Cliff Diving / Cliff Jumping
Locations to Jump in California
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The list above is not yet complete as we are still searching for locations in California. The cliff jumping locations listed are to help guide you to a suitable place to jump. This means the areas listed throughout the site currently or at one time have contained one or more locations which match the requirements (being deep enough, etc.) for cliff jumping and diving. This may not hold true year round as water levels can recede. We cannot stress this point enough, always prepare and survey the area before cliff jumping. Serious injuries can occur; even when you are prepared.
There are most likely hundreds of locations to choose from elsewhere in California and multiple locations within a specific area. We are listing cliff jumping locations that are popular. If we were to list every water hole, it would be extensive. Instead, we'd rather focus on areas that are worth your time as opposed to a small body of water which doesn't offer the best landscape for cliff jumping.
Are you familiar with an unlisted location which is suitable for cliff jumping in California? Please recommend a location.
Extreme 80+ Cliff Jump at Red Rock in Solvang, California
Cliff Diving at McCloud Falls in Shasta National Forest in California
Angora Lakes are located in the Sierra Nevada and Lake Tahoe Watershed. During the summer, many visitors participate in water sports here. The cliff face at the upper lake is used as a jumping platform and is around 60 feet in height.
Cedar Creek Falls is located near Julian, California in San Diego County. It's said to be the best waterfall in the area. It's roughly 80 feet in height and is surrounded by rock walls.
Gibraltar Dam area is located in Santa Barbara County with GPS coordinates of Latitude: 34.5269389 and Longitude: -119.68708.
God's Bath is located near Sonora and is an amazing swimming hole. The cliffs are about 20 feet high but that will all depend upon the water level. There is an area to sit behind the waterfall and swim through it. There is a pit about 4 feet wide that you can jump into then swim underwater beneath a rock bridge and appear in the main swimming hole.
Hermit Falls is located near Arcadia, California. The trail starts off as the same one to Sturtevant Falls but then splits off to the right. Sturtevant Falls isn't the best for cliff jumping. Once at the falls, there are two main cliffs to jump from. One of them ranges between 10-15 feet and the other is around 50 feet.
La Jolla Clam is located in San Diego. It is north of Pacific Beach. For over one hundred years visitors have been cliff jumping here but sadly jumping is no longer allowed.
Malibu Creek State Park is located in the middle of the Santa Monica Mountains. Malibu Creek makes a quick turn through 400 foot volcanic rock cliffs and falls into a Rock Pool. This area is popular with moviemakers and has been the home to the set of "Swiss Family Robinson" and some Tarzan movies. The MASH television series set is also nearby.
Man's Jump is located in Thousand Oaks, California. This is a little swimming hole.
McCloud Falls is located in Shasta National Forest. There are three falls: lower, middle, and upper falls. This area is great for swimming and cliff jumping.
Mugu Rock is located near Port Hueneme and Oxnard, California in Ventura County. It is a distinctive feature to the Pacific coastline. Mugu Rock is the end of the Santa Monica Mountains and the boundary to the old Rancho Guadalasca. It is a dangerous place for cliff diving due to the sheer sides of the rocks.
Paradise Falls is located in the canyons of Wildwood Park near Thousand Oaks, California. The waterfall is roughly 40 feet in height.
Rainbow Pools is located about 15 miles east of Groveland, CA along the south fork of the Tuolumne River. The pools are natural swimming holes which attract many swimmers and cliff jumpers each year.
Red Rock is located near Solvang, California. This place has been said to be one of the best cliff diving spots in the United States. Along with being a great location, it is also a very dangerous one as well.
Rindge Dam is located northeast of Malibu Canyon Road in Malibu Creek State Park. The dam is 100 feet in height. There is a deep pool located at the base of the dam which attracts cliff divers.
Santa Paula Canyon Falls (The Punchbowls) is multi-level waterfall complex which is a great location for cliff diving. The cliffs range in height from 10 feet to as high as 80+ feet.
Tahoe National Forest is located in Northern California. The forest is 871,495 acres and spans across Sierra, Placer, Nevada, Yuba, Plumas and El Dorado counties. One area for cliff jumping is located near Foresthill, CA by Sailor Flat Trail and Beacroft Trail. Both trails are rated very difficult. Special thanks to Steven Anderson for informing us about this location.
Tar Creek Falls is located in the Las Padres National Forest.
Cliff Jumping in Northern California 2011
Cliff jumping is a dangerous sport and all precautions must be taken. Many people have died cliff jumping; even from a low height. Others have altered the rest of their lives due to injuries obtained from cliff jumping. Use common sense. Just because your friends dare you to jump is no reason to do so. That's normally how serious injuries occur as one tries to out-do the other. You may think jumping from a higher cliff is cool but know that the higher you go you are increasing the risk of injury. It is never recommended to jump from a height of over 40 feet. We are not responsible for any injuries, legal issues, or anything else associated with your cliff diving experience. We only provide locations we learn about from various sources. We post necessary precautions and it's up to the cliff jumper to follow those rules.
Locations on the map are for the general cliff diving area and are not to be viewed as the exact location to dive from. DO NOT DIVE FROM THE EXACT MAP LOCATION! Never dive or jump at an illegal location. That area is illegal for a reason. That reason is generally due to the area being dangerous (a large occurrence of underwater rocks, high accident rate, inadequate water depth, water depth that changes frequently, etc.) or that it is private property. We ask that jumpers research the area to determine if jumping is legal before going. Many locations are now illegal due to their dangerous conditions.
Follow all safety rules as described throughout the site, be careful and have fun!
Cliff Diving near Ventura, California
Cliff Diving at Rindge Dam near Malibu, California
Cliff Diving at Cedar Creek Falls in Ramona, California