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Trail to Cedar Creek Falls reopens

RAMONA, Calif. — A trail to a popular backcountry waterfall reopened Friday after being closed for more than a year and a half, but hikers will have to follow a number of new rules.


Jumping and diving from the rocks around Cedar Creek Falls is no longer permitted.

The trail from Thornbush Road in San Diego Country Estates to the spectacular 80-foot waterfall and swimming hole was closed in July 2011 after 16-year-old Joseph Meram of El Cajon fell to his death at the waterfall. The falls, which are less than a mile from the confluence of Cedar Creek and the San Diego River, had become a popular summer destination attracting crowds of young people.

The U.S Forest Service reopened the trail under new rules designed to limit the crowds and prevent injuries. Visitors are now required to get a $6 permit before hiking to the falls. They can get permits at www.recreation.gov. Only 75 permits a day will be issued.

Other rules include:

  • No alcohol allowed,
  • No jumping or diving from the rocks surround the pool,
  • No motorized vehicles on the trail,
  • Cars blocking roadway or driveways near the trailhead will be towed at owner’s expense.

Swimming is allowed at the falls. Horses and bicycles are allowed on the trail from Thornbush Road.

Officials said Sheriff’s deputies and Forest Service rangers will strictly enforce the permit requirement and other new rules.

Sheriff’s officials said the trail to the falls is a 5.5-mile roundtrip with no shade. The trail back is mostly uphill. It can get very hot in summer, so hikers should wear appropriate clothing and footwear and bring plenty of water.

The eastern entrance to Cedar Creek Falls, off Eagle Peak Road near Julian, reopened last April.


8 Comments to “Trail to Cedar Creek Falls reopens”

    Michael said:
    April 5, 2013 at 2:26 PM

    Its hard to believe that because someone fell to their death is the reason they start charging a fee now. I guess the county wants to put a price on human life if they relate that to charging a fee. Give me a break.

    Guest said:
    April 5, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    Just another way for the government to regulate our lives…give me a break.

    SD Resident said:
    April 6, 2013 at 12:28 AM

    Weak sauce!

    Hill said:
    April 6, 2013 at 11:48 AM

    You are using parts of my video in your report without my consent. Please take this down immediately.

    Henry said:
    April 7, 2013 at 8:58 PM

    They can come get my 6 dollars right out of my hands as i jump from that 60 footer while drinking a beer!

    Jason said:
    April 7, 2013 at 9:00 PM

    Just because one stupid idiot killed himself doesnt mean that its not safe to jump! ill jump right in front of those pigs and dare them to catch me running back to the top to jump again!

    frank said:
    April 7, 2013 at 9:14 PM

    Shut it hill! you sound like a baby!

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