San Diego’s favorite foodie event, San Diego Restaurant Week will take a break this September. Instead, Dine Diego (presented by San Diego Restaurant Week), will run September 15 through...
The smaller scale and often intimate settings of these San Diego County waterfalls make them every bit as beautiful as their larger cousins in other places.
Few natural features attract more notice from outdoor enthusiasts than waterfalls. The rush of water careening against polish rock into deep, tree-shaded grottos contrasts soothing sounds against the exhilarating effects of gravity. Although San Diego County's waterfalls do not in any way rival the more impressive cascades of Yosemite, the smaller scale and often intimate settings make them every bit as beautiful in their own ways.
Given that San Diego lies within a semi-arid climate belt, waterfalls in the county are often dependent on recent rainfall. San Diego's heaviest rainfall months are generally December through March. During this time, Pacific storms drop the bulk of the county's annual rainfall. In addition to resurrecting summer's dormant vegetation, this water begins cascading into polished grottos. The best times to view the areas waterfalls are generally between February and March, which follows the peak rainfall times of December and January.
One of coastal San Diego's few perennial waterfalls. Penasquitos Creek tumbles over a volcanic outcrop in the center of Penasquitos Canyon.
This seasonal waterfall comes to life only following heavy rainfall, but when it does wake up, the water tumbles and crashes over a colorful jumble of metamorphic rocks in the upper reaches of this gently winding canyon.
Less of a waterfall than a series of gentle cascades that empty into a beautiful pull at the confluence of Pine Valley Creek and Horsethie Canyon. When the breeze ruffles the cottonwoods and sycamores overhead, there is perhaps no more peaceful place in the county. Note: you will need an Adventure Pass to park at the trailhead.
The county's most popular waterfall. Cedar Creek tumbles 80 feet over a cliff into the sparkling waters of the "Devil's Punchbowl." Be warned that this is a difficult, often hot hike that should not be attempted between June and October.
Another seasonal waterfall tucked into a hidden grotto south of the Laguna Mountains. The somewhat obscure trail leads to a tranquil series of cascades.
The Sweetwater River tumbles over this multiple-tiered cascade on the south end of Green Valley Campground in Cuyamaca Ranch State Park.
A hidden, fern-bedecked grotto with a seasonal 20' waterfall in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.
Not a single waterfall, but a number of smaller cascades found along the creek. The easiest to reach is a small waterfall that flows near the first palm grove.
Many of these waterfalls lie within the county's arid interior where summer temperatures routinely hit triple digits. Given that rainfall is extremely rare during these times, hikers should avoid seeking out waterfalls during the summer and fall months. Rescues due to dehydration and heat exhaustion during these times are common, and most of the rescues seem to occur when unprepared hikers seek out waterfalls.
Dreaming of a lazy summer getaway or a reason to get out of the house? We've got you covered. With our Dreaming Of The Days offer, we've got rates from $69 including free nightly parking. When you're...
Our Getaway Package is waiting for you when the time is right and you need a change of scenery! Book this package to include everything you need – a clean and comfortable room, daily breakfast,...
Dreaming of a tropical stay at Humphreys Half Moon Inn? Book our BOGO offer and get 50% off every second night! Enjoy well appointed room accommodations, a refreshing pool and jacuzzi, our newly...
Join us for an outdoor wine tasting + catered pizza at Castelli Family Vineyards! We have award winning wines, woodstove pizza and a gorguoes outdoor patio seated right in front of the vineyard! ...
Sign up to receive the latest news, events, and updates about San Diego. Our monthly and weekly newsletters will keep you informed about the latest and greatest happenings in the destination.
For the ultimate guide to planning your San Diego vacation, view and download the San Diego Visitor Planning Guide, packed with useful information that will help you plan the perfect San Diego getaway.
English | Change Language