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 2015

Cedar Creek Falls in spring, in a side-arm of the San Diego River Gorge, Cleveland National Forest, California; March 2015.

The weather forecast looked really good for Wednesday, so Joe and I set out to hike Cedar Creek Falls in the morning. We were at the trailhead at 8am, it was mostly overcast, and the whole area was incredibly lush and green already – nature seems to be much further this year than in previous years. The mild winter certainly had an effect.

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