Cedar Creek Falls via Eagle Creek Road

MODERATE 8 reviews

Cedar Creek Falls via Eagle Creek Road is a 5.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Ramona, California that features a waterfall. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

5.3 miles
1095 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly


nature trips



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. This is the alternate trailhead from the Julian side, at the end of Eagle Peak Road, starting at Saddleback Trailhead.

2 months ago

This is a nice meandering trail with the waterfall as your reward before turning back to make the uphill climb. Definitely suggest going early if you prefer quiet trails unbothered by “hikers” playing loud music as you pass them.

even though it was a high wind advisory day once we got about 50 yards down it was totally worth it! Kids loved it and the scenery was breathtaking!

4 months ago

This hike was beautiful and challenging. The challenge was the latter half, climbing back up the mountain. It was definitely worth it though!

Will go in spring for a more rushing waterfall. Summit trail off saddleback trail goes to top of the falls. Hiked the more strenuous hike from saddleback trail.

3 months ago

Saturday, April 06, 2013