World’s greatest swimming hole

greatest swim hole June 2006: swim hole and Lupine:

As we continue our lifetime search for the world’s greatest swimming hole, one of our favorites is near Tuolumne Meadows, Yosemite. Above are pictures in very early summer with too much water flow for safe swimming and in late summer with lupine blooming.

In July it takes gumption to get in and swim, but any time of the year the water is cold.

swim hole fall July:

Below, views of the falls in July and June closeup from upstream:

swim hole falls upstream: June 2006 swim hole spray:

Two pictures from an August 2002 trip:

Tuol group waterfall: intrepid Tuolumne campers swimming at possibly the best swimming hole (maybe too much current in June, but a small waterfall even in August)

Check out the size (16 inches?) of the trout nibbling at his Teva!

underwater leg and trout: This photo was taken at the Tuolumne swimming hole with an underwater camera.

Photo of group in July 2003 by Wendy Sato:

swim hole by Wendy Sato:

Mouzhan underwater:

These black clouds over Lembert Dome, (with thunder and lightning), explain why the photo of the last people on the 2004 trip was not taken in the water:

Lembert Dome and black clouds: 2004 at swim hole:

Thunderstorm and lightning safety has the answer to the question: Why can’t you swim during a lightning storm? A strike on a lake doesn’t kill all the fish in the lake.

August 2006:

a helping hand getting across slippery rocks: swiiming hole first three people in the water: Alan Ahlstrand rescues water polo ball:

Tuolumne swim group August 2006:

more pictures of swimmers are at:
De Anza College Outdoor Club Tuolumne trip August 2006

A deer on the trail to the swimming hole:

deer on trail to swim hole: