On May 27th, after obtaining our permit ahead of time on recreation.gov, my teenage son and I set out from the San Diego Country Estates trailhead for Cedar Creek Falls. With 75 degree weather, it was an easy and comfortable hike to the falls. The hike is no more challenging than any other 6 mile hike in San Diego’s backcountry, as long as you’re prepared. And the falls did not disappoint! The water was cool and perfect for a nice swim, the sun brought out the colors of the rocks and flowers, and the falls were flowing! After spending an hour or so at the falls eating lunch, swimming, and basking in the warm sun, we headed back up. On cue, as we enjoyed the hike back, we were passed by the ubiquitous hikers-in-flip-flops that create the need for all the dire warnings on this uniquely attractive hike. We were treated to a rare sighting of a horned lizard that topped off the fun and we called it a success as my son and I both enjoyed some IRL time away from the screens!