Hike to Cedar Creek Falls

San Diego Cedar Creek Falls Trailhead

Added by Ryan Cline

Hike to an amazing waterfall and swimming hole (the waterfall can be a little dry during warmer months). Be prepared for a good workout to get there and back.

The trail starts out at a hill in a residential area and ends in an unexpected spot where there is a beautiful waterfall complete with 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.

Pack List

  • Hiking shoes
  • Hiking clothes
  • Day-pack
  • Water (extra if going in the summer)
  • Snacks/ food
  • Swimsuit
  • Camera
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Hiking, Photography, Swimming

Skill Level:



Year Round

Trail Type:



4.2 Miles



Cliff Jumping
Easy Parking
Food Nearby
Swimming Hole

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How to Get There

7 months ago

Permit Required

Worth the effort, but proof of permit required.

7 months ago

about 1 year ago

An Oasis

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

about 1 year ago

Added by Ryan Cline

Instead of dropping out of school i graduated early at 16 years old and i spend my time traveling when possible trying to help others do the same these are my adventures and my life...

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