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.

NOTE: Following the death of a 16-year-old boy who fell into the swimming hole, this trail has been CLOSED by the U.S. Forest Service. It is to remain closed until April 1, 2012 or until officials settle on a safety management plan.

Drive to Pine Hills Road, which intersects Highway 78 about 1 mile west of Julian, and turn south. After 1.5 miles on Pine Hills Road, bear right on Eagle Peak Road. After 1.4 more miles, veer right again, staying on Eagle Peak Road. Next comes 8.2 miles of progressively poorer dirt road, parts of which become slippery and muddy in wet weather. At the end, you come to the Cedar Creek Falls Trailhead (Adventure Pass (parking permit) required by the US Forest Service on all national forest land.

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Do not bring dogs this time of year ! Not enough shade for dogs and not enough water ( I brought 8 bottles) . Once we reached the water I threw them in but I would not bring them again they were dying. I would definitely go back (without the dogs) bring lots of water again . I highly recommend this hike, it's a really nice spot down by the falls, even though the fall is pretty much dried up the water pit it still very full, and I love that there wasn't much liter or any graffiti.

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Started this hike around 11:30 PM today it was 98°. The waterfall is not flowing but still went for a dip and got a good work out hiking on the way out. It was crowded at the Punchbowl with the frat boys but what can you expect on the weekends. One ranger was at the trailhead and another was right outside the Punchbowl when we left. I'd love to see this thing flow given enough rainfall. Unclear of what the water source is other than that...

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Timing is really important for this hike - If you start before 8:00 a.m., you'll see a number of hiking enthusiasts, who'll generally be returning back up at around 9 a.m. There's a lull until about 11 when a large number of other hikers (not necessarily enthusiasts) begin starting their hike.

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Great hike! The way up was a killer though!
Waterfall wasn't running as much when I got there but still had a great swim!

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Nice hike! It cost $6 for each permit, up to 5 people per permit. You start down hill and then on the way out you have to go uphill - nice change! My gps said just under 5.5 miles and it took my wife and I 1:50. Take lots of water! Its hot out there. Saw one snake - not a rattler, but dont know what it was. Almost maroon in color. Anyways. Go do it. Well worth the 6$

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5 Completed 3 Reviews

Fantastic hike! The difference between this and many other is instead of hiking up and then down, you hike down to the swimming area and then back up.
There's little shade so ensure you bring a lot of water and sunblock.
Don't get to exhausted swimming and cliff jumping as that hike back can be pretty tough.
Also, you need to get a permit to hike this. They only allow 100 a day I believe it is. You can call when you get there and pay via credit card. They will send you an email which you can show to the ranger from your phone. It was $6/hiker when we hiked.

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The water fall at the end is beautiful but there are large crowds. It seems to be a popular swimming location. You need a day pas to hike this trail. It cost $6 and can be bought on recreation.gov. You will need either a print our of your confirmation to show the ranger or be able to access it from your phone.

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This was very nice hike. We started at about 1pm and got to the falls at about 2:20 and the downhill hike wasn't bad. Uphill was another story, but that's just me. For people who are used to hiking hills it's probably not too bad. The only problem is that you need a permit to hike and you have to buy the permit either before via internet or you can do it by phone when you get there. Then you have to show the ranger your permit on your phone, not a problem if you have service. Luckily for us even though I didn't have service my niece did. Overall though with the creek at the end of the downhill potion of the hike it was definitely worth it.

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9 Completed 9 Reviews

This is a good trail if you want to have fun in between the descent and return :) You can swim in the waterfall area (great way to cool down if you go on a hot day).... Don't worry, you'll dry out before you reach it back to the top if it is that warm . You do need a $6 permit to go to the falls. Take plenty of water - there isn't much shade on the main portion of the hike.

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