The actual pools are formed by a natural process known as cavitation, a phenomenon in which the pressure of fast flowing water causes rocks washing across the sandstone to "bounce". This in turn digs out pockets in the sandstone that can hold water for weeks after a rain. The stream that causes these pockets is seasonal, so when it dries up the pools are left behind in an area that otherwise has no water. Of course, the water quickly stagnates and becomes rather disgusting when the flow stops.
FINDING THE TRAILHEAD
1.7 miles roundtrip
1.5 hrs roundtrip
Any. Hike early in the day to avoid summer heat.
Yes. Must be leashed.
Please pick up after your pet and pack it out.