Outbound Collective logo

Cedar Creek Falls

Ramona, California

based on 4 reviews



5.52 miles

Elevation Gain

1024 ft

Route Type



Added by Ryan Cline

Cedar Creek Falls is an amazing waterfall and swimming hole (the waterfall can be a little dry during warmer months). Be prepared for a good workout along the hike to get there and back.

The trail to Cedar Falls starts out at a hill in a residential area and ends in an unexpected spot where there is a beautiful waterfall complete with a swimming hole. Surrounded by 75-foot-high cliffs, a magnificent waterfall splashes into a pool known as the Devil’s Punch Bowl. Hikers have been known to dive from the cliffs into the pool, but because of shallow waters and slippery rocks, it is highly dangerous. Additionally, hikers (or swimmers, depending on what you’re more excited for) should bring plenty of water, as this hike is not for those out of shape.

This trail is not very difficult on the way to the waterfall, but watch out because it is easy to fall when going downhill. This is the perfect hike to do on a warm spring day because everything is so green and the flowers are blooming. There is nothing more satisfying than working up a sweat and being able to jump into a pool of water. Not only is there a waterfall, but there are also high ledges and a rope swing that you can jump off of. Just keep in mind that even though the hike there is relatively easy, the way back is mostly uphill, so make sure that you have appropriate footwear.

Read More

Download the Outbound mobile app

Find adventures and camping on the go, share photos, use GPX tracks, and download maps for offline use.

Get the app
Download GPX File


Easy Parking
Food Nearby
Swimming Hole

Cedar Creek Falls Reviews

Did this awesome hike on July 2nd, we forgot about the permit until we got there but luckily were able to buy them on our phones. It’s like $6 i think. Very easy hike in, just down some pretty mellow switch backs and the falls/pool had a ton of water!! Awesome place to swim! Don’t take the water warnings as overkill though, the hike out in late afternoon was pretty brutal just because of the heat. If you’re used to hiking in the 90s temp range it’s not too bad but my buddy from the east coast was hurting a little. Hit the trail early and carry water and you’ll be fine!

This is a great trail if there is water flowing. Don't jump off the rocks into the water though as there have been a couple people this year who have gotten hurt and have had to have been airlifted out. I would also recommend to bring plenty of water along with you as this trail does not have very much shade and the walk to come back to your car is all up hill!

Worth the effort, but proof of permit required.

Not long but challenging...bring plenty of water and good shoes

Leave No Trace

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!


Three Sisters Falls

Explore the Sutherland Dam

Hike El Cajon Mountain

Hike the Oakoasis Open Space Preserve

Hiking in Santa Ysabel

Hike Stonewall Peak