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Rainbow Pool

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nice stop to cool off!

It is not well marked but it is well worth the stop to jump in the pool, or watch others dive in... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
gooddog88
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Marysville, Pennsylvania
Great place for swimming

Rainbow pool is an easy access area with two swimming holes. You can jump off of a rock or slide... read more

Reviewed August 2, 2018
Winkylee12
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Camarillo
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Highway 120, Groveland, CA
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All reviews swimming hole cool off easy access great spot off the highway the cliff nice stop take away at your own risk few hours great swimming hidden gem picnic tables yosemite valley day trip waterfall rock
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It is not well marked but it is well worth the stop to jump in the pool, or watch others dive in. Some nice hiking trails into the hills, too.

Thank gooddog88
Reviewed August 2, 2018

Rainbow pool is an easy access area with two swimming holes. You can jump off of a rock or slide down a waterfall into the lower pool. So much fun and such clear water.

Thank Winkylee12
Reviewed July 31, 2018

Great gem close to Groveland. Lots of locals swim here and jump from the rocks. There's also a nice rock slide. Take your swimming shoes and enjoy a nice very cool dive! Great experience!

Thank Jet B
Reviewed July 19, 2018

This is an amazingly beautiful spot not more than 2 minutes off highway 120. It is so easy to get to, it is almost a shame not to stop there on your way up to or back from Yosemite. The waters are deep and clear,...More

7  Thank Derek O
Reviewed July 15, 2018

The actual pool area can get very busy, however, if you walk upstream a little there is no one and you can have a ton of fun in the water - the water has created sort of natural slides and whirlpools that are a ton...More

Thank Katja_e_b
Reviewed July 9, 2018

Day use area - creek and small falls. Hard to get to creek, quite a rocky pathway. Good amount of parking.

Thank GiantsFan2011
Reviewed July 1, 2018 via mobile

A nice place to cool off and get away from the heat of the day. Quite a small area so it was quite busy on weekend when we attended. Lots of little paths down to the river and nice clear water to dip into. Free...More

2  Thank Craig M
Reviewed June 28, 2018

We didn’t get down to the water, pretty steep for us older people. But the falls and pools were georgous. If u are young, GO!! Picnic tables, bbqs and steps.

Thank MarieC201866
Reviewed June 18, 2018

A picturesque little spot to stop and cool off on your way to Yosemite. If you're going to go, be sure it's on your trip to Yosemite and not from. After seeing the falls in Yosemite Valley, these won't seem quite as impressive.

1  Thank Andy B
Reviewed May 16, 2018 via mobile

If you weren’t paying attention you’d drive past this gem. Ample parking easy access to falls. Be careful though. Water is running fast and the current is strong. Kids were jumping off the rocks. Worth the stop

Thank Phych99
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sheabutter243
August 9, 2018|
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Response from Phych99 | Reviewed this property |
Rainbow pools is outside of the main gate into Yosemite. I know that Yosemite has been closed for two weeks while they gain control of the fire. Last I heard it was 42 percent contained. I don’t see them opening the park... More
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aliciawald1
November 5, 2017|
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Response from braun418 | Reviewed this property |
Probably too cold. More of a summer stop when you can go swimming
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Jose M
September 12, 2017|
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Response from bboymsia | Reviewed this property |
The waterfall is within a stones throw from the car park, but if you arrive later in the morning, you will have to park further away. We parked about 5 minutes away. Easy with tarred road to the falls.
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