My California - Tar Creek

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For this weeks Show Us Your California contest by @socalsteemit I'm going take you on a cliff jumping adventure to...

Tar Creek!!

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In the southern part of the Los Padres National Forest is a small yet beautiful creek filled with stunning waterfalls and deep pools... Tar creek! I have been visiting Tar creek for years now. When the weather warms up it's time for a trip to Tar! Technically Tar creek is off limits due to it being inside the Sespe Condor Sanctuary. But they have only started trying to enforce those rules the last few years. So now days I don't visit Tar as often as I used to, but every so often I still meet up with a few friends for a secret under cover mission to cliff jump at some of the most beautiful pools in SoCal!

Tar Creek

The trail stats at a high point on the dirt road to Dough Flat. From there it climbs around a few hills and then drops down into the canyon. The hike down is around 3 miles and there are great views the entire way. Once you get to the creek you head downstream and shortly you will run into the top of the Cascades. A set of small water slides and swimming holes all in a row! This is where most people stop.

Views from the trail

Views from the trail

Rock formations along the trail

Arriving at the top of the Cascades

The upper pool at the Cascades

The Cascades

Cliff jumping at the Cascades

Below the Cascades the hike gets more challenging. Requiring navigating cliffs, boudlers, and lots of creek crossings. After scrambling for about a half mile you will pass a few nice pools and then you'll end up at the top of 70 foot falls! A really picturesque 70 foot waterfall with a super deep pool at the bottom. Jumping off this waterfall is the ultimate cliff jump at Tar creek. Only the craziest cliff jumpers even think about attempting it. I've jumped it and it is one heck of a rush! For those not interested in the big jump there is a lower ledge around the pool and the lower half of the falls is a super awesome water slide!

70 foot falls from the top

70 foot falls from the bottom

70 foot falls from across the canyon

Video of me and my cousin jumping off of 70 foot falls

Having fun on the water slide

Below 70 foot falls the hike gets even rougher and requires navigating several obstacles with increasing difficulty. On your way down you pass several small waterfalls and pools. Then after about a mile you end at a giant pool that sits just above the top of a 200 foot tall waterfall! This is the largest and deepest pool at Tar creek and there are lots of great cliffs to jump from into the deep water. All the amazing waterfalls and pools combined with the incredible views over the Sespe river canyon make this area feel almost unreal. It takes some work to get there, but it is SO worth it! The bottom pool at Tar creek definitely holds a special place in my heart.

Cliff jumping at the bottom pool

Looking off the top of the 200 foot falls

Views from the top of the 200 foot falls

The bottom pool

Cliff jumping at the bottom pool

Cliff jumping at the bottom pool

I have so many great memories from Tar creek. Lots and lots of fun times with good friends. If you are ever lucky enough to get to visit Tar creek be warned of the illegality, be careful and don't hurt yourself, pack out all your trash and any other trash you may see, and of course... enjoy the beauty of nature and have lots of fun!!

Tar creek

Tar creek

Camping with the kids at Tar creek

I hope you have enjoyed this weeks glimpse into

My California!

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all photos by @derekrichardson

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Reminds me of some parts of kakadu national park in Australia which has similar gorges and red rocks.

There you most definitely avoid swimming in the watering holes due to crocodiles !

Your photo essay was really well put together. Great work on taking us there and showing SoCal at its finest and most wild.

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Thanks @ozkdawg! Luckily there's no crocodiles here. Just some frogs and snakes.

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Thats such a nice creek and it looks like sooo much fun there, especially for us older children ^^ .. it is a pitty that I missed it when I visited California ;)

Yep it is! It's like an all natural water park!

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What a beautiful place, @derekrichardson! The colours of the water against the rock makes it look absolutely breath-taking <3 And gosh, all your cliff jumping photos and video! A M A Z I N G !!!!!!!

Thanks @veryspider! It is a beautiful place. A real gem here in SoCal.

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Thanks @harmonyval!

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I've jumped from 80ft at another spot, but this one was way scarier because you gotta clear that lower ledge. Craziest jump I've ever done for sure.

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Awesome!! Thank you! I'm loving all the hiking/backpacking posts in this edition of the daily travel digest. That's my kinda stuff!

That looks like a very lively place! Thank you for sharing this with me. It looks like you really had a great adventure. I hope I go there one day. Anyway Have a great day!

Sharing my adventures is truly my pleasure! If you are ever in the area and would like to go to Tar creek or any of the other destinations I post about, I would gladly be your guide free of charge.

Wow, what an incredible place! Great photography. The airborne pictures are particularly amazing. I grew up out in that area, and it's amazing how there are different climates and ecosystems. You can go from forest to mountains to ocean to desert, all in the same state.

Thanks @jayna! California is an amazingly diverse place. Most people just think it's all beaches and Hollywood. lol. We do have a long coastline with lots of beautiful beaches, our deserts and our mountains are lesser known but are also really spectacular!!

Wow what a fantastic place @derekrichardson!
All these huge boulders and wonderful swimming holes!
Gorgeous photography, I've never seen this area till now!

Thanks @shasta! Glad I could show it to you. Tar creek is a real gem. Especially for canyoneers and cliff jumpers like myself!

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Congratulations @derekrichardson, your post won 2nd prize in this weeks Show us Your California contest!!

Awesome @derekrichardson

This looks like paradise, straight up! What an amazing place but then again, you are surrounded by them going off of your blog. I think I might have to get my ass over there one day and experience these hidden treasures.

Great job describing it. I feel like I am there.


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