Recreational Opportunities

Trail to Loveland Reservoir.On the following pages, you'll find links to information about things to see and do, places to go and general information you may need when visiting our forest.

We hope that you will visit soon and visit often. Please be sure to check out some recommended trails by visiting the link below.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Recreation Conditions Report


Cedar Creek Falls

Cedar Creek Falls

Trail Views

Elevation Gain



6.6 miles round trip

Pets Allowed

Yes - with proper supplies


$10 per permit/up to 5 people; purchase at

Hike Time

Up to 6 hours


Moderate; Not recommended for beginners

Best Seasons

Spring and Fall; During the cooler months


Ramona, CA

Ranger District

Palomar Ranger District - (760) 788-0250

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. 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

This San Diego landmark location offers much in the way of beautiful scenery, great exercise and a natural watering hole. However, this is not a trail recommended for beginners as it can prove extremely difficult, especially during summer months, with a roundtrip journey that can last up to 6 hours. Those who do not bring enough water and supplies often succumb to heat related illness. It is important to assess physical condition before beginning this or any hike. Please take the time to read our Know Before you Go article for important tips and information. Or for a quick overview, check out our Cedar Creek Infographic.

For a list of more trails to explore in your area, please see our Recreation Trail Guide