(Aron Bosworth, via Outdoor Project)
Upper Falls, McCloud River
Known best as an overlook/picnic area along the McCloud River Three Falls Hike, Upper Falls offers a quieter, more sheltered swimming hole compared to it’s waterfall counterparts downstream at Middle and Lower Falls (see below).
While the waterfall itself isn’t all that impressive in terms of height, the falls and pool below sit within a deep basalt rimmed bowl. Given it’s depth, the swimming hole is in the shade for part of the day, and with the chilly spring-fed water of the McCloud River, Upper Falls is best enjoyed during the peak summer heat.