Tahoe Swimming Holes


It is that time of year in Tahoe that is perfect for the locals. The summer crowds have begun to dwindle away as most kids have returned to school, the temperature still reaches the 80’s during the day, and the nights are brisk. What I love the most about this time of year, is that the swimming holes are perfect, the water is at just the right temperature for jumping into and splashing around in…and hardly anyone is there.

A “swimming hole” can be from a stream, river, or any other natural body of water that has spots deep enough for a person to swim in. All summer I wait to visit these holes, I am kind of a wimp when it comes to cold water, so the temperature has to be just right. Also, during spring and early summer the snow is still melting so the water is fast and not safe to swim in. Regardless of the time of year, or how fast the current is, remember to be cautious.

Here are a few of my favorite swimming holes around the Tahoe area. I would not recommend any of these spots for young children.

Potholes-Silver Lake / Carson Pass: 20 minute hike

Miles of granite rock have formed into giant pools along the Silver Fork American River, and some of them are so deep its hard to touch the bottom. With deep blue and dark turquoise waters is an inviting and well known spot to South Tahoe locals, as it easy to get to and there are more then a few swimming holes you can play Marco Polo in. . This use to be a hidden gem, but after a publishing in a guide book it became well known. I recommend going here from mid-summer to end of summer, the water is the perfect temperature.

To get here: This is off HWY 88 on the Carson Pass. Drive towards Silver Lake and across from the lake you will see a green access gate with parking for 4-5 cars. The trail is to the right, walk about 1.5 miles down and you can’t miss the pools.

Horsetail Falls-South Lake Tahoe: 45 minute-1 hour hike

If you enjoy chilly yet refreshing water, then this is a perfect spot to visit towards the end of summer. I know I have written about this hike before, but the swimming is too good not to talk about again. There is only a few spots that you can actually swim around in, but with crystal clear waters from the recent snow melt and the beauty all around you, its hard to not go! Plus there are a number of different rocks you can jump off from. 

To get here
: Highway 50 towards Placerville or Towards South Lake and it will be on your left/right. Parking is $5 and you will hike the Wilderness Bounty Trail. There is a couple swimming spots on the way up towards the base of the fall if you would rather not hike all the way there. If you choose to hike to the bottom you will find two swim spots there.

North Fork Falls-Emigrant Gap: 10-15 min walk

We stumbled upon this spot while camping out in this area a few years ago and we have been coming back ever since. It is my all time favorite swimming hole, and it is a secret spot not many people know about. I have only told a few people about this place because I love it so much. When you take the trail down it is almost like you have entered another world, or like you are in Oregon, it is so lush and green and so very peaceful. That is until you get to waterfall which is only 60 feet or so. You have two different pools as the waterfall has two separate drop off points, both just as deep as the other. I have actually jumped off into them both and have not touched the bottom. The water here is dark blue and quite warm too!

I won’t give out the information for this spot as it is not so well known, but let me know if you find it on your own 😉

Let me know if I should check any other swim spots out before the summer season is over!

I’ll be off hiking as many trails as I can with Baby M before the seasons start changing. Not sure if anyone knows of the “52 Hike Challenge”? But we are so close !!! Happy Labor Day



Oregon Trail pt.4

Driving into California yesterday was bittersweet as we came to an end of our Oregon adventure. Our trip isn’t quite over, but I hated leaving that beautiful state. 

We spent the past few days driving down through the rest of the coast and we were given some beautiful weather. Our last day in Cannon Beach we drove around to all the “must see” points. We checked out Ecola St. Park, which gave us a glimpse of wildlife, when entering the park we saw a heard of elk grazing upon grass on a front yard of a home. The cost to enter the park is only $5 for a parking fee… Plenty of hiking trails and picture opportunities 

We drove around the town of Cannon Beach afterwords and drove around the cute beach homes. I love the look of these homes, a few even had bunnies in their front yards with little gardens for them, there were bunnies EVERYWHERE! Then we walked along the beach to Hay Stack Rock… Any beach here has parking with access to the rock, you can’t miss it..its huge. 

Then off to Hug Point at low tide we went, so I could catch the waterfall that flowed into the ocean. You can only get to this at low tide, you go off to the right of the beach and around the first point and you will see it trickling next to a cave. 

The following day we headed to Beverly Beach St Park, which is just outside the city of Newport. On the way we HAD to stop at the Tillamook Cheese Factory , it was awesome because the tour of the building was self guided, so you can go at your own pace, and then of course grab some cheese samples when you are finished. We grabbed some fresh chocolate milk, fudge, and ice cream to go. I’m not kidding when I say that they had the freshest most amazing ice cream I’ve ever had! Even the chocolate milk was amazing, we wish they shipped it to Tahoe. And then just as we were enjoying ourselves Baby M had ANOTHER explosive diaper, her timing is impeccable. 

We had to stop for hike to.. You guessed it… another waterfall! This is Munson Falls, to get to it you have to drive down a super bumpy one way rode, but it was worth it. We then ate late lunch in Newport at Local Ocean which was right on harbor. Amazing Seafood!

