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Cedar Creek Falls

 4.4 (7)

4.6 Miles 7.4 Kilometers


83%

Runnable

1,064' 324 m

Ascent

-1,064' -324 m

Descent

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

47%

Max Grade (25°)

1,957' 596 m

High

934' 285 m

Low

Shared By Matthew Kidd

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This is San Diego’s most famous waterfall run.

Matthew Kidd

Dogs Unknown

Features Swimming · Views · Waterfall

Overview

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.

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.

Runner Notes

Beware of heat exhaustion in the summer!

Description

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.

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Feb 24, 2018
Katie Rumsey
Downhill, cross dry San Diego River, straight at junction, cross Cedar Creek twice, falls moderate. Sprinkled rain. 5.6mi

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  4.4 from 7 votes

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