Cleo's Bath Trail

MODERATE 40 reviews

Cleo's Bath Trail is a 6.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Pinecrest, CA that features a waterfall. The trail is rated as moderate offers a number of activity options.

6.5 miles 1265 feet Out & Back

kid friendly

canoeing

fishing

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

no dogs

Trail marker is off the north side of Pinecrest lake. Pleasant trail through forest and rocky switchbacks at high elevation. Opens up into river, wading pool and waterfall area. Great views of Pinecrest Lake.

hiking
24 days ago

Awesome hike and super worth the effort. Chleo's Bath is beautiful. The only thing I'll say is be prepared for a tough climb on the last bit to the bath. Tricky climbing.

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

It's best to take this hike in the spring when the water is flowing! I just completed it the other day and there's no running water currently. Still gorgeous views and well worth it!

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Incredible views!! Last 1/4 mile of the trail is more like rock climbing then hiking but it was really cool scaling the side of the mountain. The water is pretty low this time of year but still deep enough to jump in! Make sure to pack some water and snacks

we came to Pinecrest two years ago and tried to complete Chloe's bath but one of our dogs want to make it up the incline for the rocks we came back this year and completed it it was awesome worth the hike wasn't expecting so many people up there but for a beginner hiker like me just make sure you take your time and bring lots of water and you'll enjoy your time

4 months ago

I'm a beginner hiker and was able to complete this hike with no problems. The last 0.5 mile hike up the basically vertical cliff side appears more intimidating than it is. It is do-able. Just make sure you're wearing good shoes and go slow! Gorgeous views from start to finish!

hiking
4 months ago

This is a great trail but the last 1/2 mile or so is straight up, pulling yourself up boulders. Not for anyone who might not be able to get back down. The reward in the pools at the top, when they have water, is great.

If you are planning to go definitely bring enough water, in the summer, and if you feel like bringing blue spray paint to spruce up the blue arrows marking the trail, other hikers would thank you. Some are very faded and hard to find.

hiking
4 months ago

Very tedious hike, not recommended for beginners. You begin on the side of the lake the trail takes you to the corner of the lake and starts leading you into the mountain. The first half was very pleasant. Although after you reach the end it eases you into climbing over rocks and boulders. It was very doable not too insane. This goes on about 2.5 miles of on and off rock climbing and a steady trail. The last end of the trail shoots you straight up the mountain and you're literally maneuvering through large rocks. After you get through that you finally reach the destination of Cleo's pools it was an amazing view over looking the lake and trees that you fought through to get there. I was very unprepared for this trip, expected 6.5 miles round trip ended up reaching 9.2 miles, that's staying on the trail and not wandering off into the abyss. But it was definitely well worth it. Would absolutely return, just next time I would be more prepared.

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike, just completed it last Saturday. It was close to 90F mid-day. I would not call the final 1/2 mile to Cleo's Bath Moderate. It was quite tough climbing up crevices and through trees and boulders. Took 2 1/2 hours to loop the lake and go up and back to the Bath - but I was power walking.

4 months ago

It was ok. The end was insane, and I didn't think they were nearly as pretty as the lake itself... Bring bug spray, and lots of water! I drank 6 water bottles. Way longer than expected! It might have been 3 miles from the trail head, but the hike yo the trail head was at least 3 miles too. So realistically I would plan on 12-15 miles round trip.

hiking
4 months ago

One of our favorite hikes! Absolutely beautiful, challenging, and rewarding! Can't wait to go back!

5 months ago

Loved it! It was a difficult climb toward the end to reach the top, but worth it.

hiking
5 months ago

Great fun hike! I'd say the hike difficulty is around 7.5. The last .5 miles is definitely strenuous. You'll need to climb over massive granite slabs and boulders to get to the top. We did a full loop around Pinecrest lake so our trip was a bit longer than the typical 6.5 miles out and back hike.
If you plan to go there this season, better do it soon while water is still streaming from the falls and you can swim anywhere you like (except near the dam) I heard it can get pretty dry mid-summer. We hiked last Saturday so the trail was heavily trafficked out especially around Pinecrest Lake and parking can be a pain if you're coming late in the morning. You really need to start your hike early.

5 months ago

hiked this trail a few days ago it was a challenge and was totally worth the hike! a must see for sure!

5 months ago

I enjoyed the falls up river more than Cleo's Bath. However, traversing the granite slabs is not easy. Please be careful.

backpacking
5 months ago

it was challenging because I went backpack camping. I love nature and would go again

5 months ago

It was beautiful there tho .

5 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

Incredible. The water is frigid snow melt, the water coming off higher elevations has turned the trickles into fishing whitewater. Even on a holiday weekend the crowds thinned significantly after getting onto the baths trail and off the loop.