Southern California Swimming Holes to Cool Off in This Summer

With soaring temperatures and the multiple heat waves of summer, Southern California needs options for cooling off. Of course, there are beaches and some people have pools, but there’s another option: swimming holes.

SoCal is home to many of these beautiful spots, which are perfect for getting relief from the heat and going on an adventure while doing so. Keep in mind that water levels will vary with the season and drought conditions. Many of these swimming holes also require a hike to reach.*740/RedRockPool.JPG

Red Rock Pool

This popular swimming hole surrounded by beautiful scenery requires a short hike on the Red Rock Trail in the Los Padres National Forest. Photo: Ashley Lynn*1317/AztecFalls.jpg

Aztec Falls

A short hike along the Pacific Crest Trail in the San Bernardino Mountains leads to this serene spot to take a swim. Photo: Daniel Sanchez*1317/SolsticeCanyon1.jpg

Solstice Canyon

This Malibu hike features the ruins of multiple properties, as well as a waterfall and a small shaded natural pool. Photo: Alejandro Hernandez*337/MalibuCreekRockPool.jpg

Malibu Creek Rock Pool

This expansive swimming hole in Malibu Creek State Park is a popular spot for Angelenos looking to cool off in the summer. Photo: Tiffanie Tayrien*740/BridgetoNowhere.jpg

Bridge to Nowhere

Although not large enough to dive in, this small hole tucked inside the San Gabriel Mountains is great for a dip to help cool off. Photo: Jesse Kitnick*1223/CooperCanyonFalls.jpg

Cooper Canyon Falls

Located in the Angeles National Forest, lush mountainous pine forests line this calm pool and its waterfall. Photo: Instagram user @valarieswish*1112/SwitzerFalls.jpg

Switzer Falls

This waterfall and swimming hole in the San Gabriel Mountains is great for a dip in the water. There is also a picnic area nearby. Photo: Maria C.Canedo*987/Sturtevant+Falls.jpg

Sturtevant Falls

Among the most popular hikes in the San Gabriel Mountains, the hike to Sturtevant Falls will lead you to a beautiful waterfall and small pool. Photo: Chris Baum*740/Hermit+Falls.jpg

Hermit Falls

Some flock to this pool for cliff-diving, but it’s probably safer to keep your feet on the ground. This popular swimming hole in the San Gabriel Mountains is surrounded by slate-colored boulders. Photo: Kelly Thompson*1235/Teneja+Falls.jpg

Teneja Falls

Along the Cleveland National Forest on the Teneja Falls trail lies a waterfall and relaxing natural pool. Photo: Kali Johnson

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