My dog and I love the hike and the falls (Cedar Creek Falls)

by Jim
(Ramona, CA)

June 10, 2011

June 10, 2011

Rocky (black lab mix) and I hike 3-6 miles per day in the Ramona area.

We hiked down the new trail to the falls from the Ramona side on Friday, June 10, 2011. We started about 4:30 p.m. bringing enough water for both of us (a hydration pack for me, a 24 oz. bottle for him).

It was an easy 2+ mile hike down to the falls, but it was hot enough that we stopped in a shady spot to give Rocky water about halfway down the trail. The last half mile required crossing the shallow creek a few times - me by walking across rocks in the water, while Rocky just walked through the water.

Rocky is a water dog and immediately went for a swim upon arrival at the falls about 5:30 p.m. At least 30 people were already there, some with their dogs. Rocky eventually introduced himself to everyone, finding another water dog to play with in and out of the water.

We started back up the trail about 6:30 p.m., and again stopped for a water break about halfway, arriving at the trailhead about 7:30 p.m.

Leaving the falls it is almost all uphill on the way back and maybe a bit hard on those not used to hiking or who aren't supplied with water. The upside: nice trail and beautiful natural falls and pool. The downside: the final 1.5 miles of the 2+ miles hike back is all uphill. Recommend: Wear a hat and bring water, and pack some water for your dog.

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Jun 27, 2011
New trail has Consequences
by: Ramona Native

I hiked down the "NEW" trail from the Ramona side June 26 2011. I loved the old trail and I will not rant about the new trail other than to state my observations.

All along the trail down to the falls was trash, water bottles, candy wrappers, and beer cans. At the half way point, I found a whole styrafoam ice cooler in a bush next to the trail.

Trash was present all along the trail, and when I got to the falls, I was sickened. I could not ignore the piles of trash, behind every rock, and even piled in the open spaces were glass beer bottles, beer cans, wine bottles, random articles of clothes, folding chairs, used diapers candy wrappers, chips bags, cigarette butts and cartons.

The water was flowing nicely and as long as you didn't look down. The place was beautiful. Yes, the new trail makes it easy for "Everyone" to get to the falls. I am very disappointed at the results.

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