Devil’s Bathtub 3.2-mile roundtrip hike prompts a lovely regular feature, which makes for an incredible swimming gap on the hotter days.
The Devil’s Bathtub is a profound pool of blue-green water known for being an incredible swimming hole and a pretty natural feature. This hike is a 3.2 mile out and back hike with 250 feet rise gain. There are at least 15 stream crossings, so extreme alert should be taken during periods of medium-to-high flow as the stream crossings may be elusive and submerged.
This hike has gotten very rush recently so be prepared for large crowds on Devil’s Bathtub. Please be respectful of the no trespassing signs on the road to the trailhead — people who park by these signs may be towed. The road to the trailhead is also very sloppy and rutted, so it may be difficult for some vehicles with low clearance to get to the trailhead.
The path starts on an old rail bed and quickly descends down to the first stream crossing. After this stream crossing, be sure to stay to the left to remain on the path to Devil’s Bathtub but not the Devil’s Fork Loop Trail which breaks off to the right. The trail will skirt the stream and cross it another 14-15 times until you reach a decent blue-green pool with a small waterfall that is a great swimming hole. Many people think this is the Devil’s Bathtub, but to reach the right Bathtub, continue on the trail another 200 feet or so. It is a 10 ft long by 3 feet wide deep blue-green pool with a small waterfall nourishing it.
Once done exploring the bathtub, simply retrace your steps the 1.6 miles back to your vehicle.
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