Etiwanda Falls Trail

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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 good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and birding and is accessible year-round.

3.4 miles
803 feet
Out & Back

kid friendly



trail running







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.

3 minutes ago

It was my first time going on this trail with my little ones who range from 7 to 11yrs of age. It was a bit hard for them at times but once we got to the creek it was worth it. They got in it and had a blast. We also seen some deer on the way up.

nature trips
9 minutes ago

Great first time hike spot. Rocky but worth the hike to the waterfall/stream. Just remember there is a waterfall at the end so keep going. Good for all ages. If everyone picks up one piece of trash we can change the world.

1 day ago

This was a good hike. They have a paid security guard in the area making regular patrols. We talked to him for a bit he was cool and friendly. During the summer the trail closes at 8pm and the gate is locked so make sure you get your vehicle out. There is no parking available outside of the gate. If you happen to get locked in you’ll have to wait for deputy to come up and let you out. I heard a rumor you could get cited. It would be great if the gate stayed open till 9. It’s a good workout, 850ish foot climb over a mile stretch. Definitely will so this hike again.

mountain biking
9 days ago

Closed due high heat!!

21 days ago

Been coming here for years, last time I went my car window was busted out and everything was taken out of my car when I got back from my hike. It’s a nice hike, no shade on the way up, only about 1.5 miles to reach the falls but it’s a big incline all the way. The falls have graffiti everywhere and there are names carved all over the trees at the top.

22 days ago

So nice up there. Too bad to see graffiti on the rocks

25 days ago

it's a easy family friendly trail and the scenery is amazing....

27 days ago

nice walk/run, enough incline to take your breath away but easy enough that before you even think you had enough youre at the falls. nice view from the top. come early coz parking is limited to 30 cars and this trail is popular. police present to give you ticket.

30 days ago

just finished and all I can saw is owwwww. My Fitbit measured it at a little over 4 miles round trip, a far cry from the 3.4 it says it is. it's not rocky like boulder-y where you have to climb over things but pebble-y where every step is unstable and you're in danger of rolling an ankle. Once you get up there it's absolutely beautiful and a great place to relax and chill for a while. There is graffiti buy we didn't see much trash that people were complaining about. It is very steep and there really isn't anywhere along the trail to rest. It actually took us about the same amount of time going up as it did coming down. Absolutely no coverage and when it's sunny it's HOT. Good luck!

1 month ago

Great hike.

1 month ago

Great hike. Waterfall was small due to lack of rain but still worth the hike. I’d classify this as a Moderate more than easy hike due to the constant elevation gain in such a short distance (800 ft in 1 mile)

1 month ago

Easy trail...Sun projection, hat & water, I saw folks in tennis shoes but were having a bit of a struggle hiking. If your in fair condition it may take you 1hr plus to complete, parking is limited... it can be a busy trail with families hiking. Disappointed with the graffiti, pet waste & trash visitors leave behind.
Unfortunate, be considerate.

1 month ago

Like others said, lots of rocks make this trail a little more tricky. I expected the falls to be a little larger, but it wasn't very big and the amount of trash and graffiti detracked from the ambiance. There was also some dog poop on the trail. It took about an hour and a half for me and my boyfriend to complete at 9 am. Definitely go early as the sun gets pretty hot and there isn't much shade.

1 month ago

Fun trail and great for kids. Be a good human and pick up your trash and maybe pick up some one else’s for good karma.

1 month ago

good trails.

1 month ago

This is a wonderful hike, but be advised it’s very rocky. Also the trail is heavily trafficked. Depending on how you look at it, that should be factored into your decision to hike this trail.
We took this trail for family hike and enjoyed a nice picnic lunch at the falls. We didn’t mind the crowd, but YMMV. Overall, we would do this again.

1 month ago

Did this trail this morning for the first time. Got there around 8:30 and the parking lot was packed. It labels this trail as easy but it not. Lots of rocks on the trail so wear appropriate shoes.

1 month ago

Great hiking spot.

Very easy to hike. (I took my daughter up there for the first time when she was 4 years old).

Don’t leave your trash, pick up after yourself, and DO NOT GRAFFITI.

1 month ago

The Falls were an unexpected surprise. Nearly instantly you go from dry arrow landscape to a lush forest.

1 month ago

Easy as far as distance but when it comes down to the incline it’s a bit difficult rocks make it hard to walk sometimes

1 month ago

Too many rocks

1 month ago

It says no dogs but some brought their dogs.... anyone know if they are allowed?

2 months ago

Took me and my 40-something boyfriend three hours to hike in and out. We did have a half hour picnic before we headed back.

Super easy drive up to the trailhead.

Didn’t need a parking pass. Guessing parking fills up fast. We went on a weekday, afternoon while school was still in session and there were many people on the trail.

Verizon service went in and out. I didn’t have any service at the end of the trial.

Recommend shoes with ankle support because there are a lot of rocks and trail angles that it would be easy to roll an ankle on.

There is A LOT of graffiti along the tail. It’s disappointing and distracts heavily when you come up to the creek. I also cleaned up a normal size shopping bag of trail garbage on my way out.

This trail qualifies as ‘Easy’ on the app but the 800+ ft elevation gain is work and grueling in the hot sun.

Great creek at the end of the trail. Make time to creek walk further up.

2 months ago


2 months ago

Done this twice with friends. Would possibly say this is harder than easy if you go to the top of waterfall.

2 months ago

I don't get it are dogs allowed or not some posts say the dogs love it then the next post say no dogs

2 months ago

pretty cool little trail. A lot of nature to look around and see. Good little 45 minute hike.

3 months ago

The trail is rockey and I wouldn’t rate it as easy but, the waterfall is cool. IMO it’s a good workout not too hard but, not easy.

3 months ago


3 months ago

Amazing hike!!! I carried my 40lb toddler in my arms all the way up the mountain and to the river creek and then down..about 6 miles total. It was quite the workout but the view was simply amazing!!! Started our hike at 6:30am and finished by 10am

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