This is Munson Falls

We headed down to Coos Bay  with a stop for a quick hike around the cliffs and then and stayed the night in Sunset Beach St. Park. A cute little campground with easy beach access and tide pools! 

Last night we stayed at Jedidiah Smith Redwood and got a couple hikes in before sunset. We did this stupid loop that was suggested to us called Wellman Loop, it went nowhere! It was mainly all uphill and was not maintained with no Redwoods. So we went to Stout Grove instead which was only a 0.5 mile loop. We saw some massive beautiful trees, they truly are amazing. We ended our last night with a great dinner of leftover turkey with penne noodles and Alfredo sauce haha and this great view 

Btw… Baby M has been so great. She has been sleeping through the night and is so content being outside with us. While we hike she loves looking around at everything and doesn’t make a peep.. Bringing infants on adventures isn’t hard at all. 

Driving currently to San Fransico and then off to Napa


Oregon Coast Pt.3

Finally some sunshine!!!! Since we have began our trip we have had on and off rain. We took advantage of the “good” weather which was cloudy and that’s the day we went hiking. We seriously thought it was going to be typical beach weather the entire trip, we packed sandals and tank tops and beach supplies. But we were mistaken, and we have been making the best of it. 

We started our sun shiny day in Portland. We walked around the shops and grabbed some lunch. Went to the world famous Powell’s Book Store, where Baby M had an embarrassing exploding diaper. But, WOW! Powell’s really was amazing, so many books on every subject you could think of. Even I was a bit overwhelmed, they have an amazing coffee bar too. We didn’t spend too much time in downtown,walking around with the baby wasn’t the smartest. 


  • Bunk sandwich deli: it’s a hole in the wall but has great food. Try the chicken salad sandwich.
  • Voodoo Donuts: if you love donuts you’ve heard of Voodoo! The biggest selection of crazy flavored/designed donuts. Gotta try the Portland Cream, it is a maple cream filled donut with a mustache face on it. 
  • Townshend’s Tea House: The best chai tea I’ve ever had in my life. They have over 80 specially blended teas to choose from and every flavor. I actually left with 8 0z of different looseleaf teas to brew at home. Try the Ginger Green Chai.

We took a break from the van that night and had a restful nights sleep and a nice hot shower at the Oxford Suites. A really nice clean hotel that has free (good) breakfast and a complimentary cocktail at happy hour. Then had dinner across the river in Washington at Beaches with old friends. 

Yesterday we started our coast trip with driving up to Astoria, a beautiful little town. We tried to see the Goonies House but the owner has stopped showing it to the public. If you didn’t know…the entire Goonies Movie was filmed in Oregon. We tried to see the Astoria Colum but it was so rainy and foggy it was hard to see anything. 

We then headed to Seaside and stopped for some lunch, and of course it had to be seafood. The town was cute and definitely a summer tourist spot because most of the businesses were closed. The town had starfish lights on all the posts and light banners between the posts at stoplights. We walked down to the beach to hunt for sand dollars, but ended finding hundreds of huge dead torn apart crabs, attacked by birds I’m sure.

I wish I had more pictures, but both our phones died and my camera battery died so all you have are my words to give you an idea of what it was like 😦 

We are now off to Cannon Beach and would love tips on where to hit next.


Oregon Dreaming

The past couple weeks in Tahoe have been very gloomy, with on and off rain & snow and some bits of sunshine in between. I can’t complain about the precipitation we are getting, but I am not happy with being stuck indoors with a 4 month old. We can’t go outside because its too cold and wet, and then we have so many visitors these days we can’t seem to find time to actually leave anywhere! Thankfully we are going on our first road trip as a family next week so we can get spend alone time together. So to pass the time indoors I have been googling endless amounts of info about Oregon.

We will be going on a 2 week camping adventure throughout Oregon. We rented a Ford Econo-line conversion camper-van that is equipped with a queen size bed and a kitchenette through Escape Campervans. This is the perfect camping van, especially for families because it comes with almost everything you need, such as camping chairs, kitchen utensils, sheets and pillows. We even added on a Thule box so we can put our stroller and other big items in. What I love about this company, is that each van is painted differently by an artist, and you get to choose whichever one fits your style.

We have booked campgrounds around the state and will be taking many stops along the way. Of course we have a night in Downtown Portland, a couple nights in Bend, and will going down the coastline. I know with Baby M it is going to be a bit challenging, with trying to work around her schedule. Our first day will be hardest for her with the 9 hour car ride to Bend from San Fransisco, we mapped it out with stopping every couple hours at points of interest. She is teething right now so it might makes things a bit harder but we are as prepared as we can be. Now I just need to start packing (lightly) which is hard to do as a girl who also has a baby girl.

I would love to hear any input or ideas for our trip! 

Also, we did manage to get out last night for an early dinner for a birthday and I was able to catch the sun on our way home.