Cedar Creek Falls Closed Until November

Dangerous water levels have prompted the site's closure

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    NBC San Diego
    The popular hiking destination will be closed for four months.

    Cedar Creek Falls Park will be closed until November 8 starting at midnight on Friday, according to U.S. Forest Services.

    The U.S. Forest Service closed Cedar Creek Falls in Julian following the death of a 16-year-old El Cajon resident. Joseph Meram died Wednesday after falling down a steep cliff and landing in the water below. A second teenage boy was also injured in the incident.

    This long-term type of closure is not typical, according to public information officer for the U.S. Forest Service Brian Harris. He said normally this type of closure is reserved for wildfires or flooding.

    The abundance of water coming over the falls is one of the reasons the site is more dangerous. 

    There is a possibility the site will reopen before November, according to Harris.