Jumping off things (as silly as it sounds) provides a unique sense of thrill.
It’s simple enough – just you and your body, being flung off natural (or man-made) formations and into the void, defying gravity. No hardware required — all you really need is a knowledge of what you’re jumping into.
With the last vestiges of summer clinging to our collective consciousness, now more than ever seems like a good time for a little adrenaline rush. You’ve got time for one more summer trip, so why not check out one of these spots for the end-of-summer thrill you’ve been looking for?
Note: Cliff jumping can be extremely dangerous if the proper precautions are not taken. Please participate only in a responsible manner.
Don’t expect this to be your idyllic, secluded cliff-jumping spot. Many times, you’ll see young college students, families and copious amounts of cheap beer being guzzled here … but you can’t beat the jump. The area offers some smaller cliffs, as well as a massive 60-foot drop.
Going in the off-season will minimize your chances of running into crowds, and provide a bit of relief from all of the “Spring Breakers.”
Locals love it and you will too. Queen’s Bath in Kauai is a popular destination for locals and tourists due to its natural beauty and accessibility, being only a short hike down from the parking area.
However, Queen’s Bath is known for its semi-dangerous tides. Winter is considered the more dangerous time at the swimming area, when wave activity is more violent than other seasons; those with minimal experience cliff jumping should think about hitting some more beginner/intermediate spots beforehand to get a feel for the activity.
Whether you decide to take the leap or not, it’s still a gorgeous place to spend the day.
Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States and is one of the most pristine in the world. Visitors during any season are met with the breathtaking beauty of a lake fed purely by rain and snow.
The lake was formed by a violent volcanic eruption more than 7,000 years ago, the water here is exceptionally clear, making it one of the premier cliff-jumping spots in the country.
Known as the point of origin for cliff jumping in general, Kahekili’s Leap is seeped in history. According to Hawaiian legend, warriors would test their bravery at the spot, jumping off of the 80-foot cliff face into the shallow water below.
This is not a beginner cliff: The rocks at the base extend 15 feet outwards, and the water is only 10 to 20 feet deep, with a very rocky ocean floor. Only experienced cliff jumpers should attempt this leap.
Although Tar Creek is closed at the moment due to vandalism, the spot just outside of Los Angeles is one of the more popular cliff jumping destinations in the U.S.
A secluded waterfall at the end of an 8.2-mile out-and-back trail located in the Los Padres National Forest, Tar Creek is a seasonal area best used from October to May.
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