Cottonwood Creek Trail is a hiking trail in San Diego County, California. It is within Cleveland National Forest. It is 0.7 miles long and begins at 4,420 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 489 feet. Near the trailhead there is parking.
Cottonwood Creek Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"A second set of falls south of the Laguna Mountain crest invites your exploration. Although these falls on Cottonwood Creek are somewhat less spectacular than those on Kitchen Creek, they have the added attraction of swimmable pools."
--Jerry Schad, Afoot & Afield: San Diego County (Wilderness Press).
"Upon entering the canyon, the creek assumes a splendid mantle. A lovely wooded arbor sits streamside in the open lower reaches. As the trail progresses upward into an eroded desert chasm, pools appear like oases in this parched and arid landscape. Reeds and other wetland plants grow in and around the larger basins. Gentle cascades have formed all along the stream as it trickles down from the higher elevations of the Laguna Mountains. Some of the falls reach heights of 10 feet or higher."
--Allen Riedel, 100 Classic Hikes in Southern California (The Mountaineers Books).
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