Cedar Creek Falls Trail

#1 of 3 trails in swartz canyon county park
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.

8.6 miles Out & Back 1200 feet
Dog Friendly
hiking nature trips walking dogs river views
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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.

Mikhail Hakim

3 Completed0 Reviews

This is a really good hike. You can easily get there but must purchase a day pass to Cleveland national forest. The pass was about $6 and well worth it. Great views and peaceful hike all the way down and out to reach the punch bowl. Coming back is a bit of a mission and tiring but well worth it!

Connor Bass

3 Completed1 Reviews

Mariel Garcia

4 Completed4 Reviews

Ana Howe

1 Completed1 Reviews

It's a good hike, but coming out is a workout. Make sure to bring plenty of water.

Amanda Beaverson

2 Completed3 Reviews

Great time

sandeep ponnuru

13 Completed11 Reviews

it was a nice hike between the hills. the hike rolls down into the valley with no shade whatsoever. the waterfall didn't have too much water but the pool was cool to swim. remember to reserve the permit priory at recreation.gov. the return could be harsh if you start late since it's the climb up.

Carrie Johnson Justin Williamson

10 Completed1 Reviews

Did this hike in July. Great hike but I did the hike at the hottest time of the day. The hike in was easy, all downhill with beautiful views. The hike back was challenging because of the heat and no shade. I brought 3 12oz. bottles and could have drank more. I agree with some of the others that it would be a difficult hike for dogs because of the heat and lack of shade. Note to self..go earlier in the day or in the fall/winter.

Jules K.

It was a fun and enjoyable hike. Scenery was beautiful, and the waterfall/ waterhole was pretty. I recommend to start early so it is t too busy when you get To the water. Save your water for the hike back.
I don't recommend to bring dogs in the summer. It was very hot, and there are no shaded areas.

Juan Olivas

32 Completed13 Reviews

Have gone to this hike many times, pick an overcast day but still bring water.going down is very easy but on the way up, that's what the water is for. the waterfall makes up for the hike, it's just to bad that it's limited to certain amount of people and pay for a permit. it's a good hike me, my wife and friends have enjoyed it very much.

Junior Rolon

7 Completed1 Reviews

Beautiful Hike, Various Terrain, went after 4pm so lots of shaded areas to rest if u need to. The end is well worth the Hike, tougher on the way back but not a difficult hike at all!! A Must Do for San Diego Hikers!