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Cedar Creek Falls

 

Trail Stats

 

Distance - 4.3 Miles

Elevation Gain/Loss - 1100 ft.

Max Elevation Reached - 1835 ft.

Difficulty Level - Moderate

Trailhead - Link

 

Track

 

  

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Description

   

Who would believe that a place as dry as San Diego could have a 100 foot high waterfall! But it is true. There is a pretty awesome waterfall very close to the city. Whether or not it is a 100 footer is debatable. Nonetheless it is high enough to impress you.    

 

There are atleast two trails (that I know of) that lead to the Cedar Creek Falls on San Diego River. You can take the east approach from Eagle Peak Rd. or take the west approach from San Diego Estates. This page describes the latter. I personally prefer the west approach because this lets you drive all the way to the trailhead on paved roads. On the other hand, the east approach requires you to drive some eight miles on unpaved roads to get to the trailhead.

   

Unlike most trails in San Diego, and much like most canyon hikes, this trail involves going downhill on your way in and uphill on your way out. So be prepared to spend twice as much time and energy and water on your way back. While the hike is not demanding in itself, the unusual presentation of hike difficulty (take a look at the elevation profile below) can impact you if you are unprepared and unfit.

       

There are several trails that lead you from the trailhead to the river. Most of them are visible right from the top. Pick one and head generally downhill towards the river. You can use the tracks included in the description as one guaranteed path to the falls. Once you cross the river there is pretty much just the one path to the falls. 

 

The trail is pretty well maintained given the high traffic this destination receives. When you get to the falls, don't be surprised to find people swimming in the pool below the falls. Also, be prepared to find more trash than you are used to on any other trail in San Diego ... especially right at the falls. But don't be put off by this, the falls are still naturally pretty and very much worth the effort of getting there by foot.

  

As one would expect, the falls and the San Diego river are more interesting late spring. If possible, go right after a few days of rainfall. Not only does that enhance the appeal of the falls, it also makes the river crossings (two of them) more interesting.

     

Elevation Profile

 

 

Trail Log

 

April 4th, 2009

    

Started from Trailhead - 3:30 pm

Reached the falls - 5:00 pm

Started back - 5:30 pm

Reached Trailhead - 7:15 pm 

Tech Analysis - Link

  

Photos - Link 

     

Notes -

 

This hike was slightly different from all of my previous hikes. Not only were we going downhill first before climbing uphill on our return, we were also starting late in the afternoon instead of early in the morning. We managed to get back just before sunset.

 

Found a bunch of young people hanging out at the falls - swimming, smoking, drinking ... generally having a gala time. Also spotted a couple camping and collecting firewood just before the falls. Not sure if it is legal (most likely it isn't) but it sure sounds fun.

  

I tried out my new Canon Powershot A590IS for the first time on this hike.

  

    

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