Etiwanda Falls Trail

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North Etiwanda Preserve

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.

Distance: 3.4 miles Elevation Gain: 803 feet 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

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

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bugs
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2 hours ago

Nice moderate hike. Make sure to come before 7 am if you want parking. Falls have a good shady area but otherwise it’s a mostly exposed trail.

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rocky
3 days ago

Uphill battle the whole way, but the creek and falls are beautiful! Would go multiple times packing water and electrolyte-rich drinks. Be smart and take breaks, the end is worth the climb!

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bugs
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rocky
4 days ago

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rocky
4 days ago

Fairly easy and very rocky trail. Make sure to bring plenty of water and wear comfortable shoes. Parking will fill up quickly so make sure you get there early. Lots of lizards and saw a rattlesnake on the way back. Overall, highly recommend

Beautiful hike during a cloudy morning. Very packed. Try to get here early before the crowds. Great uphill hike to the water

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bugs
5 days ago

Great trail over all, there is a lot of rocks but not that hard to walk through. I do recommend bringing plenty of water because you will be thirsty going up. Over all the hike was worth it I enjoyed every minute of it. I will be back.

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bugs
muddy
no shade
off trail
private property
rocky
5 days ago

A good amount of insects (mosquitos, dragon flys, bees, flys, centipedes, spiders, etc.). The wide life can really be seen with the lizards and birds as well, luckily no snakes came by us! Bring plenty of water, I drank 3 bottles in total. There was shade on some spots during the hike but just barley, once you get to the top where the creek is at it will be a bit muddy. There are many spots you can go off trail but because of the wild life I wouldn’t recommend it. The whole way up and down it is very rocky, make sure you do bring hiking shoes with good grip or you will slip and fall. This is private property so the gate for the cars close at 8 pm in the summer, we got down at 8:45 and bumped into a park ranger that warned us about it being private property and getting a citation so be weary of the time. Since there was a full parking lot yesterday, I would suggest to park down the street in the non gated community, the walk to the trail will take about another 15 min depending on your speed. Overall it’s a great hike and getting to the top was well worth, this was my second time doing this hike and I enjoyed it more the second time, 100% recommend!

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rocky
5 days ago

Great trail to walk! Next time I’m bringing my son

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bugs
no shade
rocky
6 days ago

It’s a great trail but it’s very rocky so make sure to wear comfortable shoes. Do the hike early in the morning or late afternoon. If you hike it in the afternoon make sure you are back by 8. There will be a officer closing the gates after that. There isn’t shade until you reach the waterfall point, so make sure to drink lots of water.

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private property
7 days ago

Trail has designated parking area at the entrance. Wait for parking! My car and 20 others cars were towed for parking just down the hill. There aren’t any NO PARKING signs so it is very deceiving. Needless to say, I was charged $100 by City of Rancho; and $415 at (Steve’s) tow yard. Overheard sheriff deputy telling another hiker they tow hikers’ cars at least a couple times a day.

8 days ago

This was a mostly sunny, rocky, uphill hike, but the payoff at the falls was worth it. Cool shade (at least 10-15 degrees) and lots of rocks or logs to rest and take pictures. Only disclaimer is DO NOT PARK ON THE ROCKY SHOULDER AT THE CORNER OF DAY CREEK AND ETIWANDA. YOU WILL BE TOWED. There are signs that say "No Stopping Anytime" with a towing picture, but it doesn't say no parking. Being our first time and seeing others parked there, we didn't think anything of it. It's a little misleading, but you live and you learn.

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8 days ago

Can we get in the water?

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rocky
9 days ago

Was just there on Memorial Day - waited about 5 minutes for parking. It was very hot - bring lots of water and some energy boosting snacks. There’s barely any shades along the trail until you get to the actual water fall. There were plenty of people but not as crowded as I thought. People were pretty good with practicing social distancing. The creek and fall was relaxing and beautiful - worth trekking the 90+ degrees weather!!!

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bugs
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rocky
10 days ago

So it was very crowded but not on the north trail. We walked up to the shaded pavilion and realized we probably either went the really long way to the waterfall or the wrong way. Lol regardless it was a great little hike so next time I know to follow the crowd to get to the waterfall. A lot of bugs, like usual on a hike. A ton of lizards. Like everyone is saying for beginners just take your time and keep going. Drink a ton of water and bring snacks to get you through it!

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bugs
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rocky
10 days ago

It has 3 little very little waterfalls, I was kind of disappointed when I saw them, it’s up hill the whole time NO shade until you get to the waterfalls, lots of bugs, couldn’t even finished my sandwich at the waterfall because the mosquitos, it was Very hot even though I got there early, it’s a nice hike but I won’t go back

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