Slick Rock – Three Rivers, CA

Three Rivers is a small town outside of the entrance to Sequoia National Park. The first thing you see as you’re traveling east on highway 198 is Slick Rock. I’m told it’s also referred to as “Slicky”. This area has camping, bike trails, rock climbing, and the Kaweah River. The river leads to nearby Lake Kaweah. 

There are 2 parking areas with self-serve pay stations to drop the $4/car day use fee. Bathrooms and showers are also available in the parking areas. From there you trek down the trails to the water. It’s a little bit of a walk but not bad.

 

It doesn’t feel remote because you’re right off of the main road and its well known by those who live in the area, but it was still an incredibly relaxing and gosh dang cool in my opinion. Back in the old days when I was a tot you could just park anywhere along the road in Three Rivers and walk down to the river at different points, so it was easy to find a secluded spot to slide down rocks and swim in a swimming hole. These days nearly all of the land is fenced off as private property so Slick Rock is the main public access area. So, it can get busy on weekends and holidays. Whatever, we were there on a Monday. Lying among the rocks in the flowing river surrounded by the foothills…hell of a day. The water is warm and the current isn’t strong so  you don’t have to worry much about being carried away and drowning from being pinned under a rock. 

The trees along the river provide ample shade to set up a cute picnic along the water.

 

The paths:

These fucking views, man. 

  

  Link:Slick Rock Info and Tips
 

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