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Cedar Creek Falls Closes Following Hiker's Death

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Post by BorregoWrangler » Thu Jul 07, 2011 1:37 am

http://poway.patch.com/articles/cedar-c ... aking_news
Cedar Creek Falls hiking area is closed indefinitely following the death of a 16-year-old hiker Wednesday and at least seven other rescue calls since Saturday.

"We are looking at the elevated health and safety concerns," Brian Harris, public information officer for the U.S. Forest Service told Patch Wednesday night.

Cedar Creek Falls is in Cleveland National Forest, bordering San Diego Country Estates in Ramona. Hundreds of people hike in the area every weekend from throughout San Diego county and beyond. Sheriff's Lt. Julie Sutton of the Ramona substation recently expressed concern about young people partying in the area now that they are on summer vacation.

Saul Villagomez, battalion chief with Ramona Fire Department, echoed that concern in an interview with Patch on Wednesday. See the attached video.

Harris said law enforcement will be stationed at the facilities Thursday morning, and both of the two trailheads will be closed.

He said the Forest Service will need to discuss the closure with its general counsel to determine how long the area will remain shut off to the public.

In Wednesday's accident, an El Cajon teen died after falling from a steep cliff, according to the medical examiner. Another teen was taken to Palomar Medical Center.

Although it's reported that the teen fell — and did not jump — Villagomez told Patch that some people party with alcohol and then take the plunge, which can cause serious injuries over summer when the water is low.

Cedar Creek Falls is considered one of the most popular hiking locations in San Diego county.
http://www.nctimes.com/news/local/ramon ... 4419a.html
RAMONA ---- A 16-year-old boy died Wednesday morning after he apparently fell into the Cedar Creek Falls, hitting his head on the rocks on his way down, according to the San Diego County Sheriff's Department.

Another boy, 17, was injured when the 16-year-old fell on him at the bottom of the falls, said Sgt. Christina Bavencoff.

The injured teenager was taken to Palomar Medical Center in Escondido for treatment.

The 16-year-old El Cajon boy who died had been hiking with family members when he slipped on the rocks about 11:30 a.m., authorities said. He was airlifted to a nearby fire station, where paramedics pronounced him dead, said Cal Fire Capt. Mike Mohler.

Earlier, authorities reported that the teenager may have jumped into a popular swimming hole at the bottom of the falls.

"From preliminary interviews with the family, it seems like he slipped," Bavencoff said. "It wasn't his intention to jump."

The U.S. Forest Service closed the Cedar Creek Falls area of the Cleveland National Forest during the investigation into the death.

Rescuers are called to the area often, Mohler said.

The death followed a holiday weekend that saw eight people airlifted from the popular hiking area southeast of Ramona for various injuries and several more transported to hospitals by ambulance, Mohler said.

"What's happening is this area is being frequented by people who are inexperienced hikers or think it's a water park," Mohler said.

He said the area can be extremely dangerous for divers, with its deceptively shallow water. Hikers also often become injured in the remote and rugged area or dehydrated because they don't bring enough drinking water to hike back out.
Major bummer! Sadly I'm too surprised. I always see people heading out to the falls in this area who are woefully unprepared for the conditions. People only think of getting down to the swimming holes during the summer but don't realize how hot it can get out there. And of course, there's the danger of falling... :(

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Post by xtatik » Thu Jul 07, 2011 3:15 pm

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Post by gon2srf » Fri Jul 08, 2011 10:15 am

S**t happens, but are we going to close ourselves off from the world. Take your Prozac Johnny, turn on the TV, stay inside.... no hiking, no walking for that matter, no freeways, no ball parks.

Texas Rangers fan dies trying to catch ball.
http://www.cnn.com/2011/SPORT/07/07/tex ... ?hpt=hp_t2

Woman killed by teen on skateboard
http://www.wafb.com/story/15042510/woma ... skateboard

Tragic events? Yes. Preventable? Probably not.

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Post by ralphie » Fri Jul 08, 2011 2:31 pm

I agree with you , Scott. We as a socitey are going to "SAFETY" ourselves to death. ;)
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Post by BorregoWrangler » Sat Jul 09, 2011 2:24 am

Here's what they have posted at the Ramona trail head.

