• Activities:

    Chillin, Camping, Photography, Swimming, Backpacking, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Spring, Summer, Autumn

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Family Friendly
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Swimming Hole

Natural granite swimming holes with waterfalls and slides. Great group camping spots with an easy approach - less than 20 minutes.

This fantastic camping or chilling spot has beautiful granite pools and slides of all sizes. The area consists of a river flowing over a granite slab creating pools some of which are over ten feet deep. The water cascades down the granite in small water falls. The area is located next to Silver Lake in Amador County just off of Highway 88.

If you are leaving from the Tahoe area, head southbound on 89 until you reach Highway 88. Head West on 88 towards Carson Pass. You will pass Caples Lake on your way to Silver Lake. Once you arrive at Silver Lake, there is free parking in a pull off just before the bridge near the Kit Carson Lodge Sign.

On the South side of the bridge opposite of the lake on 88, there is a trail that points towards the drainage leaving Silver Lake. Follow this trail that essentially parallels the river until you get to the camping area. The best group site is on the north side of the river and is a large flat sandy area surrounded by large granite slabs.

There are many pools and granite features to explore so make sure you have ample time to see everything that this awesome campsite has to offer.

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  • Cooking Equipment
  • Swimming Suit
  • Food and Beverages
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Beautiful scenery, near lots of easily accessible granite bouldering

5 months ago
5 months ago

Great spot! Trail is south of the bridge labeled "PH." Lots of good swimming holes.

6 months ago
6 months ago

We just went yesterday and it was so beautiful and fun! The river was really strong so it was hard to find a place to swim, but we managed to find a little alcove with some shade where the water was calm so we could swim without being swept away. I will definitely be going back, it was beautiful

8 months ago
8 months ago

Couldn't figure out the free parking as the campsite was closed when we went. Ended up camping near by at an open campsite - it was ok because it was winter and chilly so we could have fire. We did hike in and the scenery was beautiful. You get to the vast views over the valley surrounded by rushing water and interesting rock formations which is breathtaking. I particularly liked the trees that seem to grow directly out of the rocks. Will try to camp in the summer when we don't need fire for warmth.

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

Did this during the Summer of 2013 with friends, and Jake! It's incredibly easy to get to if you're already in the Tahoe area, it has a great vantage point for epic Tahoe sunsets, it's nearly silent except for the rush of the water, and there is plenty of space to spread out and think. Worthy!

over 2 years ago
over 2 years ago

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Adventurer, Photographer, Impact Investor. I work with companies that want to have a positive impact on the world around them.

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