The town of Paradise, California, which is just outside of Chico, is not necessarily known as NorCal’s “paradise,” but it does have one of the best swimming holes around.The Flumes/Cable Pools in Paradise are a cool adventure into NorCal’s history and an unbelievable swimming hole to boot.
The Flumes are skinny waterways used throughout history to transport lumber. You can walk along the elevated walkways above the Flumes that serve as a great trail to get to the water below. The Cable Pools are a series of small pools along the Feather River and a popular place to cool off for college students. Take a look to see what the Flumes are like:
Now once you get off the Flumes and onto the trailhead to the Cable Pools, that’s where you will find the amazing swimming pools with the clear waters of the Feather River. There are many different small pools throughout the area so you can search around and find the best one for you.
There is also some cliff jumping opportunities from easy to expert. Here is an idea of some expert jumps:
Also, if you travel up to the furthest part of the trail you will find a small dam that makes for a great swimming spot:
There is so much fun to be had at this area near Paradise. Getting there is a little complicated, but can be easy if you Google it. Here is where they are located:
Want to get a better idea of the area? Here are a few of our favorite photos/videos of the Flumes/Cable Pools from Instagram:
Nothing better than being able to watch them get so excited about throwing rocks and sticks in the water and being able to hold a salamander in their hand they found in the lake rather than a tablet. Rylan is still learning how to use the water bladder cause he loves to suck the water out of the hose but spits it out and he quickly learned he will need that water later with 2 more hours of walking lol • • • • • • • • • #hikingfamily #myboys #family #canon #outdoors #getoutside #adventure #trails #flumes #paradisecalifornia #optoutside #camelback #hikingadventures #california #norcal #ig_nature
Have fun on your adventure!
Northern California’s Outdoor Digital Newsmagazine