“This is San Diego’s most famous waterfall run.”
— Matthew Kidd
Most of this run is on a forest service road that is closed to vehicular traffic. There is very little shade and temperatures can reach 115 Fahrenheit from May - November. These conditions are clearly indicated at the trailhead where runners are told to carry one gallon of water. Several runners have died on this trail from heat stroke. Keep in mind that your return is a climb and that you'll likely be leaving near the hottest part of the day.
Runners go for the waterfall – the run to and from the waterfall is stark.
Features: Swimming — Views — Waterfall
Need to Know
A permit is required
since 2014. Take plenty of water. Dogs are permitted but strongly discouraged because several die every year
from the heat.
Beware of heat exhaustion in the summer!
Starting at the trailhead, the trail descends gently along the fire road for roughly 2 miles before turning east and heading to the falls. From the falls, visitors can enjoy their towering height and, during wet years, sizable flow. After enjoying the falls, the trail heads north on singletrack, climbing steeply over the adjacent hill to a saddle. Descending from the saddle leaves you back on the main doubletrack road, and a right turn here puts you on the climb back to the car.