Units responded to a report of a possible cliff rescue at Palisades Park at about 3:25 p.m., according to the North County Fire Authority.
Arriving crews found a man stranded about 200 feet down on the cliff, officials said.
The man was hoisted up the bluff in a safety harness, officials said.
The man suffered minor cuts and bruises and refused transport to a hospital, officials said.
The rescue operation was over in about an hour.