Fry-Koegel Trail

The Fry-Koegel Trail winds through a grove of Coast Live Oaks on the north-east facing side of Mount Woodson; February 2022.

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.

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Cedar Creek Falls, March 2022

The waterfall of Cedar Creek in San Diego's back country near Ramona is a tributary to the San Diego River, and a very popular hiking destination on Cleveland National Forest Land. Here it is flowing after winter and spring rain, late in March 2022.

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.

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Cedar Creek Falls, April 2019

Cedar Creek Falls, San Diego River Gorge, California. April 2019.

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. :-)

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