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Welcome to this RTA "miniblog," of sorts. Here we can communicate more detailed information about important issues for our members and have it available in a more timely manner than once-a-month newsletters or e-announcements allow. If there are any topics you would like to share, please send us an e-mail with your suggestions to president@ramonatrails.org .

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Cedar Creek Falls to open spring 2013 under new rules



Cedar Creek Falls to open spring 2013 under new rules

posted Jan 6, 2013, 12:07 PM by OPEN webmaster   [ updated Jan 11, 2013, 2:14 PM ]

Cedar Creek Falls
20 Dec 2012

Cedar Creek Falls: No jumping, no booze

Jumping off the cliffs at Cedar Creek Falls and alcohol use in the area will be prohibited under new rules when the trail from the Ramona side reopens in April 2013. Users will also be required to pay for daily visitor passes. [Read the full article....]

Directions to Cedar Creek Falls - Julian access

posted Jun 1, 2012, 4:45 PM by Don Wendt   [ updated Jan 6, 2013, 12:53 PM by OPEN webmaster ]

Cedar Creek Falls
Directions to Cedar Creek Falls from the Eagle Peak Road/Saddleback Trailhead

From Santa Ysabel, take Highway 78 east towards Julian, to Pine Hills Road (from this turn it is 20+ minutes to the Preserve). Turn right onto Eagle Peak Road. After a short distance, Eagle Peak Road becomes a County maintained dirt road. It is generally in really good condition. Wet weather can make the road a bit slippery in a couple of spots so please drive carefully. The drive provides incredible views. Approximately 1/2 mile before the end of the road at the Saddleback Trailhead, you will come to the Preserve. A Preserve Sign is located at the first entrance. We have 3 entries. Parking is available at the 2nd and third entrance (all are on the left side of the road).

The Preserve is raw land without improvements, except for a parking area and a small shade ramada with a picnic table. The Preserve gates are open for special events only. No hunting is allowed on the property.

If visiting the preserve, please check the weather. If it is a warm day, we encourage you to visit in the morning before it warms up. The elevation is about 2800 feet, so it can get warm during the summer and fall months. Many visitors to the preserve also enjoy the hike to Cedar Creek Falls. It is a 4.4 mile round-trip moderate hike with about 800 feet in elevation change. Visitors also enjoy views of Mildred Falls. This is a seasonal 300 foot waterfall.

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  Thornbush Road, will remain closed.

A decision 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).

For those using the east entrance please be aware of the following:

  • The “difficult” 7 mile roundtrip trail is recommended for advanced hikers only!
  • Parking is limited, and vehicles blocking road access will be towed at owner’s expense.
  • Alcohol possession and use in the area, including the falls, is prohibited.
  • The cliffs surrounding the falls are closed to jumping and diving (swimming is allowed).
  • Visitors are not required to have a permit at this time.
  • Law enforcement agencies will be on site to enforce these rules.

Cedar Creek permit proposal up for public review

posted May 8, 2012, 1:50 PM by OPEN webmaster

Cedar Creek Falls
27 April 2012

Cedar Creek Permit Proposal up for Public Review


The Forest Service has proposed a permit system for hikers going to Cedar Creek Falls. The public has until 29 May 2012 to offer comments as part of the permit review process. [Read full article...]







17 April 2012

Hi all,

We have completed the Draft EA [environmental assessment] for the Cedar Creek Falls project.... Please see the attached PDF document for the Cedar Creek Falls Visitor Permit EA “Notice of Comment Period” letter.

Thank you,
Bjorn Fredrickson
Recreation and Lands Officer
Palomar Ranger District, Cleveland National Forest
760-788-0250 x3327 | 619-717-1923 (cell)

Partial Opening of Cedar Creek Falls and Access Trails

posted Mar 31, 2012, 7:16 PM by Don Wendt   [ updated Apr 2, 2012, 12:10 AM by OPEN webmaster ]

News Release

CNF logo

March 29, 2012

Partial Opening of Cedar Creek Falls and Access Trails 

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 closed.

A decision 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).

 For those using the east entrance please be aware of the following:

·         The “difficult” 7 mile roundtrip trail is recommended for advanced hikers only!

·         Parking is limited, and vehicles blocking road access will be towed at owner’s expense.

·         Alcohol possession and use in the area including the falls is prohibited.

·         The cliffs surrounding the falls are closed to jumping and diving (swimming is allowed).

·         Visitors are not required to have a permit at this time.

·         Law enforcement agencies will be on site to enforce these rules.

“We’re 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.”

The 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.

Hike to Cedar Creek Falls

Ramona Grasslands Preserve

posted Oct 15, 2009, 8:02 AM by OPEN webmaster   [ updated Mar 23, 2012, 1:49 PM ]

Ramona Grasslands Preserve sign
Located on Highland Valley Road in Ramona, the Ramona Grasslands Preserve is one of many beautiful San Diego County Parks.

I just wanted to share some photos from this popular riding spot in Ramona. The park opened up in 2011 and gets a lot of use all week long. Open to hikers, cyclists, and horseback riders, it is a smaller park with only a few miles of trails; but it's great for a quick ride or hike. Because it's smaller, we don't see as much user traffic.

From time to time, you will also see cows, as it is an open range area for them. So, don't be surprised if they want to share the trail with you.

Enjoy the pictures!


2011-07-04: Ramona Grasslands


A new way to communicate

posted Oct 15, 2009, 7:59 AM by OPEN webmaster   [ updated Mar 23, 2012, 1:49 PM ]

RTA logo
Welcome to the new RTA blog. Here we can write more detailed information about important issues for our members and distribute it to our membership.

This will allow us the ability to communicate via our web-site, Facebook page, newsletter, email and now our Blog. Having the Blog will allow us to get pictures and info out in between our meetings and newsletters and allow for members to comment on individual posts.

With our Facebook wall we are a little limited in the amount of text visible. Now we can put a link to the blog on our Facebook wall and that will expand what we are able to communicate. The link can also be mailed out to our membership list if it is a communication for members only.

Just another effort to increase our communications with our members. If there are any blog topic you think would be great to share, please send us an email with your suggestions to president@ramonatrails.org .

Hope to see you on the trails soon!

CG

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