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    Cedar Creek Road - Falls

    Cleveland National Forest, California
    Distance3.7mi
    Elevation Gain2,438ft
    Trailhead Elevation2,939ft
    Top2,939ft
    Elevation Min/Max1688/2939ft
    Elevation Start/End2939/2939ft

    Cedar Creek Road - Falls

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    San Diego, CA
    Adventurer | 233 pts
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    7/25/2018
    The water is just trickling this time of the year but it's a beautiful hike, very pretty mountain scenery. It's not too steep, but so hot. I needed more water to drink than I thought I would. A permit is required.
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    Firestone Park, CA
    Trailblazer | 959 pts
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    7/16/2018
    I love this beautiful hike. There are lovely mountain vistas on the way down and it is a pretty decent work out on the way back. When it is hot it is even more of a challenge. There is very little shade here, so a hat, sunscreen, and LOTS of water are important.
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    Pathfinder | 68 pts
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    5/25/2018
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    Escondido, CA
    Pathfinder | 90 pts
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    4/4/2017
    Very beautiful when the falls are at full force. Recommend going after a rainfall, though the water may be too cold to swim in comfortably in the winter. Hike in is nice easy down slope. Have to go back up the same way but the gradual uphill isn't difficult.
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    San Diego, CA
    Explorer | 31 pts
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    5/30/2010
    Limited review: didn't make it very far.

    Finding the site is easy, I don't recommend a two wheel drive vehicle after watching a numbskull melt the tread off of his tires trying to climb the hill before sliding backwards into an unsuspecting patron's car.

    We attempted this trail with our dog and had to abort for the heat of the sand... her poor paws were getting burned less than a mile into the trek, necessitating a full retreat with her 56 pounds draped over my husband's very strong back. This was completely our fault as we weren't planning ahead appropriately and didn't think to bring her booties. The only reason I am posting is to serve as a warning to others to not make the same error. This is a sun-drenched trail for it's entirety and the sand gets very hot very early... bring PLENTY of water and booties for the dog. Several other dogs were also being carried out by their owners and more than one person looked as though heat stroke wasn't in the too distant future.

    This is a fabulous trail with a pot of gold at the end... as long as you plan appropriately.
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    Escondido, CA
    Adventurer | 261 pts
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    4/5/2008
    Loved the hike although I got a little car sick getting to the trailhead via the Julian route!! This is a must for spring time but hardly doubt the water flow on the falls will be as strong as it was when we hiked in. Another group showed up and some of their kids jumped into the pool at the bottom of the falls. It looked pretty slimy and smelled fishy to me. I wouldn't recommend drinking any of the water without properly filtering. Best to bring your own. Hike in on the lower trail to the falls then later scramble up a narrow trail rock & dirt trail to the top for a sweet view of the whole valley and falls. I hope you like this one as much as we did!
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    Trail Information

    Cleveland National Forest
    Nearby City
    Cleveland National Forest
    Parks
    Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
    Accessibility
    Moderate to Difficult
    Skill Level
    Waterfalls
    Features
    West of Julian
    Local Contacts
    USGS 7.5-minute Santa Ysabel and Tule Springs
    Local Maps

    6 Members Completed

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