can be too high or too low depending on the last storm upstream. It can also be too cold depending on the date or time of day because the sun cannot always get between the those hills. When I first jumped in I was not warned and the shock of the cold pushed all the air from my lungs.

    *BEWARE: After me and my friends parked on the bridge we had a short hike. Only problem is the trail is lined with poison ivy. Be careful and make sure you know how to recognize it.

    I only have pictures from a film camera. So I can't share our shots. It'd be easier for people to see the pit I am talking about because I cannot describe how amazing it is.

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  2. Thanks for your comments. I agree!

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  3. how do you get to this spot? no one really has clear directions. i have been to candy rock in avery near sonora is it close to that?
    does anyone have clear directions to give?

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    1. Sorry its a secret. I wish they never published in that book :(

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  4. does anyone know how to get here? its not on the map of directions that is listed...

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  6. this is a joke i went found nothing many people on the internet with many stories no one willing to give clear directions none the same and hostil locals made for a day of driving for nothing

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  7. Go to sonora ca, take toulumne road to buchannon and take bucannon all the way to the second bridge ( green) you can hike down the mountian, there are ropes down the steap mountian and hike 3/4 mile hike up stream.

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    1. This is about as accurate as you can get, I've only been there because my friend who took me grew up in the area.

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