Sandy beach
Cliff jumping
Hike-in Required
Sensitive Habitat
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During the heat of California summers, folks escape the cities to take a dip in Deep Creek. In a river dotted with inviting swimming holes, Aztec Falls is one of the most perfect. As such, it gets crowded on almost any summer day, but it makes a great place to bring your friends and meet a few new ones. The moderate 1-mile hike along the Pacific Crest Trail to get here makes the chilly water all the more refreshing. One short but very steep section guards the final descent to the falls, so wear good shoes and be careful.

A short cascade feeds the pool and gives the name Aztec Falls. The bottom is lined with large boulders and bedrock that create variation from wading depths to very deep holes. Gently sloping rocks around the rim are perfect for lounging and sunbathing.

A major attraction here is cliff diving. Numerous ledges from 5 feet to over 40 feet are easy to scramble onto and launch off of. Clear water makes the landing zones fairly simple to spot, but you should always use caution and check depth before jumping.

There is a $5 fee to park at Splinter's Cabin Trailhead unless you display a California Adventure Pass or Interagency Pass on your vehicle.

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Parking Pass

California Adventure Pass


40-foot cliff jump with a deep pool. Sandy beaches.


Extremely heavily used during summer months.


Sensitive Habitat




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CLOSED due to high amount of trash left behind. May open in one year if cleaned, but you will need a four wheel drive to get there. Pack out what you pack in!
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