Cedar Creek Falls
ElevationAscent: 1,061' 323 m
Descent: -1,061' -324 m
High: 1,952' 595 m
Low: 946' 288 m
GradeAvg Grade: 8% (4°)
Max Grade: 17% (9°)
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“This is San Diego’s most famous waterfall hike.”— Matthew Kidd
There is very little shade and temperatures can reach 115 degrees Fahrenheit from May through November. These conditions are clearly indicated at the trailhead where hikers are told to carry one gallon of water. Several hikers have died on this trail from heat stroke. Keep in mind that your return is a climb and that you'll likely be leaving near the hottest part of the day.
At just over 2 miles, turn left onto the San Diego River Gorge Trail #2e04. This trail flattens out and winds along Cedar Creek, taking you to Cedar Creek Falls, a nearly 80-ft cascade that drops into a wide pool at the base of the falls. From the falls, visitors can enjoy their towering height and, during wet years, sizable flow.
After enjoying the falls, return to the trailhead the way you came, keeping in mind that the hike out will be mostly uphill.
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Land Manager: USFS - Cleveland National Forest Office