Posted by Lauren
My last Yosemite post was
along time ago all about hiking Upper Yosemite Falls with my friends. Phew! Talk about a sweaty, hot day! Let’s flip into recap mode so I can show and tell you all about the Rainbow Pools.
We definitely needed a way to cool down after our sweaty hike, so it made perfect sense to stop at the Rainbow Pools, a well known swimming hole just outside of the Yosemite gates.
Rainbow Pools are natural swimming holes along the south fork of the Tuolumne river where one can dip their feet, take a plunge or just watch courageous kids jump the rock lined ledges into the largest of the inviting pools.
The area is accessible all year round. If the gate for the road down to the parking area is closed, you can park on the road and walk in. Swimming is best in summer, July through September.
Originally a toll stop in the stagecoach days, later a popular resort until 1958 when fire burned the resort. Now, a popular swimming and picnic area.
Getting there: Rainbow pools is located 15 miles East of Groveland, take a right just before the big bridge. If you miss the right, just after the bridge is the turnoff to Cherry Lake, you can turn around there.
Question: Would you jump?
Why does this remind me of a particular scene in Twilight… oh jeez.
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