Cedar Creek Falls Permit Area

Cedar Creek Falls is a spectacular waterfall plunging 80 feet into a large pool of water. The trails to Cedar Creek Falls lead hikers through the beautiful backcountry hills of eastern San Diego. Black oak, cedar, and cottonwood trees provide habitat for bird watching. Water levels at the falls vary substantially throughout the year. The falls typically do not run during the summer months when the pool at the base of the falls is stagnant and filled with algae.

Visitor Permit

Visitors are required to have a permit at this time.  It may be purchased ahead of time at  http://www.recreation.gov/  

Access to Cedar Creek Falls

Entrance to the Cedar Creek Falls Permit Area may be accessed by the east access located near Julian, CA off of the Eagle Peak Road or by the west access located in Ramona, CA off of the Thornbush Road.

  • Parking is limited, and vehicles blocking road access will be towed at owner’s expense.
  • Alcohol possession and use in the area is prohibited.
  • The cliffs surrounding the falls are closed to jumping and diving.  Swimming is allowed.

The Forest Service is continuing to work with partner agencies and interested public groups to develop measures that provide for the safety of visitors and quality of resource base. The original closure was put into place on July 9, 2011, and ran through November 8, 2011. A new closure order was implemented that extended the closure through April 1, 2012.  On March 30, 2012, new Forest Orders were issued that allowed for the east access to be opened, while the west access remains closed; provided for the banning alcohol use at the falls; and banning jumping and diving from the cliffs that surround the falls.


Forest Orders and Maps 


Public Safety Videos

Questions and Answers PDF (53 kb)