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“Cedar Creek Falls News”
Review of Cedar Creek Falls

Ranked #8 of 39 things to do in Julian
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Owner description: Springtime-only waterfalls fed by melting winter snow.
Reviewed December 13, 2011

The Forest Service is proposing a number of actions to manage recreation at Cedar Creek Falls and in the surrounding area. These actions include requiring a visitor permit to visit the falls, developing unpaved parking at the junction of Eagle Peak and Cedar Creek roads, and constructing a trail connection between this junction and the southernmost Eagle Peak Preserve property. YOU have the right to provide input to the Forest Service under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Visit the Cleveland National Forest website to learn more about the proposal and how to get involved: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/fs-usda-pop.php/?project=37332

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Reviewed August 3, 2011

A 16 year-old boy died this July in a fall at the Cedar Creek Falls (sometimes mistakenly called Devil's Punchbowl); the San Diego County Sheriffs and U.S. Forest Service have blocked access trails, including patrols and threatened arrest of anyone found in the area. Helicopters are patrolling the area also. The San Diego "East County News" has info on all of this, or just Google.

4  Thank konabish
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Reviewed June 16, 2011

A real Gem of a hike in North County San Diego. Spring time is the best time to take on this trail If you don't mind getting a little wet with a few shallow stream crossing.
The hike trail starts at a water tower near the end of a residential neighborhood. Parking is oddly situated street side of the neighboring homes. The first 2 mile of trail is on a well maintained downward switchbacks. good hiking shoes or running shoes will work here, but you will prefer flip flops or Teva like shoes for the stream crossings.

The actual falls and pool are tucked away behind Trees, brush and rock and once you get there it really is breathtaking. a very unique gem of a place for a desert like San Diego. this place can get crowed. I suggest getting an early start, 8am to beat the day hikers and possible heat. (not much shade- sun screen, hat a must) the water will form a pool surrounded by large boulders. Fun to climb but can be slick and troublesome for younger children. There is also a back door trail, about another mile, that will lead you to the top of the falls perched about 60 feet above the pool below. The rocks near the water are extremely slippery, so be careful! Yes the water is cold, but it's very refreshing once you hike down. Everyone will want to reward themselves with at least a waist deep dip.

Unlike most mountain hikes where the trail eases you down as you tire, this trail marches you back up to the high point. Be sure to pack plenty of water, electrolytes, sunscreen and snacks.

7  Thank TheCaDean
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Reviewed June 3, 2011

This is a beautiful hike in the spring. The falls dry up by midsummer. There's no shade at all and can be a dangerous hike on a hot day.

When I went in April 2011 the falls were the biggest I've ever seen them. It's fun to swim in the pool beneath the falls. There's a rope that you can use to swing into the water.

There are 2 routes down to the falls. One is near Julian and the other is closer to Ramona. The Julian route has a 9 mile dirt road going to it. The Ramona route has a bathroom in the lot and is a little shorter. However, it is a much steeper hike.

Cedar Falls Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Or4pjgIZTTs

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Reviewed March 26, 2011

Hiked to the falls from the Ramona side on Saturday 3/26. Great trip - the falls are roaring with all the rain we've had recently. The creek was real high, wading in over knee-deep (chilly!).

One important thing to note... a NEW TRAIL has been plowed down from the Ramona side (seems like just this month). It's about 75% done, they haven't plowed it all. The new trail is a much wider and more of a gradual incline. The downside to the new trail is that it makes this a much more accessible trail, which will likely bring more folks.

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