Cedar Creek Falls Trail

#1 of 3 trails in swartz canyon county park

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Cedar Creek Falls Trail is a 4.50 mile out and back trail located near Julian, California that features a waterfall. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

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Carla Gonzalez Domínguez (76)

1 Completed1 Reviews

Does anyone know if there is currently water running in the falls?

Don't want to swim in stagnant water!

Thanks! :)

Zawaka Salvini (87)

2 Completed2 Reviews

The dirrection on how to get to this hike are....terible. I live in the area Its much easier to drive into ramona Head northeast on Main St toward 10th St

Turn right at the 1st cross street onto 10th St
0.4 mi

Continue onto San Vicente Rd
6.4 mi

Turn left onto Ramona Oaks Rd
3.0 mi

Continue onto Ramona Oaks Rd
Destination will be on the right
Its at the end of the road.

This hike was actualy published in some magazines and gained recent popularity and you now need a permit to go all the way down to the falls(its around 12$)

D C. (219)

I think I'm ready to conquer this hike once again. I've learned a few things from my first go at it 5 years ago.

Easy trek down, spent time at the water, but ran out of drinking water on my way back up around 1ish..... It was hot, it was hard for me at the time. Now that I feel a little bit more experienced I think it will be ok.

Patricia Reyes (56)

1 Completed1 Reviews

Breathtaking hike, with an awesome pool at the bottom of the falls to cool off in. I could spend all afternoon at that falls. Worth the hike!

M. Stopani (354)

12 Completed8 Reviews

We arrived on the Ramona side @ 6:30am. The ranger was already there checking for passes. So don't forget your pass. The walk down was easy and only took about 40 minutes. Just a trickle at the falls but it did not matter. From the mountain view as you descend to the absolutely gorgeous view when we arrived at the falls. The ascent back to the trail head took us 1hour. Figure a little extra time on the return trip. It is all up hill but not that bad since we started early.

Michael Ortiz (418)

6 Completed6 Reviews

Did this hike in mid December with 3 others (two guys and one girl) at a wide range of fitness levels, but all were able to complete the hike no problem.
The scenery was absolutely gorgeous in December, but I imagine that it would be even better in early spring. We started our hike from the Eagle Peak Rd side (33.002460,-116.715046). We then traveled southwest to a trail intersection and took the trail to the falls. The falls was very dry at this time even after it rained the day before, but the sheer beauty of this place made this hike for me. Can't wait to do it again!

Cristian Ardelean (199)

2 Completed1 Reviews

great trail, beautiful scenery.

Luiza Dias (91)

5 Completed1 Reviews

I loved this hike! The view is gorgeous the entire way. Get a parking pass online before you go. Get there early, like 8ish to be finished around 12ish. Bring a lot of water and lunch to eat at the waterfall.The devils punch bowl is a great place to swim. When I went in August the waterfall was dry. The hike back up is a killer, all up hill. Definitely worth going back during rainy seasons.

Michael Lusk (268)

13 Completed13 Reviews

We went early in the morning to beat the heat on the way back. You have to purchase a park pass which you can do using your smart phone. I posted a pic from the parking lot explaining what to do. The park recommends extreme caution but we were fine with a bottle of water. I posted a pic showing the parks warning sign. The hike is all downhill to the falls. The views were great along the way. The falls were not running and the water level was down when we went. We were the first people down there that day. I was able to take several photos of the undisturbed water. The water was too stagnant to swim in at the time. The hike out was all uphill and hot but since we went early and didn't stay long it wasn't that bad.

Anthony Morfin (201)

4 Completed2 Reviews