Lower Long Valley


Rating: C

Summers can be quite warm in Lake County, so it's sun-sational that there are two more sans-suit swimming sites to savor that are located just past the last two entries. And if you get lucky, you may have them all to yourself or encounter just a few visitors. Please let us know what happens!


How to find it:

Check for the beach around two miles west of Cache Creek Bridge, near mile marker 34.94 on Highway 20, just east of New Long Valley Road. Park and walk upstream to a tiny clothing-optional swimming hole that is hidden from the road.

The beach:

A sandbar along the creek, just downstream from the point where the highway and stream run side by side.

The crowd:

Hardly anyone knows about this site, so it only gets a few visitors, even on weekends.


Directions could be improved; unknown legal status; occasional patrols by cops.

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