West Side Road

Cleveland National Forest, California

Elevation Gain884ft
Trailhead Elevation2,820ft
Elevation Min/Max2398/2820ft
Elevation Start/End2820/2820ft

West Side Road

West Side Road is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in San Diego County, California. It is within Cleveland National Forest. It is 4.1 miles long and begins at 2,820 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 8.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 884 feet. This trail connects with the following: Sawday Truck Trail.

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

Afoot & Afield: San Diego County (Wilderness Press)
Jerry Schad
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"A lesser-known waterfall of the upper San Diego River drainage system— the Devils Jumpoff in Dye Canyon— comes to life in a dramatic way only after periods of heavy rainfall. The rim of the Devils Jumpoff cliff lies on private land with no access. The bottom of the cliff can be reached over national forest territory, but a difficult canyon-bottom hike would be required to reach it. Despite those impediments, you can get a distant view of the Jumpoff for the mere trouble of a 2-mile hike on a fire road called the West Side Road."

West Side Road Trip Reports

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I took this trail looking for the route to cedar falls. I passed some hikers who told me I was going the wrong way, but I decided to keep going. It was a gradual elevation rise going out so nice hiking coming back when tired. The devil's jumpoff falls were going and were spectacular.
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My daughter and I planned a sunset/moon rise hike to overlook the (dry) falls at sunset and have a picnic. The goal was met and we hiked down by moonlight to a chorus of coyotes.

This is a wonderful little trail, with views opening off to the South as you gain elevation at the beginning of the hike. We have done this trail twice now on weekday evenings, and haven't seen many other hikers (4 total), although there have been two very pleasant mountain bikers and, sadly, some dude on a dirt bike last night.

The trail guide is just a bit fuzzy on the overlook to the falls. You will cross through the fence line then the road actually becomes a path at this point. Before it heads down hill, the location of the falls can be determined by the trees up on the mesa across the canyon when you look to the right. There are spots off to the right at the end of the mesa where you can sit on some rock outcroppings. I'm anxious to see the falls in action.
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Difficult trail but worth the 100ft waterfall at the end. About 4 miles one way. Dog friendly. Temperatures get over 100-degrees F in the summer (DANGER). Best time to do hike: Fall - Spring.

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Trail Information

Cleveland National Forest
Nearby City
Cleveland National Forest
Skill Level
Palomar Ranger District
Local Contacts
USGS Ramona, Santa Ysabel
Local Maps

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