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Mapping 20 of LA's Awesomest and Douchiest Swim Spots

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Good Lord, it's hot, and there's no June Gloom in sight to ease the pain. You'll have to drown your sweaty sorrows in a pool and your own sense of superiority: Here are 20 of Los Angeles's best pools and swimmin' holes, rated on a five-point scale for difficulty of access (doormen, crowds, hikes, etc.), douchiness factor (Hollywood hotel pool party: high; public pool: low), and awesomeness levels. Have fun, stay cool, wear sunscreen.

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1. Hansen Dam Aquatic Center

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11798 Foothill Boulevard
Sylmar, CA 91342

Difficulty level: 1 Douchiness level: 1 Awesomeness level: 5. It's like an inland, lined beach. Plus: waterslides!

2. Eastern Columbia Lofts

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849 S Broadway
Los Angeles, CA

Difficulty level: 4, unless you're down with a resident. Douchiness level: 3 Awesomeness level: 5

3. W Hollywood

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6250 Hollywood Blvd
Hollywood, CA 90028
(323) 798-1300
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Difficulty level: 4. Hotel guests are supposedly allowed in, but everyone else has to deal with covers, doormen, and/or reservations.Douchiness level: 5Awesomeness level: 3. Fun setting, but it depends on how you feel about bad LA stereotypes. [Image via Renee Render-Kaplan]

4. Covina Castle pirate pool

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20224 East Lorencita Drive
Covina, CA 91724

Difficulty level: 4. This is a private house, but we're sure someone knows someone whose cousin can get you into a pool party. Douchiness level: 5. It's 80,000 gallons. There's a drought on. Come on.Awesomeness level: 4.

5. Hermit Falls

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North Santa Anita Avenue
Sierra Madre, CA 91024

Difficulty level: 4. You'll have to drive to Sierra Madre and hike a couple miles. Douchiness level: 1 Awesomeness level: 5. Cliff jumping!

6. Mondrian Hotel

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8440 W Sunset Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(323) 650-8999
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Difficulty level: 3 Douchiness level: 5 back in its heyday, now more like a 4 Awesomeness level: 3. Great views.

7. Annenberg Community Beach House

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415 Palisades Beach Rd
Santa Monica, CA 90402
(310) 458-4904
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Difficulty level: 4. Reservations are open to everyone but can be hard to come by in the summer (and you still have to get there by 11 am). Douchiness level: 2. Westside parents getting cutthroat. Awesomeness level: 4. It was once part of the estate that William Randolph Hearst shared with his mistress Marion Davies and it got a great reno a few years ago with new buildings but original tiles.

8. Stahl House

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1635 Woods Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90069
(323) 744-1635
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Difficulty level: 6. You can tour the house for a fee, but unless you're an actor or model on a shoot, good luck getting in the pool. Douchiness level: 1 Awesomeness level: 5. It may not appear in the iconic Julius Shulman photo, but it's still one of the best-sited pools in the city. [Image via Michael Locke/Curbed LA flickr pool]

9. Malibu Creek State Park Rock Pool

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1925 Las Virgenes Road
Agoura Hills, CA 91301

Difficulty level: 3. It's a short and easy hike away. Douchiness level: 2 Awesomeness level: 5. The rock is volcanic; the original Planet of the Apes filmed here.

10. Culver City Plunge

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4175 Overland Avenue
Culver City, CA 90230

Difficulty level: 2 Douchiness level: 1 Awesomeness level: 2. There's a diving board, but really this is the place to get some serious swimming done.

11. 1100 Wilshire

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1100 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90017

Difficulty level: 3 Douchiness level: 4. Home of the red cup. Awesomeness level: 4

12. Château Marmont

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8221 W Sunset Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90046
(323) 656-1010
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Difficulty level: 3 Douchiness level: 3 Awesomeness level: 4. Crazy setting above the Sunset Strip and oh if those lounge chairs could talk.

13. Millennium Biltmore Hotel

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506 S Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90071
(213) 624-1011
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Difficulty level: 2 Douchiness level: 1 Awesomeness level: 4. Loses points for being indoors, gains a ton for being all tiled and twenties-fabulous.

14. Bridge to Nowhere - Angeles National Forest

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Difficulty level: 5. You're going to have to hike about nine miles there and back. Douchiness level: 2Awesomeness level: 3

15. Los Angeles Athletic Club

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431 W 7th St
Los Angeles, CA 90014
(213) 625-2211
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Difficulty level: 3. You have to be a member. Douchiness level: 2 Awesomeness level: 3. It's indoors, but the club has been in the building for 100 years and is packed with history.

16. The Standard, Downtown LA

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550 S Flower St
Los Angeles, CA 90071
(213) 892-8080
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Difficulty level: 4 Douchiness level: 4 Awesomeness level: 3. Killer views and super fun (although possibly germ-ridden) waterbed cabanas.

17. Los Angeles Swim Stadium

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3980 Bill Robertson Lane
Los Angeles, CA 90037

Difficulty level: 2Douchiness level: 1 Awesomeness level: 3. It was built for the 1932 Olympics but left to rot through the eighties and nineties before getting an overhaul in the early aughts.

18. Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel

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7000 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 466-7000
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Difficulty level: 4. Some days they like to only let in reality stars.Douchiness level: 5. See above. Awesomeness level: 4

19. Hollywood YMCA

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1553 Schrader Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 467-4161

Difficulty level: 2Douchiness level: 2. It has celebrity devotees, but only pretty low-key ones. Awesomeness level: 4. The whole campus is on the National Register, and the two pools are tiled.