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I'm sure it'll open again once it starts cooling down out there.
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Post by OLLIE » Sat Jul 09, 2011 10:51 am

Very disappointing. Hope it opens again soon. It won't stop the incidents from happening though. We pass people hiking with infants and whering flip-flops only carrying a 20 oz water bottle with them. Stupid!!!
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Post by BorregoWrangler » Wed Apr 04, 2012 7:16 pm

Its open! :D

http://eastcountymagazine.org/node/9217
April 2, 2012 (Cedar Creek) – When Ed Hale read that the National Forest Service (NFS) was reopening one of two entrances to Cedar Creek Falls starting yesterday, he and a friend headed east to hit the trail--and brought back a firsthand account of their experiences as well as some changes at the popular hiking site.

“I’ve taken numerous groups through there over the last five years but with the closure, it meant one of the winter hiking spots was now off the list,” said Hale, a Mission Bay resident who said he spends a lot of time in East County and read about the reopening in East County Magazine.

Cedar Creek Falls had been closed since July 2011 due to a fatality accident in which an El Cajon teen reportedly slipped and plunged over the top of the falls onto rocks below. On Sunday, the Eagle Peak entrance near Julian reopened, though the popular second entrance near Ramona’s San Diego Country Estates remains closed for now, while authorities grapple to solve issues of parking and overcrowding.

“We got to the Eagle Peak trail head about 0730 (7:30 a.m.) and though the closed signs were still up, based on the NFS website, the route was open so we headed down. The trail has grown up a bit, hopefully stopping some the erosion problems that were becoming worse each year.”

Those weren’t the only changes. “They now have signs posted closing the saddleback area, preventing access to the top of the waterfall and the upper creek,” Hale told ECM. “At the bottom, the signs state that you can only go as far as the last rock ledge at the edge of the pool and climbing on the cliffs is illegal. Still the waterfall itself was running pretty well and about 98% of the garbage is gone along with the graffiti so the place looks much better.”

In contrast to crowded days in the past, when a hundred or more visitors often frequented the falls, Hale reports, “ We were the only ones down there, but on the way out we passed a group of about 20 that came in from the Ramona trail head” despite the Ramona trail officially remaining closed. “When we got back to the Eagle Peak trail head, one of the NFS guys was taking the signs for the closure down and seemed pretty interested in getting the other trail head closed back down.”

Interestingly, he observed, “One of the funniest things he said was that the SD Estates residents wanted to still use the trail but keep it closed to everyone else.” Startled at the notion of residents demanding a private entrance to a publicly owned treasure in Cleveland National Forest, Hale added, “I was a bit disturbed by that, but amused by the NFS's response of 'But you are the public as well.’”

As Hale and his companion headed out, he noted, “One Sheriff's Department truck and two NFS LEO trucks were pulling into the lot, though I’m not sure if they were just checking the place out or responding to something else.”

If you’re considering a trip to the falls, the NFS advises that is a “challenging” hike. The reopened trail is accessible off Eagle Peak Road, a somewhat rough road out of Julian. The Eagle Peak trail to the falls is a steep seven-hour round trip hike and lacks the improvements made on the Ramona trail, which remains closed.

Still, the lure of the falls is strong—and the attraction remains one of the most beautiful and breathtaking sites in all of East County.

If you go, Hale offers this advice. “Overall this is a great hike,” he concludes. “If you spend a bit of time preparing yourself with adequate clothing and water, there is nothing difficult about just hiking to the bottom, seeing the falls, and hiking back.”
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Post by OLLIE » Thu Apr 19, 2012 10:47 pm

Excellent news!!! :D
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Post by BorregoWrangler » Mon Apr 30, 2012 4:28 pm

Over the weekend a 10 year old boy had to be air lifted out of the Three Sisters Waterfall area. I hope this doesn't mark the beginning of another closure.

http://www.10news.com/news/30975484/detail.html
PINE VALLEY, Calif. -- A 10-year-old boy who was hiking with his father on Sunday was airlifted from the Three Sisters Falls area near Pine Valley to be treated for heat exhaustion, according to Cal Fire.

The boy and his father were hiking on the popular trail at about 2:15 p.m., said Capt. Mike Mohler, who is with Cal Fire.

The boy's father placed an emergency call and the boy was airlifted to a fire station in Ramona, Mohler said.
The child was then taken to a hospital to be treated for heat exhaustion. He is expected to recover, Mohler said.
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