God’s Bath is one of thousands of secret swimming holes in the California foothills. The CA foothills hide a plethora of ideal swim holes with their hot summertime temperatures (often in the 100s), ice cold streams (water that was snow about an hour before), plentiful H2O, and wildly varied geography.
This complex combination makes for some truly invigorating swimming hole experiences.
You jump in, gasp, catch your breath, dive underwater, open your eyes, pop up, scream, and swim to the side as fast as you can. This is why it’s key to find a spot where you can cliff jump into the frigid waters.
Cliff jumping provides the necessary thrill to repeatedly get you into the ice bath. The 100F degree temps don’t hurt in getting you in either. Beer doesn’t hurt either…
Many of these swimming holes are stunning. God’s Bath is no exception. The combination of deep and shallow crystal clear water reflects a multitude of color back to the human eye. Deep blues and blacks, sharp yellows and oranges, warm greens and grays, small rainbows and prisms.
The coolest feature at God’s bath is the granite bridge. You can jump in off the little waterfall-cliff, swim under a granite bridge, and pop out in a hole milled out by the stream (you’ll see this in the video). It’s just another perk that makes God’s Bath one of the best swimming holes in California.
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