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This Easy California Hike Takes You To Emerald Pools With Natural Waterslides

This smooth waterfall is nature's ultimate slip n' slide!

Spring is just around the corner, and that means many of us are dreaming of vacationing under sunnier skies. If visiting warm shores and clear water is on your to-do list, then you'll have to see this fantastic hideaway. These natural water slides in California will lead you into a hidden emerald pool. Chances are, you could get it all to yourself.

Little Backbone Natural Water Slides is a gorgeous wonder tucked away in the lush forests of Shasta Lake, California. 

This smooth waterfall is nature's ultimate slip n' slide! The pools are so clear; they almost look unreal.

To get there, you'll need to take an easy hike through Shasta Lake. It only takes about 20 minutes walking on foot to reach your dream destination.

First, you'll head to the inlet. Keep going until you reach the creek and anchor.

You'll hike up the creek inside of a gorgeous canyon, passing countless crystal clear ponds and large boulders along the way.

Make sure to wear shoes with excellent traction and watch your footing, as the rocks can be slippery to cross. It's recommended to leave your pets at home for this adventure.

Since the water is cold, warm summer days are the best times to visit.

If you want to have the place to yourself, grab your BFFs or S/O and head out early.

When you get there, the sights are stunning and your reward is a whole lot of fun! Who's going down the slide first?

This is the perfect spot to soak up the sun, work on your dream tan, and play in the water.

When you're done swimming, there are plenty of beautiful hikes in the area you can explore. Why not grab a giant inflatable and float around near the shores of Shasta Lake?

Everywhere you turn, natural beauty surrounds you. There are so many adventures to have!

While you're visiting, you may also want to check out this fun wine-tasting boat in Lake Tahoe. After all, weekends call for a good wine down.

Little Backbone Natural Water Slides

Price: Free to enter

Location: Little Backbone Creek, CA

Why You Should Go: You and your friends can take a natural water slide into a hidden emerald pool.


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