Sill Hill Waterfall Trail

Julian, California

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This hidden grotto and 30-foot waterfall lie within Cleveland National Forest, just outside the west boundary of Cuyamaca Rancho State Park. They’re part of a remote and roadless area once known as the Sill Hill Wilderness Study Area. Although the area never won official wilderness designation—in part because of its relatively small size—hikers will find little evidence of human influence, past or present, here. Finding the waterfall may be challenging, as the informal path down to it is sketchy. The last few hundred yards involve a bit of rock-hopping and possibly bushwhacking. In addition, you must take care not to enter an island of private land lying between the national forest and the state park.
Afoot & Afield: San Diego County

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Afoot & Afield: San Diego County

by Jerry Schad (Wilderness Press)

This hidden grotto and 30-foot waterfall lie within Cleveland National Forest, just outside the west boundary of Cuyamaca Rancho State Park. They’re part of a remote and roadless area once known as the Sill Hill Wilderness Study Area. Although the area never won official wilderness designation—in part because of its relatively small size—hikers will find little evidence of human influence, past or present, here. Finding the waterfall may be challenging, as the informal path down to it is sketchy. The last few hundred yards involve a bit of rock-hopping and possibly bushwhacking. In addition, you must take care not to enter an island of private land lying between the national forest and the state park.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Julian
Distance: 6.5
Elevation Gain: 1,400 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 4.5 hours
Season: November through June
Local Contacts: Cuyamaca Rancho State Park, Palomar Ranger District
Local Maps: USGS Cuyamaca Peak
Driving Directions: Directions to Sill Hill Waterfall Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

6/20/2017
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This is a fairly difficult hike. Since the Cedar fire destroyed the trees in the area it is very hot. There are a lot of dead trees down and getting to the falls is very difficult. The correct way to access the falls is to go up around the private property at the end of Milk Ranch Road via the loop trail you see in the state park. The property owners will prosecute trespassers! We encountered lots of poison oak and ticks. I would not recommend this hike.



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May 2018