A Community Edited Guide to Swimming Behind the Redwood Curtain.

Hell Gate

Overall Rating: 
Upon Arrival: 

There is a marked sign that reads Hell Gate on the road, look for it carefully. Veer right as you come into the campground to find the day use area and the box to pay your fees for either day use or camping. The fees aren't much.

The Hike: 

The hike from the parking area to the river access is very short. Its and easy walk.

The Beach: 

There are a series of small sandy beaches, some boulders and some gravel areas that can be used for seating.


The best swimming hole is located right in front of the day use area. there are however, a lot more small holes located up stream, many of those are hard to access. The main swimming hole is large with rocks for jumping a little current.


The campground sprawls upstream, the best camping is found near the day use area, however there are A LOT more spots to camp and river spots to explore upstream. There are bathrooms, no showers to my knowledge. Some campsites have picnic tables and fire rings, some do not.

Get driving directions