Saturday, April 02, 2011

Cedar Creek Falls @ San Diego River Gorge Trail

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Cedar Creek Falls, San Diego River Canyon

Trailhead: 15531 Thornbush Road Ramona, CA 92065
The Hike: to the swimming hole- about 5 miles round trip, 1200 ft change in elevation. To the top of the falls- about 6 miles round trip, total of 1400 ft change in elevation.

can you see hubby here? he's camouflaged with the greens :)
Though the trail starts at San Diego Country Estates, but once you start rounding the first hill, any trace of civilization is gone and your eyes will wander on hills after hills, mountains and valleys, and on spring time, wildflowers and blooming yuccas add more inspiration to the hike.
phacelias and lone invasive yellow mustard on the trail

yucca

a datura wildflower and Cedar Creek Falls

phacelia and Cedar Creek Fall

There are three streams crossings to get to the waterfall, 2 weeks ago, the deepest water level we had to cross was about knee deep. The water was cold, but it was fun crossing the streams, cooling us down after an exposed hike. Unlike last year where there were a lot of young kids diving into the swimming hole of the waterfall,

3 weekends ago we did not see eager young kids diving into the water, I guess it was still too cold, and with more snow dumping into the Laguna and Cuyamaca Mountains this weekend, the water would be probably colder this weekend. However, we saw several hikers setting up their camping gear and camping tents close to the stream and having their little bar-b-q by their camping stove. Seeing them makes me want to go camping, and watch the stars at night. We plan to go back sometime April, hopefully there will be more wildflowers lining the trail and carpeting the hills, and the water warmer for a dip.

It's always a joy to be OUT. 

"Everything is walking distance if you have the energy, the time, the health, and the will power."

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27 comments:

  1. Hi Bets, I love the slow shutter shot of the waterfalls. I echo that it is a joy to be OUT! This spring time, there are lots of opportunities to go a little hiking and wildflower hunting. The heavy rains this past weekend kept me home for two days.

    I will let you know when we will be going to the the Flower Fields in April.

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  2. Yucca looks so damn gorgeous. :)

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  3. Simply beautiful flowers and water fall! The water at our creek is cold too; springtime seems to be coming later in many areas this year. :)

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  4. Cedar Creek Falls is gorgeous! What beautiful photos.

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  5. San Diego is such a beautiful place for you to explore, Betchai. Gorgeous photos of nature!

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  6. I love waterfall photos....you should go to the Philippines and rediscover nature in our homeland----esp. the waterfalls in the south (Mindanao).

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  7. This is one of the many reasons why I love spring.

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  8. Wildflowers are in bloom, it must be Spring! The waterfall is beautiful despite being cold.

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  9. Oh this is just such a wonderful adventure, and your photos show the joy of it!

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  10. I hope you ripped that evasive out after you took its pic!

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  11. aaahhhhh everything here is so joyful! the falls and the wild flowers, the yucca....the sky...i would definitely love to have the chance to visit someday...and yah "everything is walking distance for someone like you who knows what is truly beautiful"...love yah Betch!

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  12. Wow...this is really wonderful!

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  13. everything is so beautiful. i too would love to go for a walk n i hope i can do it soon :)

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  14. Tomorrow, Saturday, we will be observing EARTH HOUR. Show your support here.

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  15. Beautiful waterfalls. I think waterfalls are some of my favorite natural features.

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  16. have i told you before you live in a paradise on earth? oh yah, i think many times already! ;)
    ~che

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  17. Miss Beth, the first picture is so gorgeous!!!

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  18. My sister lives in SB. I would like to somehow migrate to southern CA, SJ is too cold for me!

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  19. That is a beautiful waterfall. It sounds like a wonderful hike.

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  20. OMG what a stunning place to go camping. We didn't have campsites like that where I grew up, LOL! They are very brave jumping into the gorge like that. Makes my safety barometer go crazy, LOL!

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  21. The falls are beckoning....and if only I'm there , I'd also jump off to the water.

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  22. would it be good to go to in december whether it snows or not?could i in the gorge off trail?could i go off the trails, i would have a GPS so i would think i would be alrote? could i bring my survival knife with me?what should i pack in my backpack?

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  23. I love going to the river.There are tons in Nor Cal. I know everyone goes to the beach here.But I really want to go to a river that maybe wooded.Probably not going to happen in So Cal.But any river would do.Please help.

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  24. All the times I've been to SD, I never knew this place existed. Will have to find it next time I'm in the area.

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  25. I've hiked to Cedar Falls several times. The Julian route is not as steep, but you do have a dirt road leading to the trail.

    The Ramona route is much steeper, but there's a bathroom in the parking area.

    Check out this recent YouTube Video of Cedar Falls: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Or4pjgIZTTs

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THANK YOU SO MUCH!!