Hike: 5.2 miles out and back Level: Strenuous/challenging
Dog-Friendly: Yes, but only in cool weather Kid-Friendly: No
The hike to Cedar Creek Falls can lay anywhere between a moderate, enjoyable hike to a downright deadly, strenuous hike and it all comes down to the temperatures and time of year that you go. This is very much a cool weather/winter adventure. Due to the trail leading you into a valley with no shade and no airflow, trapped heat causes very stressful situations.
Absolutely do not consider bringing your dog in hot weather as there have been a ton of canine deaths here as well. In winter, so long as your pup is in good shape, there should be no problem. I brought my little poodle and she had a blast.
With that said, this is fun hike in Ramona that will lead you to an 80 ft. waterfall and beautiful watering hole. Make sure to pack in every bit of trash you pack out. This area is known for being disrespected with littering.
Visitors must have proof of permit in their possession while in the visitor permit area. All visitors must be listed on the visitor use permit and must carry government issued photo identification (except dependent minors whose parents are present).
ALL CLIFF AREAS AROUND THE FALLS ARE CLOSED (No climbing, jumping, or diving anywhere along the cliffs adjacent to or near the falls).
No alcohol is allowed in the Cedar Creek Falls area, including at the trailheads and along the trails.
Campfires are prohibited throughout this area.
It strongly recommended that visitors bring a printed copy of the permit for their visit. Failure to provide proof of permit while in permit area will result in a citation. USDA Forest Service is not responsible for failure of mobile devices and there is no cell signal at or near the falls area.
Cedar Creek Falls may be subject to closure due to hazardous weather environment. Summer temperatures in this area frequently exceed 115 degrees Fahrenheit. Bring a minimum of one gallon of water per person to avoid dehydration and heat-related illness.
So here is our adventure below! You will be making a good decent into the valley. Remember, as far as you decline, you must climb back up!
There will be some creek crossing:
And we made it! Look at my friend on the left for size reference:
After hanging out for around 45 minutes we made the climb back up. This was not nearly as bad as I thought it would be after reading so many horror stories. Temperature is everything!