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West Side Road Trail [CLOSED] is a 4.5 mile moderately 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 best used from December until May. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 4.5 mi Elevation gain 859 ft Route type Out & Back
Dogs on leash Hiking Mountain biking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Running Forest Views Waterfall Wild flowers Wildlife Over grown Closed
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As of September 2020, trails in this area are closed due to wildfire. See park page for more information. Views are nice and you can see the lake for a split moment between the mountains. It'll get your heart pumping a bit but it's great for beginners who are wanting to challenge themselves a little. Bring water! Starts at road to the right of a house. No trailhead sign.

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Arman Mostaghimi
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HikingClosed

3 stars just because I couldn’t go on the trail. The trail is closed until Nov 1st 2020.

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Ray Junior
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HikingGreat!No shade

Peaceful hike. Would give it 5 stars but I had some uncertainty with parking. Definitely a trail I’d do again soon!

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Lisa Kaspriak
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Hiking

Steep hike, good workout, great views, first hour is all uphill, turned at that point. Enjoyed it.

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Paul Chondropoulos
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HikingNo shade

Steady incline for the most of the trail. Nice views in last third of the trail. Shade based on time of day and there would be no shade at noon.

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David Matusiak
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David Matusiak
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HikingNo shade
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roxana Kidwell
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Hiking

This hike definitely seems closed with fine notices posted

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Matt McMinn
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Hiking

Gorgeous sunrise hike. Parking area blocked off for Covid-19, just park off the side of the road just before trail head. Enjoy!

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Liz Johnson
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Hiking

Really fun morning hike. near trail head is a taped off portion of cedar Creek falls l, cops are trying to close all alt access to that trail. so far it's still open. started a little later in the morning and ran into people on my way down but overall a nice way to kill the morning. not too hard, a few spicy sections but overall pretty easy

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Danielle Terry
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HikingNo shade

Beautiful trail! There are views at the end of a waterfall in the distance. Moderate effort required. Would highly recommend

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John Weber
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Hiking

Very scenic, like Hawaii in some places (it had also just rained). Mostly uphill but manageable, no stopping needed. Hardest part is the first 25% of the hike. Waterfall near end. Very green after rains. Trail starts on paved road next to a house. Overall moderate.

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Mike Maguire-Carroll
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Hiking

Not the prettiest trail, but nice views and lots of solitude and quiet.

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Noj Kunnath
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Hiking

10am on a Saturday. only passed 3 people. nice view of mountains and valley most the way with a glimpse of river. I would rate this pretty easy hike. went until the sign that said go no further.

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Mac Foley
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Hiking

Good exercise, no crowd on trail, within an hour of the city.

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Markus Wagner
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HikingNo shade
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Glenn Dugan
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Mountain biking

I ride this trail 3 days a week. Always gets your heart rate going. This is an out and back ride. Pretty much uphill all the way to the turnaround. Just this week they had a bobcat clear and grade . The trail is really wide now. Unfortunately, due to the grading it’s extremely soft and makes it hard to keep your speed going uphill. Will probably firm up when the rainy season comes, but that will be a while. Shouldn’t affect hikers though. This trail is just down the street from the Cedar Creek trailhead.

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Lindsay Everhart
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Hiking

Nice steady climb. Didn’t see anyone except 2 mountain bikers on the trail. It get hot real quick once the sun comes up and there isn’t much shade so go early and bring more water than you think.

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Alison MH
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Hiking

Great hike! Started @ 7am, saw one other hiker. Moderate uphill all the way- stunning views. Turned around at private property signs. GPS says 4.65m. 2 hours but I take lots of pictures & enjoy the view. Starts at road to the right of a house. No trailhead sign.

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Neil Bacon
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Hiking

Good little trail. Its a pretty quick hike, like others have said you are on an old road. The AllTrails app seems to end randomly, we continued past to a T intersection and found a good rock to eat a snack and look down to the valley before we turned around.

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Rachel Steinke Smith
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Great hike in the scrub, nice views of the Ramona hills and ravines. This year, the wild flowers may not show, at least until we have a 2nd rainfall... however, they say this hike is 3.6 miles, but I'm at that mark and it looks like it will go for miles more.

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Katie George
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Beautiful views the whole time! Not sure if you can go longer than the 4 miles. You eventually reach a no trespass sign, believe it’s marked as a private ranch.

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Vanessa Silva
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Hiking

This was an easy one! Views are nice and you can see the lake for a split moment between the mountains. It'll get your heart pumping a bit but it's great for beginners who are wanting to challenge themselves a little. Hiked out around 9:30 am and there was very little shade but some cool spots. Took about an hour to head up. Don't forget your water !

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Vevalee A.
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Hiking

We didn't have a permit for Cedar Creek Falls so the rangers directed us to this trail just across the valley. It is a very easy and peaceful hike. My 11 and 9 year old had a great time with no complaining. You hike along a fire road for the majority of the hike. There were a few streams of water along the trail and lots of blooming wildflowers. Once the trail transitions into single track begin looking northeast and you see a beautiful waterfall, per the USGS map it is called devils jump off and drops 1000ft. I recommend this hike for this time of year. There is no shade so in mid summer it will get pretty toasty.

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Ryan Swaim
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Hiking

I really enjoyed this trail. When you get to the top, where there's signs telling you not to go past on to private property, there is a great view of the water fall. There was hardly anyone on the trail at all, it's really quiet and you can't see any cell towers or roads from the top.

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Corinne Erb
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Hiking

We started off at my friends house, so hiked over 2 miles to the end of Ramona Oaks and then went up the hill. Gorgeous hike, beautiful views, paved uphill at first, then goes into easy rolling hike. Beware for Rattlers. Got close to one hiding in. The shade. And it was early morning. Fortunately he was stretched out, and I can still move really fast

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Connor Maruna
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Mountain biking

I live just down the street and the trailhead is off by about a 1/2 mile so not too bad. The trail goes up about 4 miles then is COMPLETELY overgrown. tried treking through it with my bike for about 100 yards then just gave up because the sun was starting to set. Other than that it is all up hill on the way out and a fun but very rocky downhill on the way back.

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Otani Linn Lawrence-Laster
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Hiking

Up, up, & then small ups & downs & flat at times, but it's a great hike! The mountain views are...well huge of course & beautiful. There is also a river & waterfall! The trailhead isn't marked & this app directs you approximately a few hundred feet in the wrong direction. The trail starts at the end of the road as a paved trail & then becomes dirt. At first I was confused because I thought I was entering private property. Other than this minor confusion the trail is clear to follow.

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Andrew Rivera
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Mountain biking

I love this trail, it's one of my favorites for biking since it's right by my house. It's up hill the entire way there but that means it's downhill the way back. If you go after it rains you can see Devil's Jumpoff.

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Mike White
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beautiful place to hike, loved it the only thing is that the waterfall is on private land. Good work out UP to the waterfall. Up hill to get there almost all the way.

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