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.

Pack List

  • Tent
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Cooking Equipment
  • Swimming Suit
  • Food and Beverages
  • Backpack
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Activities Chillin, Camping, Photography, Swimming, Backpacking, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Spring, Summer, Autumn
Features
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Forest
Groups
Lake
Picnic Area
River
Romantic
Scenic
Waterfall
Wildflowers
Wildlife
Swimming Hole

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Great Easy Hike-in Camping

Beautiful scenery, near lots of easily accessible granite bouldering

Perfect For Chillin

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

Crazy Beautiful!

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


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