San Diego River Gorge (9 photos)

A visit to upper San Diego River Gorge – I hiked in from the “old” Saddleback trailhead, which is closer to Julian. And while my intention was to maybe visit Cedar Creek Falls, the number of cars at the trailhead (seven – on a Monday afternoon no less) quickly convinced me that the hope to find solitude there on a weekday was futile. I didn’t feel like seeing people. I just wanted to be out by myself in nature for a couple of hours.

So instead of going to the falls, I used an older trail to get up to the saddle that divides the San Diego River Gorge from the little valley of Cedar Creek, above the falls. Through the open sagebrush, it was easy to get to the highest point of a knoll, and I just sat there and enjoyed the views, peace and quiet for a while, before slowly making my way back to the old Eagle Peak Road (nowadays a partly overgrown, single track hiking trail) and up towards Saddleback, with a brief stop atop Mildred Falls, for sunset.

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