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Cedar Creek Falls

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This past weekend I was able to take a last second trip to Cedar Creek Falls which local San Diegans also know as Devil’s Punch Bowl.

This was the hike I’ve been wanting to go on for the past year or so but just haven’t had the time to do it. My friend Melch sent me a text the day before and asked if I was down and of course I could not pass up the opportunity to go on this hike. We went from the Julian side which was a lot further drive than I liked. The small dirt road going around the mountain got a little boring after a while but take it to the very end and you’ll be at the trail head. I’ll be starting out at the Ramona side the next time I visit.

We went towards the afternoon/evening so most of the people were leaving as we were heading down the mountain. There are so many families and couples hiking that you shouldn’t get lost trying to find the waterfall. The only confusing part would be when you read the bottom and there are five different directions you can walk. If you come down the Julian side, take the trail immediately on your left to get to the waterfall. If you come down the Ramona side, go straight and you’ll be on the right path.

This last stretch of the hike is pretty fun as well. You have to cross over the stream three times which requires you to either take your shoes off or just plan to get them wet. I would actually suggest hiking sandals on the trip down and pack a pair of hiking boots for the trip up. The hike down is fairly easy which I think most people should be okay in strap on sandals (not flip flops!) and on your way back, you could just switch to hiking boots after you pass the streams.

The waterfall was amazing. It was unfortunate that a few people had to leave early so I couldn’t take a dive but the falls were raging from the recent rain we had here in CA. I can’t wait to go back and spend an entire day there just lounging and having a good time.

Here are some pictures:

The waterfall you see coming down the Julian side is not the place you’re trying to hike to if you want to go to Devil’s Punch Bowl. But it sure looks amazing.

Looking into the valley coming down the Julian side.

The return trip is the hard part of the hike. After expending a lot of energy at the waterfall and thinking the trip down was cake, make sure you drink lots and lots of water well before your trip up. By the time you feel exhausted and dehydrated on a hike, it’s too late…so make sure to stay hydrated little by little throughout the trip.

We were fortunate enough to be hiking on a cloudy day. I think a couple girls in our group were feeling dehydrated and exhausted by the time we got back…and I think they would have been done if it was a hot, sunny day.

Anyway, the views out there are amazing and it doesn’t matter how good of a camera you have…you simply just can’t capture the beauty of nature these mountains offer. So make sure you plan a trip out there yourself…and then on the way back you can stop by Julian and grab some apple pies!

Until next time, Cheers…

Update: How to get there from the Julian side…

So you’re driving to Julian on the 78 or 79 or whatever. About a minute or two out from Julian you’ll see a sign that reads “William Heist County Park” and take the right after the sign onto the street called Pine Hills Road. Drive about one mile and the road will fork slightly… if you go left you stay on Pine Hills Road and if you go right you will be on Eagle Peak Road. You want to take the right and head towards some Girl Scouts Camp. This road will turn into a dirt road at some places and at the end of it you’ll be at the trail head. Eagle Peak Rd is also shown as Forest Route 13S06 on google maps and you’ll be on this road for about fifteen minutes.

Here’s a map of the area. I’ve included the Ramona side on the left side of the screenshot. You can park in a neighborhood in that area and walk down to the falls which would save you about an hour each way driving instead of going through Julian. The hike is also slightly shorter.

And here’s the trail you take from the Julian side. Check out my mad MS Paint skills yo.

You can click the maps for an enlarged picture.

Written by jonewantsm3

March 30, 2011 at 1:00 am

Posted in Adventures

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  1. This looks beautiful! I want to go sometime!


    March 30, 2011 at 9:05 am

  2. Too bad you didn’t stay to go on the rope swing :\


    March 30, 2011 at 1:21 pm

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