2017 April 06 – Arvin and Maverick at Cedar Creek Falls

MAVERICK is ingenuous having the quality of being free, noble, honest, and open while a bit feral, wild, dangerous, and unfettered by cultural norms.; he is authentic masculinity; not branded (owned by no one); free roaming (a nomadic or free-spirited person).  By social norms, Jesus of Nazareth was a bit of a MAVERICK.

The Cedar Creek Falls hike (April 6, 2017)

WE got up early (5 am) in the morning to have a hardy breakfast followed by a 40-minute drive in order to get on the Trail Head before 8 am; this provided an one immediate reward in the dramatic scenery we saw with the sun rise.  Cedar Creek is a tributary that feeds into the San Diego River, whose riparian ribbon is on view some 1,000 feet below after about the first half mile on the hike.

Also, as you descend to that river bed, look to your left and you’ll see Mildred Falls — or at least the sheer drop in the cliff where Mildred Falls sometimes cascades. When we were there in early April, there was a lot of water falling from the dark colored granite face.  Mildred Falls is one of San Diego County’s highest waterfalls at more than 100 feet.

This trail also passes by some of the best wildflower displays you will find — red Indian paintbrush, purple lupine and a deeper purple larkspur, yellow monkeyflowers, white California everlasting, tiny purple asters, blue dicks, yellow lotus, yellow and white tidy tips and even a lovely, round and radiating head of the purple blooms of what may be a wild onion.

As it follows the old fire road, which in places has eroded significantly into the steep cliff below, the trail winds downhill to that river bed fairly gradually, making the significant elevation gain a bit easier to handle.

About 1.5 miles down from the trailhead, you’ll note a spur trail to the left that used to take hikers to the top of the falls. As posted, this spur trail is now closed.

When you reach the San Diego River bed at the bottom, follow the signs to the waterfall directing you to the left. You must cross Cedar Creek twice over placed-stone paths that test your balance.

Soon you’ll hear that waterfall and then see it through the cottonwood and sycamore trees. When we were there on an April 6th in the mid morning hours, there were only a few people at the pond, sitting on the rocks that surround it with fewer swimming in the cold ice-water.

Maverick’s 2017 Spring Roam-About to North California and the Ranch


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