The peak that used to be known* as Mount Woodson can be hiked from two sides: either from the west, starting at Lake Poway (or if you’re more ambitious, from the Blue Sky Ecological Reserve, which connects to Lake Poway), or from the east, off of Highway 67.
A couple of years ago, my introvert tendencies led to a certain disdain for the Cedar Creek Falls hike — solely due to its popularity with people of course, not because of the scenery. But after March 2015, when I hiked with my friend Joe on a weekday in the early morning and we had the place to ourselves, I switched it to a challenge: go there, and photograph it without people.
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. :-)
Every spring when I return to Cedar Creek Falls in San Diego’s back country I wonder: will it be worth it? And every time when I’m there, it is worth it – the lush green, the wildflowers, the waterfall… it’s a little slice of heaven for sure.