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    God’s Bath Clavey River Trail

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    God’s Bath Clavey River Trail

    Hidden local gem turned popular tourist destination—the God’s Bath Clavey River Trail is an incredible adventure in the Stanislaus National Forest. Though there is no explicit trail to the swimming hole and waterfall, there is a local worn path leading to God’s Bath. This epic expedition is a must add to your hiking itinerary—but we beg you to please respect the area and wilderness.

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    Route Description for God’s Bath Clavey River Trail

    The God’s Bath Clavey River Trail is full of wow-factor. This extraordinary hike along the banks of the Clavey River delivers intrepid explorers to a hidden paradise. Previously a local hidden gem, this path has been discovered by tourists. Though we are happy to share with you this oasis—we are hesitant. Due to the recent uptick in visitors, the trail and swimming hole have become disgraced with trash. When visiting, pack in and pack out to safeguard the environment, please! Besides the litter, the route to the pools is unmarked and technical—requiring hikers to scramble up rocky scree and use ropes to navigate the steep cliffs and slippery rocks. Additionally, there is a strong undercurrent—so swim at your own risk! There is no cell reception here, so download the trail GPS before your trek!

    The crowds that venture the God’s Bath Clavey River Trail are a testament to its beauty. The primitiveness of the trail, though unfavoured by some, boasts an exciting experience. Explore the Clavey River, bounded by granite boulders and steep cliffs—the hike to God’s Bath boasts awesome scenery. Though the trail is scenic, God’s bath is undoubtedly the piece de resistance. Marvel in the sights of the towering cliffs that encompass the smooth granite boulders that bound the swimming holes and waterfalls. We could spend the whole day swimming, sunning, and exploring the granite oasis. Though you can visit year-round—summertime treks are the best so you can enjoy the fresh alpine waters.

    Setting out from the carpark, the God’s Bath Clavey River Hike tracks north along the eastern banks of the Clavey River– one of the last free-flowing rivers in the Sierra. The initial segment of the trek sees mild elevation change, though it will put your rock-climbing skills to the test. Take your time maneuvering the rocky terrain, using the ropes to your advantage as you navigate the steep, narrow ledges of the route. Soon the path will intensely climb through the valley, ultimately delivering you to God’s Bath. Before jumping in, revel in the beauty and grandeur of the smooth granite cliffs that tower above, the surging waterfall, and the unique caves.

    This place is truly one of unique beauty, carved out by millions of years of erosion; the are underwater caves and sculptures to enjoy. If the cascades are not surging and the water is calm, hop into the pool! Note swimming here is at your own risk, and some recommend jumping with a rope attached to the cliff just in case. Intrepid explorers can jump into the small circle pool and swim beneath the underwater arch into the river! Many go cliff jumping, and there is even a rope to swing on and enjoy! The possibilities are endless—and we encourage you to spend the whole day here enjoying the waters. When you are through swimming and sunning, retrace your steps along the route back to the parking lot.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    How long is the hike to God’s Bath?

    The God’s Bath Clavey River Trail is a 1.4 km out-and-back hike.

    Where is God’s Bath?

    God’s Bath is located in Senora, CA.

    How do I get to God’s Bath?

    Access the God’s Bath Clavey River Trail by Forest Route 1N04/Cottonwood Road in Senora, CA.

    Insider Hints for God’s Bath Clavey River Trail

    • There is no cell phone service here, so download the trail GPS in advance
    • The terrain of steep cliffs and granite rocks are slippery when wet
    • Wear a sturdy, grippy pair of footwear
    • Head out early and spend the day swimming and sunning
    • Pack out your trash!

    Getting to the God’s Bath Clavey River Trail Trailhead

    Access the God’s Bath Clavey River Trail from the parking lot off Forest Route 1N04/Cottonwood Road.

    Route Information

    • Backcountry Campground


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    • Pets allowed


    • Family friendly

      Older Children only

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    • Route Type

      Out and back

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