Tar Creek Falls

Fillmore, California

United States of America


Fillmore, California





With three deep pools to choose from, this is the best cliff jumping spot in Southern California. You will also find two waterfalls and a natural waterslide. The water at Tar Creek in a remote area of the Sespe Condor Sanctuary near Fillmore is cool, clean, and refreshing.


From the intersection of Routes 126 and 23 in Fillmore, drive 1 mile north on A Street. Make a right on Goodenough Rd. and drive 2.7 miles to Squaw Flat Rd. Turn right and drive 4.8 miles up the partially paved mountain road to a large dirt pullout on the left. Park and display a national forest adventure pass, and then begin down the unmarked trail leaving from the left side of the pullout. When you come to a deep rut just above the creek, cross the trench and pick up the trail on the other side for a gradual descent to Tar Creek. Turn downstream and make your way 0.4-mile to the pools. Cross the boulders to the right to reach the bottom pool. Sturdy footwear is a must. Adventure passes may be purchased from the gas station on Route 126 in Fillmore. Dog-friendly!


The Sespe Condor Sanctuary is a 53,000-acre (210 km2) wildlife refuge in the Topatopa Mountains, in northeastern Ventura County, California. It is within the Sespe Wilderness in the southern Los Padres National Forest.

Provided By: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sespe_Condor_Sanctuary

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