Sill Hill Waterfall Trail

Julian, California 92036

Sill Hill Waterfall Trail

Sill Hill Waterfall Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"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."

Sill Hill Waterfall Trail Trip Reports

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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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Trail Information

Nearby City
1,400 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
4.5 hours
November through June
Cuyamaca Rancho State Park, Palomar Ranger District
Local Contacts
USGS Cuyamaca Peak
Local Maps

Trail Log