Cedar Creek Falls

Ramona, CA
Length: 5.40 mi.
Type: Out & Back

About This Trail

[Total: 1    Average: 5/5]

Cedar Creek Falls is a 5.4 mile moderate to hard out and back single track trail that starts in Ramona. The highlight of this trail is the massive waterfall at the turn around point, so I recommend visiting in the spring after heavy rainfall for the best views of both the waterfall and the wildflowers. There are a few creek crossings that can be up to knee deep depending on water flow, so just be aware of that and bring extra shoes/socks/towels as needed. Like most waterfall hikes in San Diego, the first half of the hike is downhill and then the steep hike uphill is on your way home, so make sure you save plenty of water and it isn’t too hot for the hike back up to your car. There are bathrooms and tables at the trailhead.

*Please note that you need a permit to hike this trail, which you can find out more about and reserve at There is a ranger who sits at the trailhead and will not let you pass without a permit.

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Trail Features

Seasons Fall, Spring, and Winter
Surface type Dirt
Elevation gain 1,040 ft.
Stroller friendly No
ADA accessible No
Water fountains No
Bathrooms Yes
Cell reception Spotty
Pet friendly No
Nearby convenience store No
Camping Nearby No
Emergency support
within 5 miles

Trail highlights

Creek / River, Natural Play Area, Waterfall, and Wildlife Viewing

Gorgeous waterfall and wildflowers in the spring.

Fee & Parking Details

Fee : $0.00

Park along Thornbush Rd. near the small parking lot, water tower, and trailhead.

Trail Contributor

[Total: 1    Average: 5/5]

Hike it Baby member since spring 2016. Current HiB Asheville NC Branch Ambassador. Past HiB San Diego CA and Orange County CA Branch Ambassador, and past National Team volunteer for Community Values, HiB30 Challenge Prizes, Mentor, and Ambassador Continued Education teams.