Cedar Creek Falls Trail

MODERATE
#1 of 3 trails in Swartz Canyon County Park
Cedar Creek Falls Trail is a 5.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Ramona, CA that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

5.2 miles 935 feet Out & Back
dogs on leash kid friendly birding camping hiking nature trips trail running walking river views waterfall wild flowers
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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.

Faby J.
12 minutes ago

Great hike, is in between easy and moderate worth every step. Had gorgeous views...

Karlie Thibodeaux
20 hours ago

6 Completed6 Reviews

The hike to the falls was all downhill. Beautiful views on the way down. Once we got there there was too many people just sitting on the rocks and eating. Blocking the way to get in the water. Not a single person was in it. And the waterfall was barely trickling. It was pretty but not as beautiful as the pictures online. I took my Boston Terrier and he did great the whole way. It was overcast and about 70, I wouldn't take him if it was any warmer. Not much shade. Overall the hike was okay. Not as wonderful as I anticipated.

Terry Gomez
1 day ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

great hike beautiful view!

Doan Chang
2 days ago

2 Completed1 Reviews

Need to purchase your permit online because they do have Rangers at the entrance to check it. It's 2.8 miles to the water falls, Not too difficult at all.

Sammy Bruno
8 days ago

2 Completed2 Reviews

Adriana Caresse
11 days ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

It was beautiful. Go early because the heat can get to you. Bring plenty of water.

David Worcester
12 days ago

42 Completed40 Reviews

Fun to do in the spring.

Chellie Lab
15 days ago

7 Completed1 Reviews

Good hike with moderate difficulty. The hike to the waterfall is downhill and uphill coming back.

Jesse Clay
15 days ago

3 Completed3 Reviews

Nicky Villarreal
15 days ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Amazing best weather! Not as hard as I thought. Super easy!! Not much of waterfall but still beautiful. Love will go back!!! SOON

Evelyn Sanchez
18 days ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

RESERVE YOUR DAY!! Lots of people get turned away on the weekend. It was a nice hike during the spring. It was an easy trail but I went spring of 2016 which is still during the draught so there was a trickle where the waterfall should be. The water was cold and it wasn't hot enough to get me to swim the whole time. Not the most toddler-small-child friendly walk but doable if you have an active outdoors type kid. Bring lots of water or you will get a scolding from the parks employees.

darcie babyak
21 days ago

9 Completed7 Reviews

Erik Andres
26 days ago

6 Completed2 Reviews

Apparently Google and MAPS don't agree on where the trailhead is. I started at Eagle ridge and came down. Everyone else used the place this app takes you.

Abdul Aziz Abdurrab
1 month ago

8 Completed4 Reviews

An awesome hike during Spring season, when the waterfall is full of water. Lots of greenery and wildflowers too. Downhill all the way to the foot of the waterfall and then uphill all the way back. it can get pretty hot later during the day, so recommend doing this early in the morning and carrying lots of water. A permit is required to get to the waterfall and you can buy one online. It costs $6 and up to 5 people can hike the trail using that one permit. Carry valid ID on the hike (don't leave it in your vehicle), there may be rangers checking IDs when you get closer to the waterfall. Well-maintained trail. Almost no shade, so carry hat and sunscreen too. Parking is decent, there's a parking lot and some street side parking available. The trailhead (one of them) is in Ramona. Very enjoyable hike, highly recommend.

Ashley Cates
1 month ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Vivianne L.
1 month ago

Must have: Permit, ID's, Water and Sunscreen. Permits are checked at the head of the trail and (usually) at the falls.
Recommended is 1 gallon per person. I know it sounds like a lot but even if you don't drink a whole gallon you could save another hikers life. It gets hot and the ground temperature is hotter. There is no shade until you reach the falls. I wouldn't recommend it for children or dogs but it's possible. The hike back to your vehicle is all up hill.
*Swimming IS allowed
*Alcohol possession and use in the area including the falls is prohibited
*The cliffs surrounding the falls are closed to jumping and diving
*Campfires are prohibited throughout this area.

**** Link is where you can buy permit. Search Cedar Creek Falls ****
Recreation.gov

Gisela Remsen
1 month ago

7 Completed5 Reviews

Going down is great, but coming back is a bit of a challenge, but it is manageable. If possible, start early morning. Bring plenty of water and/or Gatorade and bring your permit and ID. They are checking before you can go on.

Diana L.
1 month ago

It was awesome because we hiked up to return entrance from waterfall Rain soaked us I felt so fresh breathe and cool! Best shower rain soaked because more flow waterfall but careful for slippery from rocks

Philip Yoho
1 month ago

24 Completed35 Reviews

What a treat! This hike was unique because the first half of the hike is all down hill to the falls. Which means you must go up to get back to your car. It is about 5.7 miles out and back. I took a side trail to add 1.3 miles giving me about 7 miles for the hike. The water fall didnt disappoint and the views of the socal landscape were awesome. Some important things to note. You must obtain a permit to hike this trail. It is 6 dollars. I recommend getting it in advance. They only allow 75 permits per day. I bought mine on Tuesday and I was number 36. There were no permits available the day of my hike. I got to the trail head at about 0645. There were only two parking spaces left. However there is free parking on the street. There are park rangers at the trailhead and you must sign in and out. This is not a strenuous hike. It is more moderate. I'd rank it's difficultly level at about a 5. I will certainly do this again but I will make it a ten miler by going up to the Eagle Peak/Saddleback Trail prior to going to the falls.

Kevin Parker
1 month ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Great hike. Did it this morning and the water is still flowing. Water is a little cold but take the plunge.