One hiker dies, another injured at Cedar Creek Falls

Officials rope off the Ramona and U.S. Forest Service fire stations in San Diego Country Estates after a hiker died in a fall at Cedar Creek Falls today. The hiker was pronounced dead at Ramona Fire Station 81 in the Estates. Sentinel photo/Karen Brainard
Officials rope off the Ramona and U.S. Forest Service fire stations in San Diego Country Estates after a hiker died in a fall at Cedar Creek Falls today. The hiker was pronounced dead at Ramona Fire Station 81 in the Estates. Sentinel photo/Karen Brainard

By Karen Brainard

A male hiker, believed to be in his mid- to late teens, died after jumping into the pool of water at Cedar Creek Falls today, said CalFire Capt. Mike Mohler.

CalFire helicopter 10 was dispatched after receiving a call around noon. Mohler said the male reportedly jumped from a rock about 80 feet and witnesses said he  hit  rocks on his way down to the water.

According to Mohler, the male was flown by helicopter to Ramona’s Fire Station 81 in the San Diego Country Estates where he was pronounced dead.

“He suffered major head trauma,” reported Mohler.

Mohler said the deceased was with a group of people. He said another person was injured, believed to have been with that same group, and was transported by ground to a  hospital.  That hiker had minor injuries, he said.

Joan Friedlander with the Cleveland National Forest, was at the trailhead after the fatality and said the U.S. Forest Service would most likely release a statement about the incident.

   
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