Recreation

Recreational Opportunities

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

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Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
Blue Jay Campground Open to Visitor
Cedar Creek Falls Open to Visitor With the onset of El Nino rain, the falls at the bottom are now running again. Please bring enough water as the pool does not provide a potable source of drinking water
El Cariso Campground Open to Visitor
Upper San Juan Campground Closed to Visitor
Wildomar Campground Open to Visitor
Wildomar OHV Area Open to Visitor

Spotlights

Cedar Creek Falls

Cedar Creek Falls

Trail Views

Elevation Gain

600

Distance

6.6 miles round trip

Pets Allowed

Yes - with proper supplies

Fees

$6 per permit/up to 5 people; purchase at www.recreation.gov

Hike Time

Up to 6 hours

Difficulty

Moderate; Not recommended for beginners

Best Seasons

Spring and Fall; During the cooler months

Location

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