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Trail in Cleveland National Forest closed after teen's death

July 9, 2011 | 10:27 am

The U.S. Forest Service has closed access to the Cedar Creek Falls area of the Cleveland National Forest after a 16-year-old boy from El Cajon died from an 80-foot fall.

Joe Meram died Wednesday while hiking in the area with his family. 

Teenagers like to dive from the top of the falls into the water below. The website Backcountrysecrets.com rates Cedar Creek Falls, east of Ramona in San Diego County, as "awesome while you're at the swimming hole and waterfall."

The closure is slated to last until November, the U.S. Forest Service announced Friday.

Signs will be posted at the San Diego River Gorge Trail that leads to the falls.

--Tony Perry in San Diego

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