Saturday, May 5, 2012

"Squeaky's Swimming Hole"

Dear friend of the Evilist SUMMER SWANN has graciously allowed Patty to share these photos that she took at The Family's famous swimming hole near Spahn Ranch in Chatsworth. Summer calls it "Squeaky's Swimming Hole," and says it's not a difficult hike to get there. However, since not a lot of people know exactly where it is, most of the time you can enjoy it privately or with a good friend or three.
Below: Summer poses by a tree that looks a lot like the one in the High Places video (you can see that here: http://www.shft.com/watching/high-places-altos-lugares/)
Channeling the essence of Squeaky in the swimming hole.
Thank you for allowing us to share. You Rock!





34 comments:

orwhut said...

Is this the swimming hole shown in the Hendrickson film? If so, is Summer standing up in it? When watching the '73 movie, I got the impression it was shallow.

Panamint Patty said...

Hey whut. Patty wonders the same thing and suspects that it has something to do with the camera angles being different. Summer?

sunset77 said...

Apparently, there was more than 1 stream used by the family and filmed by Hendrickson.

In "Inside the Manson Gang" Hendrickson says, "This morning we are going to Manson's favorite but secret place, Devils Canyon". They drive there (I guess from Spahn) in Hendrickson's pick up truck. They hike up the creek a ways and then swim in a pool. I recognize Bruce, Clem, Sue Bartell, and Gypsy, there are others there.

This pool appears very similar to the pics sent by "Summer". Creeks change over 40 years, I'd say there is a very good chance this is the same pool but I don't know for sure.

summerswann said...

Yes, it's the same as the one in the Hendrikson film...it IS a drive from Spahn, it would take quite a while to walk, though not impossible by any means.

The swimming hole is in a small slot canyon...this one is at the very bottom...there are one or two other, smaller swimming holes up the canyon.

No, I am not standing up...it is the deepest I've ever seen it right now...thanks to some rain recently. Usually it's not nearly as deep. It's a great spot! I'm going again today, want to take advantage of it before the water level goes down!

summerswann said...

Oh, Patty, that is not the tree from the "high places" video...the high places tree is up near Bruce's car. I'll take a pic of it for you next time I'm up there...which will probably be soon :)

orwhut said...

Thanks to all, for clearing things up concerning the swimming holes.

orwhut said...

Summer,
You're a real asset to have around.
I seem to remember a small waterfall, is it at the stream in the photos?

PURPLE said...

Wow beautiful pics, I really hope you enjoy your new swim Summer, or I could say summer swim Swann? As its technically Summer now. But thats getting towards Limerick. If we all get what we deserve in life/death then this looks like paradise.

summerswann said...

There is a small waterfall at this spot...though there is a larger waterfall up stream a tiny bit...there is footage of the family in that spot...it was probably their go-to spot as it generally stay's full for much longer than the bigger swimming hole I am in. I'm sure the family spent time all throughout that little slot canyon.

PURPLE said...

Now you're at the wheel,
Tell me how, how does it feel?
So good to have equalized,
To lift up the lids of your eyes..

She'll carry on through it all, she's a waterfall.

rfoster1 said...

Some beautiful photographs! Who was/is the photographer? I love the black and white shots!

ST. Circumstance said...

These are really great pics, and the subject does them much justice in my opinion...

:)

orwhut said...

summerswann said... There is a small waterfall at this spot.

Thanks again. Have a nice swim.

eviliz said...

Thank you again for sharing Summer.
The pics are awesome.

sunset77 said...

Just a word of warning for anyone messing around Spahn Ranch, here is a video of an English woman visiting Tuscon Arizona bitten by a rattlesnake:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EpcDZbXslfw

summerswann said...

If anyone is "messing around" ANYWHERE between the months of April and September they just need to A) Stay on the trail, B) Keep their eyes open, alert and on the ground. C) Be extra careful when around rocks and boulders as this is where rattlers gerneraly like to sun themselves and D) not mess with the damn snake, they are not toys. For the most part a rattler will retreat from humans rather than strike, unless they are stepped on or quickly approached, hence the remaining alert etc. I don't want the fear of being bitten by a rattler scaring people off from getting outdoors and into nature because it's pretty unlikely that it will happen.

rfoster1: I took the photos myself...thank goodness for tripods and automatic timers!

Liz-no problem, any photos I have I'm willing to share!

Panamint Patty said...

Statistics show that most snakebites occur whn adult, drunken males are involved. Some kind of macho thing to f**k with the snake, Patty supposes.

A.C. Fisher Aldag said...

Why the need to destroy everything in nature, Sunset 77?

Rattlesnakes have the use of eating vermin.

God gave them rattles, fangs and venom to protect them from humans.

orwhut said...

Panamint Patty said... f**k with the snake

Hey Patty,

I saw a couple of snakes doing that one time. True story.:-)

Panamint Patty said...

Patty hopes you did not F**K with it, Whut. ;)

Stacey L. said...

I'm hoping to visit the swimming hole w/ Summer soon. Don't worry you won't see pics of me swimming, summer doesn't have a wide enough lens.

summerswann said...

Stop it Stacey!

orwhut said...

Panamint Patty said...

Patty hopes you did not F**K with it, Whut. ;)

I took their picture. They didn't even seem to be embarrassed.

Suze said...

Incredible pictures. Love the black and white photography! I don't know where you guys found Summer but NICE JOB!

Stacey L. said...

I picked her up at a flea market.

I'm kidding. Summer is my best friend. We met at work when for some reason Susan Atkins was brought up and we both realized we knew way too much about this.

eviliz said...

Stacey L. said...
I picked her up at a flea market.

I met her thru Jesus at El Coyote in the ladies room.

summerswann said...

Stacey, I thought you were saying you picked up fleas from me...hmmm...

And Liz...it's a good thing Jesus and I are such good friends, otherwise he wouldn't have introduced us!

Stacey L. said...

I picked up the fleas from your dog.

summerswann said...

I am more likely to have to fleas than Zero is. Zero is clean as a little dog can be!

British South Africa Company said...

Is this before the turn off to the rocketdyne road or after it? Or rather where is it in relation to the Rocky Peak church area?

rfoster1 said...

Snakes won't bother you if you don't bother them. Do some reading and learn about the shelter they prefer and stay out of those places. Being coldblooded creatures, they will come out in the open and sun themselves to warm up early in the day. During the hottest part of the day, they will hide in shade wherever they can find it, under logs, rocks, in crevices, etc. During the early evening, they will hang out in the open on heat soaked rocky ledges, or on the sides of asphalt roads. They hunt at night util their body temp gets too low, then the become sluggish.

Spiders, on the other hand, I can do without. They give me the creeps.

Marcus von Wedeking said...

Where can I find or hike to this swimming hole from the Church area. Is this anywhere close to the corner of Santa Susana and Iverson towards the dry creek?

Matt said...

Marcus, email me & I'll hook you up with someone that can help you.

stoner van houten said...

i know at the top of desoto ..is where some of the hendrickison film was filmed...that scence where bruce davis is in the waterfall with a girl..ive been there...is that the same area as ''reds'' swimming hole..????