Cedar Creek Falls Trail

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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 difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from October until May.

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

kid friendly

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

waterfall

wild flowers

rocky

no shade

no dogs

A popular hike in San Diego County, the trail to Cedar Creek Falls is a challenging pathway through backcountry hills and down an exposed canyon to a spectacular waterfall. Based in eastern San Diego in Cleveland Nationa Forest, Cedar Creek Waterfall can be accessed from the main trailhead at San Diego River Gorge starting in Ramona or via Saddleback Trailhead at the end of Eagle Peak Road in Julian. Please know that a visitor use permit is required to hike from the bottom of the Canyon to the Falls and only 75 permits are allocated per day. One permit can have up to 5 people on it. This hike is not advised for those with health conditions and not recommended in summer months due to extreme heat and the risk of heat stroke. Bring at least one gallon of water per person in summer months. Climbing on and jumping off the cliffs surrounding the waterfall is prohibited. For more information contact the USDA Forest Service.

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2 days ago

Great hike I would label it moderate
not so hard but keep in mind you are going up on way back but lots of switch backs
-watch for bikers as there are blind corners
-bring lots of water
-lifeflight is very familiar with this trail
-planning yo bring my 11 year old next time

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6 days ago

I did struggle with this hike,only because I’m so used to getting the hard part over with at the beginning and this one the hike is on your way back. It’s a good change.

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10 days ago

awesome gorgeous hike last I went out took my two children 11& 9 they have done it twice now. No problem as long as have plenty of water. Water is freezing when falls are flowing after melt off of snow in mountains. Very peaceful can be pretty crowded sometimes.
Have to plan this hike in advance cause a permit is required and often sell out of on peek days. Rangers will turn people away without permit.
Always remember to hike out what you take in.

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27 days ago

did 4/23/2010, it had just rained so Mildred Falls was flowing as well. it is on your right at the beginning of this down first hike.

1 month ago

It's a great hike! The way back is uphill so bring plenty of water. No water coming down the falls but we plan on coming back after a nice good rain. My 12 year old daughter and 10 year old son did great even in the heat!

Hard hike but worth the desert heat. once you get to the water fall, its heaven. The suckiest part is the incline one the way OUT.

1 month ago

Loved the hike. My favorite

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1 month ago

Such a beautiful hike! Peaceful and quiet! It gets super hot later in the day, makes the up hill a challenge, but totally manageable.

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