Cedar Creek Falls, April 2019

Black & white photo of Cedar Creek Falls, San Diego River Gorge, California

Ever since I hiked to Cedar Creek Falls on a weekday morning with my friend Joe in 2015 and we completely beat the crowds (see A Piece of Eden from March 2015), it has become a bit of a personal challenge or perhaps “tradition” to try and repeat this experience – which is a bit of a reversal of my earlier take on this location. :-)

In 2016 I hiked it with my friend Fred. In 2017 I skipped it because of the extraordinary flow of both Cedar Creek and the San Diego River. The trail was officially closed during the best time of year to hike it – a ranger even wanted to shoo us away when we only wanted to hike down a little bit from Saddleback, to see Mildred Falls. In 2018 I hiked to the falls with my friend Peter and this year, I went with my hiking buddy Hans.

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West Side Road (Infrared)

Engelmann Oak and the West Side Road trail, with Cuyamaca Peak in the distance. Near Ramona, California, January 2017.

West Side “Road” is a hiking trail on Cleveland National Forest land that starts at the very end of the San Diego Country Estates area near Ramona. It’s very close to the super-popular Cedar Creek Falls trailhead – and receives very little attention.

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Cedar Creek Falls, March 2016

Between Darkness and Light -- San Diego River Gorge, Ramona, California

And once again I contradicted myself, hiking to Cedar Creek Falls again. But well, after finding out last year that all one has to do to be able to enjoy this beautiful place in solitude is to be out there early enough in the morning on a weekday, I was of course curious how it would look this year.

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