Partial Opening of Cedar Creek Falls and
San Diego, CA. Effective Sunday, April 1, 2012, the
Cleveland National Forest is opening the east access to Cedar Creek Falls
located near Julian, CA off of the Eagle Peak Road. The west access to Cedar Creek Falls and
surrounding area, located in Ramona, CA off of the Thornbush Road, will remain
by the Cleveland National Forest allows for public access to Cedar Creek Falls
only from the east entrance located off the Eagle Peak County Road in Pine
Hills (near Julian).
those using the east entrance please be aware of the following:
The “difficult” 7 mile roundtrip trail is recommended for advanced
is limited, and vehicles blocking road access will be towed at owner’s expense.
possession and use in the area including the falls is prohibited.
cliffs surrounding the falls are closed to jumping and diving (swimming is
are not required to have a permit at this time.
enforcement agencies will be on site to enforce these rules.
opening access to the falls from the east side as many hikers are very
interested in regaining access to the area,” said Joan Friedlander, District
Ranger for the Palomar Ranger District, Cleveland National Forest. “We feel we can currently grant access from
the east side in a manageable manner that provides for safety to the public,
and allows forest visitors to enjoy this part of the Forest. We are continuing to work on a Mangement plan
that will allow access from all Forest Service trails.”
Forest Service closed the falls and access to the falls on July 9, 2011 in
order to provide time to design and implement a management plan that addresses
issues of overcrowding, damaging impacts to natural resources and public
safety. The Forest Service is studying
potential solutions with partner agencies, and intends to make a decision on
re-opening full access in summer, 2012.
Please note the Westside Truck Trail and Gower
Truck Trail (13S10) that originate at or near the Thornbush Trailhead remain
open for access to Gower. These
trails/roads do not lead to Cedar Creek Falls and have not been closed.