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Hiking Time : 1 to 2 hours

Distance : A 2-mile round trip for There and Back trail

Permit : Cleveland National Forest adventure pass for $ 5 a day

Parking : Two parking on either side of the road

Best time to visit : Winter

Highest Point : 4,460 ft

Nearest Transit Hub :  Sunrise Highway

Pets :  Dogs allowed with a leash

Cottonwood Creek Falls, San Diego Overview

Cascading from the down slope of Mt. Laguna, Cotton creek waterfalls – a set of small waterfalls and pools, is located near the Pine valley of Cleveland National Forest. Standing in a hot and arid climate of the desert, the falls must be visited after an adequate snowfall on Mt. Laguna as the melting snows form the white cascade of this ephemeral gem of a creek.

 The out and back trail lined with various electric poles is covered with cacti and other desert habitats, convincing the hikers to scramble their way through the wildflowers, frogs and rare species of butterflies. Along the unmarked yet fairly easy and flat trails following the cottonwood creek, you may be encountering many small waterfalls during your downhill hike towards the main cascade. You will be scrambling through rocks to reach the base of the main waterfall flowing from a height of 15ft. With many flat and smooth rocks near the water body, this place is an ideal picnic spot among visitors.

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