Cliff Jumping in California

Cliff Jumping in the United States of America


Cliff Jumping in California


Cliff Jumping Locations:
Cliff Jumping is a popular sport. Cliff Jumping Adventures posts locations from various sources that are or have at one time been popular. There are likely many different places to cliff jump within a certain area. Cliff Jumping Adventures does not verify the legal status of the locations posted throughout the website because the laws for each area can change quickly. It is the responsibility of the cliff jumper to verify the legal status of the cliff jumping area.



Cliff Jumping Safety:
Cliff Jumping Adventures should be used as a general guide to find suitable locations for cliff jumping. We are not responsible for anything relating to your cliff jumping experience. This includes injuries and/or legal issues. We simply provide a general guide to cliff jumping locations. The areas listed throughout the website currently or have at one time contained a location which matched the requirements for cliff jumping. Requirements include being deep enough, a platform from which to cliff jump, etc.

WARNING: Cliff jumping can be dangerous. The locations listed for cliff jumping may not be eligible year round as water levels can recede and areas can change over time. It is extremely important that every cliff jumper always prepares and surveys the area before attempting a cliff jump. Never jump without knowing how deep it is, how deep you need it to be based upon your weight/the cliff height and whether or not there is debris under the water. Please follow cliff jumping safety rules.

Be aware that many cliff jumpers have either died or altered their lives due to injuries. This includes injuries from low heights. It is never recommended that anyone attempt jumping from heights of 40 feet or more.


The locations listed below are popular locations for cliff jumping in California.


Abolone Cove
City/County, State:
Palos Verdes Estates, California
Angora Lakes South Lake Tahoe, California
Cedar Creek Falls Ramona, California
Dead Man’s Drop Eureka, California
Gibralter Dam Santa Barbara, California
God’s Bath Sonora, California
Hermit Falls Arcadia, California
Malibu Creek Malibu, California
Man’s Jump Thousand Oaks, California
McCloud Falls Shasta National Forest
Mugu Rock Point Mugu
Paradise Falls Thousand Oaks, California
Rainbow Pools Pine Mountain, California
Red Rock Solvang, California
Rindge Dam Malibu, California
Santa Paula Canyon (Punchbowls) Santa Paula, California
Sunset Cliffs San Diego, California
Tahoe National Forest Foresthill, California
Tar Creek Falls Goleta, California
The Port Hueneme Bridge Port Hueneme, California


Abolone Cove is located in Palos Verdes Estates, California. Palos Verdes Estates is located near Long Beach, California. This location offers beautiful ocean views with surrounding tide pools.

Angora Lakes are located in the Sierra Nevada and Lake Tahoe Watershed. During the summer, many visitors participate in water sports here. The cliff face at the upper lake is used as a jumping platform and is around 60 feet in height.

Cedar Creek Falls is located near Julian, California in San Diego County. It’s said to be the best waterfall in the area. It’s roughly 80 feet in height and is surrounded by rock walls.

Gibraltar Dam area is located in Santa Barbara County.

God’s Bath is located near Sonora and is an amazing swimming hole. The cliffs are about 20 feet high but that will all depend upon the water level. There is an area to sit behind the waterfall and swim through it. There is a pit about 4 feet wide that you can jump into then swim underwater beneath a rock bridge and appear in the main swimming hole.

Hermit Falls is located near Arcadia, California. The trail starts off as the same one to Sturtevant Falls but then splits off to the right. Sturtevant Falls isn’t the best for cliff jumping. Once at the falls, there are two main cliffs to jump from. One of them ranges between 10-15 feet and the other is around 50 feet.

La Jolla Clam is located in San Diego. It is north of Pacific Beach. For over one hundred years visitors have been cliff jumping here but sadly jumping is no longer allowed.

Malibu Creek State Park is located in the middle of the Santa Monica Mountains. Malibu Creek makes a quick turn through 400 foot volcanic rock cliffs and falls into a Rock Pool. This area is popular with moviemakers and has been the home to the set of “Swiss Family Robinson” and some Tarzan movies. The MASH television series set is also nearby.

Man’s Jump is located in Thousand Oaks, California. This is a little swimming hole.

McCloud Falls is located in Shasta National Forest. There are three falls: lower, middle, and upper falls. This area is great for swimming and cliff jumping.

Mugu Rock is located near Port Hueneme and Oxnard, California in Ventura County. It is a distinctive feature to the Pacific coastline. Mugu Rock is the end of the Santa Monica Mountains and the boundary to the old Rancho Guadalasca. It is a dangerous place for cliff jumping due to the sheer sides of the rocks.

Paradise Falls is located in the canyons of Wildwood Park near Thousand Oaks, California. The waterfall is roughly 40 feet in height.

Rainbow Pools is located about 15 miles east of Groveland, California along the south fork of the Tuolumne River. The pools are natural swimming holes which attract many swimmers and cliff jumpers each year.

Red Rock is located near Solvang, California. This place has been said to be one of the best cliff jumping spots in the United States. Along with being a great location, it is also a very dangerous one as well.

Rindge Dam is located northeast of Malibu Canyon Road in Malibu Creek State Park. The dam is 100 feet in height. There is a deep pool located at the base of the dam which attracts cliff jumpers.

Santa Paula Canyon Falls (The Punchbowls) is multi-level waterfall complex which is a great location for cliff jumping. The cliffs range in height from 10 feet to more than 80 feet high.

Sunset Cliffs are located in San Diego, California. Sunset Cliffs offer spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean, vistas, rock formations, caves and beautiful sunsets (hints the name).

Tahoe National Forest is located in Northern California. The forest is 871,495 acres and spans across Sierra, Placer, Nevada, Yuba, Plumas and El Dorado counties. One area for cliff jumping is located near Foresthill, California by Sailor Flat Trail and Beacroft Trail. Both trails are rated very difficult.

Tar Creek Falls is located in the Las Padres National Forest.



Cliff Jumping Adventures does not verify the legal status of locations posted for cliff jumping. We ask that cliff jumpers independently research each location for legality before going. Areas can change over time and local authorities find it necessary to shut down locations due to dangerous conditions. Reasons for closing cliff jumping locations include high accident rates, dangerous underwater rocks, inadequate water depth, water depth that fluctuates, property ownership status, etc.

Research the legal status of every location for cliff jumping before attempting any cliff jump. Never trespass on private property and don't risk jumping at a location that you know to be illegal. You may be ticketed, face legal consequences and put yourself in danger.

We are not responsible for injuries, legal issues or anything else related to your cliff jumping experience.

Cliff Jumping Adventures was created so that others can enjoy the sport of cliff jumping with a fun and safe experience. Follow all safety precautions, verify legal status of the cliff jumping location and enjoy your cliff jumping adventure!


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Equipment for Cliff Jumping




Cliff Jumping Adventures tries to keep the information regarding cliff jumping as current as possible. The information found on Cliff Jumping Adventures is not guaranteed to be accurate as cliff jumping locations change due to water level, legal status, etc. Please use this website only as a guide to your cliff jumping adventure and verify legality plus all additional information independently.