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Etiwanda Falls Trail is a 3.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Rancho Cucamonga, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Length 3.4 mi Elevation gain 803 ft Route type Out & Back
Kid friendly Hiking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Running Partially paved River Views Waterfall Wild flowers Wildlife Rocky No shade No dogs
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Nestled in the Etiwanda foothills is the Etiwanda Falls Trail. It is a nice out and back hike suitable for the whole family with lots of great scenery and photo opportunities. There are also many informational markers along the way to explain the significance of conserving this area and its role in protecting valuable ecosystem function and sensitive species found there. The falls are found on National Forest property north of the current boundaries of the North Etiwanda Preserve. By going to the falls, you will cross over privately owned property, which is not a designated part of the Preserve. The private property crossed is still a habitat preservation site for which the same conservation practices apply. Dogs are not allowed on this trail. NOTE: There is a designated parking area by the trailhead. DO NOT park on the road and walk to the trailhead if the lot is full. Users have reported that the police tow hikers' cars here daily. Hours: Winter (November- February) 6:30 AM - 5:00 PM Summer (March-October) 6:30 AM - 8:00 PM PARKING GATES LOCKED PROMPTLY AT CLOSING TIME NO DOGS ALLOWED

San Bernardino County Special Districts Department 157 West 5th Street, 2nd Floor, San Bernardino, CA 92415-0450 (909) 387-5940

To make the hike longer and more photogenic, you can follow the NEP loop hike to the guaging station in Day Canyon.

The North Etiwanda Preserve is located at the northern terminus of Etiwanda Avenue in the foothill area above Rancho Cucamonga. From the 210 Freeway: - Exit Day Creek Boulevard in the City of Rancho Cucamonga and head north. - Proceed on Day Creek Blvd 2.2 miles until you reach Etiwanda Avenue. - Day Creek will veer east and end at Etiwanda Avenue. - Take Etiwanda Avenue north approximately .3 mile until the pavement ends. - Continue on dirt road approximately 600 feet to the designate gravel parking area. -Walk north on the main trail from the parking lot. Continue on that path until your reach the falls.

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Megan Sloat
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HikingGreat!

Been many times, awesome hike, great workout. However, they are now ticketing for parking in the surrounding neighborhood. Parking for the trail at the top of the road is very sparse and cramped. 9/27/20

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Meghan Bulmer
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Hiking

Great trail! Super crowded. Get here early

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christian rodriguez
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good!!!

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Andy Zhu
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Isabel Mendoza
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WalkingRocky

Great trail. Very refreshing and relaxing when you get to the top. Not much shade along the way so I recommend it as an early morning hike. Also, there’s a lot of rocks on the trail. I went today 9/20/20 and it is open.

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Thompson Nguyen
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A bit crowded on the way up. Was informed that there was a bear sighting in the area. Minimal bugs. Recommend taking the loop trail back from the falls. Saw some deer on the way back.

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Jaime Esparza
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Christina Hernandez
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HikingClosedNo shade

I love this hike, but the trail to get to the falls is still closed as it is part of the San Bernardino National Forest. However, the trail to complete the loop is open, so as long as you stay working the persevered area you’re good.

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Andy Acosta
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RunningGreat!

It is now OPEN!!!!

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Sergio Marinizer
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HikingGreat!

Little challenging. It’s open guys 9-14-20 15:30

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Daniel Acosta
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Eligio Damas
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Yvette De La Rosa
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Closed

Closed due to red flag warning

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Mallory Quiroz
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The hike up isn’t too challenging. Recommend going early or wearing lots of sunscreen and a hat during the hotter part of the day. The waterfall and stream is beautiful and refreshing to sit by and out your feet in before going back down. I ran back down but had a little trouble with the rocks. Others have stated it’s closed right now, I haven’t been in about 1.5 weeks so follow up on it being open fore you make the drive.

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Magana Ventures
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Really nice hike! Pretty easy trail to get up to the main waterfall. But once you're up there keep hiking up to see other waterfalls! My friend and I enjoyed ourselves up there. I actually made a youtube video on our hike including some drone footage. Feel free to check it out on my youtube channel: Magana Ventures . The link is below :) https://youtu.be/SuGFW68GUVk

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Andy Acosta
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HikingGreat!

I go everyday it’s currently closed great trail can be done in less than an hour ppl are friendly have never had any problems bug spray isn’t necessary but helps very little parking get there before 8am

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Rosie Medel
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HikingGreat!

beautiful place. people just need to stop littering.

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Justin Quintanilla
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Nature trips

I do this trail a few times a week, today I was the last one out at 8:00pm and the rangers had traffic barricades saying the trail would be closed for the Labor Day weekend due to the high risk of fires

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Dominic Montano
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HikingGreat!

Straight forward hike, bring bug spray!

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Deserea Parrish
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Loved it!

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Camille Velasco
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WalkingGreat!No shade

Very nice trail! Enough space to social distance since not everyone wears a mask. Definitely go early if you don’t want to hike in the heat. There’s no shade until you get to the water. I did it with a 20lb baby in a carrier. Would be better if dog owners picked up after their dogs.

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Jasmine Aguayo
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HikingGreat!No shade

Great quick trail!

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Mndlynn Castilliano
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HikingNo shadeRocky
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Elizabeth Barragan
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HikingGreat!
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Darian Vernon
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RunningGreat!

Nice trail. Little tough going up but you're rewarded with a nice view and plenty of shade once you reach the waterfall at the top. Pro tip: wear trail running shoes and you can have a ton of fun going down the mountain :). Be careful though

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Judy Tran
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