On this episode of Ramona Revealed we will be touring another beautiful hike!
Cedar Creek Falls, known by locals as Devil’s Punch Bowl is a 6 mile round trip hike that leads to a waterfall. The views along the way are stunning. At a good pace, you can get down to the waterfall in an hour.
As you hike, you are led through the backcountry hills of eastern San Diego lined with black oak, cedar, and cottonwood trees. The trees make a great habitat for all types of birds so keep an eye out!
To enjoy the beautiful views, you do have to have a hiking permit and they are pretty strict about monitoring the path. To obtain a permit, you simply visit the recreation.gov site and select the date you would like to hike. You do have to create an account but all days in August currently have availability so you shouldn’t have a problem accessing the trail. You can visit the Cedar Creek Falls website for more information about permitting.
I definitely recommend getting an early start, before six o’clock if possible! It can get very hot at midday and remains that way in the afternoon. I also recommend bringing lots of water and some sunscreen.
If you are a beginner, you may want to build up to this hike or wait to try it until the fall. The trail back is fairly steep and can get very hot in the summer months. If you do wait to visit Cedar Creek Falls until the cooler months, you may be rewarded with a more powerful waterfall as rainfall accumulates.
While this hike is definitely tough, you will get to enjoy some of the best nature has to offer right here in Ramona.