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Afoot & Afield: San Diego County
by Jerry Schad (Wilderness Press)
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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.
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.
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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