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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San Diego County Waterfalls

Massive flow at Cedar Creek Falls after a very wet winter; San Diego River Gorge, California; March 2011.


We’re having a wet winter in San Diego County, with precipitation well above normal already in February, so it’s going to be a good spring to hike and see waterfalls actually flowing. A lot of people asked me about information on the various waterfalls over the years, and almost every time I’m hiking and chatting with people, they seem to have some names and locations wrong. Since I do have quite some photos from over the years, and know these places well by now, I compiled this article as an online starting point for your own explorations.

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