Ramona access to Cedar Creek Falls reopens today

Friday, April 5—A popular Cleveland National Forest hiking trail that had been closed to the public since a teenager fell to his death from a cliff in the area two summers ago reopened today under tightened restrictions.

The western access point to Cedar Creek Falls is available by reservation, with 75 permits for individual visitors or groups of up to five people available each day, at a cost of $6 each, authorities said. The passes can be obtained online at recreation.gov, a federal parks website.

Those using the path, which begins off Thornbush Road in San Diego Country Estates in Ramona, will be subject to several regulations, including bans on drinking and cliff-diving into pools at the falls. Deputies and forest rangers will actively enforce the rules, according to sheriff’s officials.

The rugged 5.5-mile trail had been closed since July 9, 2011, three days after 16-year-old Joseph Meram of El Cajon slipped while walking on a footpath and plunged off an 80-foot-high precipice over a pond known as the Devil’s Punchbowl, fatally striking his head on boulders during the fall.

That spot had long been popular with sightseers and thrill-seekers who enjoyed leaping from bluffs into the swimming hole, often during alcohol-fueled youth gatherings.

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

Related posts:

  1. Forest service opens access to Cedar Creek Falls near Julian
  2. Cedar Creek Falls to remain closed until April
  3. Access to Cedar Creek Falls to open April 5 under permit system
  4. Cedar Creek Falls to reopen in the spring, but no alcohol, no jumping, no diving
  5. County sues forest service over scheduled Cedar Creek reopening

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Posted by Maureen Robertson on Apr 5 2013. Filed under Backcountry, Country Living, Featured Story, News, Ramona, Sheriff/Fire. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can skip to the end and leave a response. Pinging is currently not allowed.

6 Comments for “Ramona access to Cedar Creek Falls reopens today”

  1. jldach

    $6 for a SDCEA resident, really : (

  2. jldach

    $6 for a SDCEA resident, really : (

    • Guest

      Why should an SDCEA resident be charged any less than anyone else? Oh yeah that's right, your elitist attitude towards everyone else. And I don't know why.

  3. tim

    Oh my poor Native California. Welcome to just one more example of too many stupid people followed up by over reaction by Government and a Government opportunity to turn one of the few remaining free natural pleasures into a regulated money making self-fueled bureaucracy for Government. Sadly, my glass is just nearing the overflow point with life here in my beloved California and I expect to be leaving….never to return.

  4. Diane

    Not to change the subject but what entrance is better, Ramona or Julian???

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