Cedar Creek Falls Trail

MODERATE 461 reviews

Cedar Creek Falls Trail is a 5.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Ramona, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
5.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1102 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

You will need a permit to hike this area, and only 75 permits are allocated per day. One permit can have up to 5 people on it. Be careful - children have slipped off the rocks to their death. Also - be sure to bring a lot of water, the trail can be very hot and dry! This hike is not recommended in summer months, as temperatures on the trail are frequently 25F higher than temperatures in San Diego. There is no shade on the last 2.5 miles of uphill in this hike. If you are attempting this hike in warmer months, bring at least ONE GALLON of water per person and per pet and hike in the cooler parts of the day (very early morning or late afternoon). During warm months dogs should not be brought on this trail, and there have been canine fatalities due to heat. Climbing on and jumping off the cliffs surrounding the waterfall is prohibited. There are two trails to Cedar Creek Waterfall. The main trailhead is the San Diego River Gorge Trailhead starting from Ramona. The trailhead has tap water, pit latrines and shade shelters. This trail is 2.5 Miles each way, it begins high in the canyon and descends 1000 feet with no shade or water along the way. At the bottom of the canyon there is an intersection and from this point a permit is required. Continue straight across the small clearing to the short, shaded walk to the waterfall. Cedar Creek Falls only flows after rains and is frequently dry or a small trickle. Save water for the strenuous and hot walk back out. Note: the water at the falls is not drinkable. The alternate trailhead is from the Julian side, at the end of Eagle Peak Road, starting at Saddleback Trailhead.

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1 day ago

Permit required. Great out and back hike! Straight down in and then straight up on the way out. The trail is straight forward and leads right to the waterfall. You can jump off the rocks and swim. Please take your trash with you and respect the area.

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5 days ago

5 days ago

This was a really nice hike-beautiful scenery. You do need s permit before you go, but you can get it online before you go, and you do need to check in before you start your hike. The trail head is well maintained and they have fresh drinking water so you can fill up before you head out--& you should make sure al your water bottles are filled to the top (really hot hike in August).

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20 days ago

Great Trail for Hiking !! At First I Do Recommend purchasing a Permit. Second the start is You head down toward the Falls it's fairly easy . But the hard part is coming back its a work out on your legs but the View from the Falls is all worth it !! Very Beautiful and Breath Taking !! Overall Great Trail and I shall return and try again !! Also it is Normal for it to be A little dry right now !! The Falls had little Dripplits coming from it . But enjoy the Beautiful View !!

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1 month ago

You need a permit so go online and purchase one (one permit admits 5 people). You'll sign in before starting the trail and bring plenty of water, about 1 gallon per person. The hike down wasn't bad, it's the hike up that is brutal, especially in the middle of the day was NO SHADE! The Falls itself was nice. Worth the hike but probably would do it again in the later afternoon to avoid the heat.

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1 month ago

Badass. Go early or really late. WATER! Awesome swimming hole at the bottom. Cool kump rocks. Fish will nibble on ya, no biggie. TAKE YOUR TIME! I felt heat strock start, its hot, be mindful.

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