20. Rose Bowl Aquatic Center

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360 N Arroyo Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91103

Difficulty level: 2. Some people complain about the price and the crowding.Douchiness level: 3Awesomeness level: 3

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1. Hansen Dam Aquatic Center

11798 Foothill Boulevard, Sylmar, CA 91342

Difficulty level: 1 Douchiness level: 1 Awesomeness level: 5. It's like an inland, lined beach. Plus: waterslides!

11798 Foothill Boulevard
Sylmar, CA 91342

2. Eastern Columbia Lofts

849 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA

Difficulty level: 4, unless you're down with a resident. Douchiness level: 3 Awesomeness level: 5

849 S Broadway
Los Angeles, CA

3. W Hollywood

6250 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028

Difficulty level: 4. Hotel guests are supposedly allowed in, but everyone else has to deal with covers, doormen, and/or reservations.Douchiness level: 5Awesomeness level: 3. Fun setting, but it depends on how you feel about bad LA stereotypes. [Image via Renee Render-Kaplan]

6250 Hollywood Blvd
Hollywood, CA 90028

4. Covina Castle pirate pool

20224 East Lorencita Drive, Covina, CA 91724

Difficulty level: 4. This is a private house, but we're sure someone knows someone whose cousin can get you into a pool party. Douchiness level: 5. It's 80,000 gallons. There's a drought on. Come on.Awesomeness level: 4.

20224 East Lorencita Drive
Covina, CA 91724

5. Hermit Falls

North Santa Anita Avenue, Sierra Madre, CA 91024

Difficulty level: 4. You'll have to drive to Sierra Madre and hike a couple miles. Douchiness level: 1 Awesomeness level: 5. Cliff jumping!

North Santa Anita Avenue
Sierra Madre, CA 91024

6. Mondrian Hotel

8440 W Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

Difficulty level: 3 Douchiness level: 5 back in its heyday, now more like a 4 Awesomeness level: 3. Great views.

8440 W Sunset Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069

7. Annenberg Community Beach House

415 Palisades Beach Rd, Santa Monica, CA 90402

Difficulty level: 4. Reservations are open to everyone but can be hard to come by in the summer (and you still have to get there by 11 am). Douchiness level: 2. Westside parents getting cutthroat. Awesomeness level: 4. It was once part of the estate that William Randolph Hearst shared with his mistress Marion Davies and it got a great reno a few years ago with new buildings but original tiles.

415 Palisades Beach Rd
Santa Monica, CA 90402

8. Stahl House

1635 Woods Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90069

Difficulty level: 6. You can tour the house for a fee, but unless you're an actor or model on a shoot, good luck getting in the pool. Douchiness level: 1 Awesomeness level: 5. It may not appear in the iconic Julius Shulman photo, but it's still one of the best-sited pools in the city. [Image via Michael Locke/Curbed LA flickr pool]

1635 Woods Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90069

9. Malibu Creek State Park Rock Pool

1925 Las Virgenes Road, Agoura Hills, CA 91301

Difficulty level: 3. It's a short and easy hike away. Douchiness level: 2 Awesomeness level: 5. The rock is volcanic; the original Planet of the Apes filmed here.

1925 Las Virgenes Road
Agoura Hills, CA 91301

10. Culver City Plunge

4175 Overland Avenue, Culver City, CA 90230

Difficulty level: 2 Douchiness level: 1 Awesomeness level: 2. There's a diving board, but really this is the place to get some serious swimming done.

4175 Overland Avenue
Culver City, CA 90230

11. 1100 Wilshire

1100 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90017

Difficulty level: 3 Douchiness level: 4. Home of the red cup. Awesomeness level: 4

1100 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90017

12. Château Marmont

8221 W Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046

Difficulty level: 3 Douchiness level: 3 Awesomeness level: 4. Crazy setting above the Sunset Strip and oh if those lounge chairs could talk.

8221 W Sunset Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90046

13. Millennium Biltmore Hotel

506 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90071

Difficulty level: 2 Douchiness level: 1 Awesomeness level: 4. Loses points for being indoors, gains a ton for being all tiled and twenties-fabulous.

506 S Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90071

14. Bridge to Nowhere - Angeles National Forest

Azusa, CA 91702

Difficulty level: 5. You're going to have to hike about nine miles there and back. Douchiness level: 2Awesomeness level: 3

15. Los Angeles Athletic Club

431 W 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

Difficulty level: 3. You have to be a member. Douchiness level: 2 Awesomeness level: 3. It's indoors, but the club has been in the building for 100 years and is packed with history.

431 W 7th St
Los Angeles, CA 90014

16. The Standard, Downtown LA

550 S Flower St, Los Angeles, CA 90071

Difficulty level: 4 Douchiness level: 4 Awesomeness level: 3. Killer views and super fun (although possibly germ-ridden) waterbed cabanas.

550 S Flower St
Los Angeles, CA 90071

17. Los Angeles Swim Stadium

3980 Bill Robertson Lane, Los Angeles, CA 90037

Difficulty level: 2Douchiness level: 1 Awesomeness level: 3. It was built for the 1932 Olympics but left to rot through the eighties and nineties before getting an overhaul in the early aughts.

3980 Bill Robertson Lane
Los Angeles, CA 90037

18. Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel

7000 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Difficulty level: 4. Some days they like to only let in reality stars.Douchiness level: 5. See above. Awesomeness level: 4

7000 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028

19. Hollywood YMCA

1553 Schrader Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Difficulty level: 2Douchiness level: 2. It has celebrity devotees, but only pretty low-key ones. Awesomeness level: 4. The whole campus is on the National Register, and the two pools are tiled.

1553 Schrader Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028

20. Rose Bowl Aquatic Center

360 N Arroyo Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91103

Difficulty level: 2. Some people complain about the price and the crowding.Douchiness level: 3Awesomeness level: 3

360 N Arroyo Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91103