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SAN DIEGO — Waterfalls have a gift of offering soothing sounds and sights for outdoor adventurers.

The natural flow of water is a sign of hope to those who are lost and looking for a drink or hikers wanting to be in a state of relaxation.

If you can’t make it to places like Yosemite National Park, here are some waterfalls to check out locally in San Diego County:

  • Los Peñasquitos Falls: Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve, which is 7 miles roundtrip, features a waterfall cascading through volcanic rock at the west end of the preserve where the paths meet, according to the City of San Diego.
  • Oak Canyon: Following heavy rainfall, two running waterfalls can be seen on the moderate 3.3-mile roundtrip Mission Trails Regional Park trail, per
  • Horsethief Canyon: Only a 1.6-mile roundtrip route, the trail guides you to a large pool and small waterfalls in eastern San Diego County’s Cleveland National Forest, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said.
  • Cedar Creek Falls: Located in Ramona, the San Diego River Gorge Trail leads to Cedar Creek Falls, which plunges 80 feet into a large pool of water, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It is 6.6 miles roundtrip, and requires a permit that is $10.
  • Cottonwood Creek Falls: The 1.6-mile roundtrip trail near Pine Valley contains a seasonal waterfall tucked into a hidden grotto, according to Hikers must purchase a $5 adventure pass for access. They can be purchased at a retail shop, nearby ranger station or through the Cleveland National Forest website.

All waterfalls are dependent on the recent rainfall.

Park rangers warn about hiking in summer months when the temperatures can reach triple digits. Most rescues occur due to dehydration and heat exhaustion.