Cedar Creek Road-Falls is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in San Diego County, California. It is within Cleveland National Forest. It is 3.7 miles long and begins at 2,939 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 7.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,438 feet. The seasonal waste basket is near the trailhead. There are also parkings. The Nona Prospect (elevation 2,257 feet) quarry can be seen along the trail.
"The San Diego River and its upper tributaries drain the pastoral valleys and forested hillsides around Julian, and the rugged western slopes of the Cuyamaca Mountains. The water flows generally southwest through V-shaped canyons, and eventually reaches El Capitan Reservoir, not far from San Diego’s eastern suburbs. Quite frequently the water en coun ters resistant layers in the underlying igneous and metamorphic rocks. In several places it tumbles over cataracts up to a hundred feet high. The grinding of stones trapped in pockets below these falls has created deep pools, or “punchbowls.” Cedar Creek Falls, along with its punchbowl, is one of the more attractive and accessible of these wonders." Read more
"Here’s one of San Diego County’s hidden treasures, tucked back in a tributary of the upper San Diego River, accessible these days only by non-mechanized means of travel. Before the construction of El Capitan Dam in the early 1930s, the falls were a popular destination for Sunday outings, and could be reached relatively easily on an auto road up the San Diego River valley from Lakeside. This popular hike to Cedar Creek Falls from the east is rated “moderately strenuous.” Though experienced hikers might think that’s judging the route too harshly, inexperienced visitors routinely get into trouble on the return, simply because they forget to bring along plenty of drinking water for the sweaty, uphill climb back to the trailhead in afternoon heat." Read more
"If your dogs like the water, they will love this area. While this is not a hidden hike, it certainly is a gem of San Diego County, even though at times it seems like everyone in San Diego is at the main swimming hole. The water here flows year-round, despite its low elevation, and while the best time of year to visit is during the spring, autumn can be quite lovely as well, often with thinner crowds. The base of the falls sits close to 1000 feet above sea level, and the temperatures here can sizzle, especially in the mid-day summer sun. It’s not a good idea to take a mid-day hike here when it is hot, but if you are beneath the falls during the hottest time of day, you’ll know exactly why this place is a treasure. The falls drop over 90 feet into the pool at the bottom, and in high rain years the cascade resembles a more northern locale rather than arid San Diego County." Read more