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Increased Patrols at Cedar Creek Falls this Weekend

After three air rescues in one week, the Sheriff’s Department is conducting a special detail this weekend.

If you plan on hiking Cedar Creek Falls this weekend, you will notice a larger presence of law enforcement, with Forest Service and sheriff’s personnel on ATVs patrolling the trail through Sunday.

Sheriff’s deputies will also be at the trailhead in Ramona, reminding people that the west access to the falls off Thornbush Road is still closed, according to the department.

The special detail that began Friday will operate from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. today and Sunday, according to the Sheriff’s Department. Authorities will be roaming the trail on ATVs, advising visitors on being properly prepared for the hike and providing information about the weather and hazards they may encounter. Highway Patrol officers will be enforcing parking restrictions.

So far this week the sheriff’s helicopter unit has made at least . On Monday, a 19-year-old woman hiking in the area was overcome by the heat and was airlifted to a hospital, but she died shortly after arrival.

The other two rescues were on Tuesday, when a dog and a 79-year-old man, traveling in different parties, were assisted out of the area by a sheriff’s helicopter.

Temperatures in the area are expected to reach the high 80s over the weekend, according to the National Weather Service, with a chance of thunderstorms.

Trish Huston July 14, 2012 at 03:28 PM
I wonder why they don't close the Julian side, too? That's where the people who had to be rescued entered from. I'm happy to hear that officials see that people don't know how to use this trail and are closing it (even if temporary).
Teresa Ahumada July 14, 2012 at 04:23 PM
They should have kept the other trailhead open. It was a safer route. The one that the woman died on is a terrible trail in the summer. I know i walked that trail myself and I was prepared for it. Had plenty of water and was dressed properly, had to turn around because of the heat and no shade. walked the other trail and and did not have any problems. I do have to agree that you will see people on the trail without the proper foot attire(flip flops) and no water. I feel sorry for them when some bad happens to them, but they should be prepared or be smart enough to turn around when they feel it's too much of a challenge for them.
Luis Velasco July 16, 2012 at 06:49 AM
I was there hiking with my family the other week. We saw many young people coming up the trail badly in need of water and helped who we could (they were not prepared). Between the three of us we were carrying nearly 10 liter. Bottom line: If you hike in the heat bring plenty of water and know your limitations--folks could always turn around before too much trouble occurs.
Vallery July 16, 2012 at 11:43 PM
I ABSOLUTELY do not agree with closing the trail. If we closed everything where some unprepared moron made a mistake and hurt themselves there would be no outdoor places to go at all!

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