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.

DISTANCE
3.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
790 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

trail running

walking

river

views

waterfall

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.

hiking
11 hours ago

Great short hike. Took our younger hikers on this trail and it took a little over an hour to get up to the falls and a little under an hour to get back. Make sure to have the proper shoes as the trail is pretty rocky and on an incline the whole way up. Pack plenty of snacks & water and a hat is a good idea. The trail has no coverage so recommend hiking either early morning or past the noon hour. The falls are a nice and a pleasant reward for making the hike up with plenty of photo spots. Be sure to use the restroom before you head up this trail and a hiking stick might be a good idea as well.

Great hike. Not as dirty as people say it is. At least not recently. Beautiful scenery.

hiking
2 days ago

good little trail. pretty crowded with novice hikers that don't know the rules of a trail. Nice water fall.

great hike for the whole fam bam
.wear good shoes the trail rocky

8 days ago

Not impressed. Dirty and it takes forever to get to the nice part

8 days ago

Great short hike, no shade but fun waterfall at the end. The hike is pretty rocky so I don’t recommend strollers. Please do not park outside the gate saw several cars towed and dozens getting tickets...

8 days ago

Fun hike with the kids!

hiking
9 days ago

This is a nice hike. It’s all incline and the waterfall is nice. I went during a weekday where there is less foot traffic and we sat on the rock to enjoy the soothing waterfall. I would recommend it for anyone who is starting to hike since it’s a good 4 mile hike. Take lots of water because it can get very warm.

hiking
9 days ago

great hike!! my kids enjoyed the water at the end near the falls.

hiking
12 days ago

Easy hike up to the falls. Would be prettier if I could get past the trash people leave behind and the graffiti on the rocks...disappointing that people trash this place. Parking is a pain unless you get there super early.

hiking
13 days ago

It was a moderate challenge as a beginner from the midwest (where there are mostly flat trails) because the ground is uneven and the trail has some steeper inclines at some points in the trail. A lot of rocks and gravel, so have good shoes. -But- it was beautiful and only mildly crowded. The waterfall the the turnaround was a nice place to cool down and enjoy a pretty view.

hiking
13 days ago

This is a great trail to bring the family out and enjoy the sun! (No shade until you get to the water). Right off the bat, parking is at the beginning of the trail but the entrance is a little shady. There are some dips and bumps in the road that can mess up a small car so be prepared! The trail up is rocky with an incline but with the right shoes is doable! The beginning is not very scenic but once you’re into it, it’s very scenic. The only reason I give 4 stars is because of the graffiti at the falls and the carvings into the trees. The amount of traffic is also a downer. But great views, waterfalls, and an easy hike make it great for a family outing!

hiking
15 days ago

It was a beautiful hiking trail excellent for the kids. The waterfall was beautiful and peaceful. Great place to sit and relax and let the kids enjoy themselves in the water.

hiking
1 month ago

Done this one a few times now. It's a favorite to bring the kids. It's not easy for those that never workout but if you do it will be. Kids might complain on the way up but they get through it and love it at the end. There are multiple routes to the Falls, I recommend it. On hot days go early. Oh, and I did see a snake last May but it wasn't a rattlesnake. This is a good one. I took off 1 star because it's really rocky but that's not a complaint I'd just rather them not be there myself.

1 month ago

Beautiful falls at the end the trail, worth seeing

1 month ago

Great views. Waterfall was flowing. Just a bit rocky on the path

hiking
2 months ago

My son told me about this hike and him and I hiked to the waterfall. I personally wouldn't classify it as easy (pretty much uphill all the way to the falls) if you're in good shape it won't be a problem. If you're not in good shape this hike will have you sweating and sucking wind and feeling the need to stop and take a few breathers. It was a rewarding experience getting to the falls. A beautiful hike and I would highly recommend it. It was cool to get out with my son and hang out.

hiking
2 months ago

Wonderful! However trail is full sun until you get to the waterfall so don’t plan on doing this midday as we did! Views are definitely worth it though!

hiking
2 months ago

Fun, easy hike to a small waterfall. Disappointed with the amount of dog poo left on the trail and the graffiti at the water fall though.

hiking
2 months ago

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