Explore Chambers Hidden Dam and Waterfall

San Diego Chambers Dam Parking

  • Activities:

    Chillin, Photography, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Intermediate

  • Season:

    Year Round

  • Trail Type:

    Out-and-Back

  • RT Distance:

    0.5 Miles

River
Scenic
Waterfall

A forgotten dam and waterfall in a very public area. It's amazing how something so unique can be tucked away so well. A VERY short walk from where you park your car, check out this cool urban abandoned dam. 

Once you get off on Poway road, turn right onto Sabre Springs Parkway. Take your immediate left onto Creekbridge Road and park right there on the hill. Walk straight down towards the black gate and go down the hill. Turn right on the trail and walk down 1/4 mile to the dam, and another 500 yards to the waterfall! You will see a tiny break off to the left that leads to the dam. Hop up on the wall and check out the scenery. Hang out, or walk to the other side for some fishing. Continue down past the double tubes onto the trail, and you will see a awesome hidden waterfall! Climb up the left side of the waterfall to get up to it.

This area is great for pictures! If you have a DSLR, try to shoot at 1/4- 1/6 of a second to freeze the waterfall, it looks pretty cool! Continue up to the top and your back on the bike trail, and a short walk back to your car. 

Pack List

  • Water
  • Hiking shoes
  • Bug spray
  • Camera
  • Hat/Visor
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If you're looking for a very easy but really fun trail definitely consider trying this out!! It's more for exploring rather than hiking!!

6 months ago
6 months ago

A very easy hike to do, leads you to a waterfall/sewage cutter, it is certainly not the MOST entertaining/stunning hike but alright if you're just trying to kill time. If you go I recommend waiting till after a rainfall (though rare in San Diego).

9 months ago
9 months ago

Easy hike but had a little trouble finding the water fall. It seems like the plants have grown in a little more than when you went. So it is pretty hard to get to the bottom of the water fall. But if you take a right while on the bigger trail, and walk up against the wall that separates the road from the hill, you can see the top of the water fall. Just keep following the wall going southwest and will be able to see the top of the water fall

10 months ago
10 months ago

This trail leads you to sewage.

12 months ago
12 months ago

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