Candy Rock – Murphys, CA
The meteorological summer started on Monday, and cliff jumping season couldn’t come sooner, so 12 of my buddies and I went down to a hot local spot called “Candy Rock” located in the Stanislaus National Forest. At a scorching 70 degrees, it was a mystery why there weren’t too many people here. Actually, we were the only group of people that were there for the greater part of the day.
After turning down the three miles of potholes and gravel known as Candy Rock Road, you arrive at a roundabout where you park anywhere. Then .25 miles of stairs leads you to the first swimming hole. This is a beautiful place where you can test the water and warm up your jumps and flips at the 12-foot cliffs. Once you’ve gained some confidence, time to head down to the big boy. After rock crawling downstream a tenth of a mile, you arrive at a small waterfall that is adjacent to “Candy Rock.” Trust me, you won’t miss it.
Once you get to the rock, you have two adventurous options. One, you can jump off the rock, 30′ into the waterfall tailings. Two, you can put a little water on the face of the rock slabs and slide down 25′ into the waterfall tailings. Both options are amazing, it’s just a wonder how nature could create two glorious things directly next to each other. Bring water, the canyon can get hot and the hike back up the stairs is always brutal.