Hike to Cedar Creek Falls

Cedar Creek Falls Trailhead - Search Nearby - 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.

Distance

4.2 Miles RT

Type

Out-and-Back

Activities

Photography, Swimming, Hiking

Easy Parking
Food Nearby
Scenic
Cliff Jumping
Swimming Hole

Nearby Lodging

San Diego Metro KOA

Chula Vista, California

From $60/night

Outsite // San Diego

Encinitas, California

Temecula / Vail Lake KOA

Temecula, California

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Easy hike in, tough one out if you’re not used to heat

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!

Worth the Hike Back

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!

Permit Required

Worth the effort, but proof of permit required.

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