When you’re on your way to Hetch Hetchy, go off on the winding Evergreen Road at the Tuollumne River’s South Fork for a hike that’s generally flat and about two miles to rare waterfall that is year-round. It’s bordered by ponderosa pines that are towering, and there are bright sunflowers that are very small, and there are meadows of purple lupine. This swimming hole is a little bit of a secret, and it’s hardly ever visited by Yosemite pilgrims. There are 35-foot falls that cascade over big granite ledges into a pool that is strewn with boulders, and there are a lot of birds in the canopy above, and the sound of rushing water is also pleasant to hear. This is exactly right for a great swimming hole.
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