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Etiwanda Falls

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 3.5 (26) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

An out-and-back hike to the beautiful Etiwanda Falls from the North Etiwanda Preserve.


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3.3

Miles

5.3

KM

Out and Back

2,815' 858 m

High

2,064' 629 m

Low

747' 228 m

Up

751' 229 m

Down

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

15%

Max Grade (8°)

Dogs No Dogs

Features Birding · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildlife

No dogs. Open from sunrise to sunset.

Overview

This out-and-back, up-and-down hike makes for a terrific excursion just outside of San Bernardino and Rancho Cucamonga. The doubletrack Etiwanda Falls Road heads due north out of the North Etiwanda Preserve toward the hills of the San Bernardino National Forest, ending at a small oasis surrounding the falls.

Description

To get to the trailhead, drive to the top of Etiwanda Ave and park in the rocky lot. Hike around the gate and start on the N. Etiwanda Preserve Primary Trail Loop, going north and up the whole time. The lefthand turnoff continues the loop, however, for this hike, stay on the Etiwanda Falls Road to the north.

The fire road continues for another mile up along East Etiwanda Creek, until it culminates at the falls. Depending on the time of year and the precipitation, the falls can vary greatly in their intensity. Though it's no Niagra, this spot makes for a beautiful afternoon with cool water to relax in.

From the falls, head back the way you came, except this time around, it's all downhill.

Contacts

Shared By:

Zander Göpfert with improvements by Frida Ortega

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  3.5 from 26 votes

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North Etiwanda Preserve (Paulina and Cassie).
Mar 3, 2016 near Rancho…, CA

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Oct 11, 2021
Freddy Bradley
Discovered the hidden falls. Will explore more when I have time. 3.3mi
Apr 10, 2021
Rick Wang
Oct 30, 2020
Dewayne Gadison
May 20, 2020
Lindsey Towner
Beautiful but graffiti
Mar 14, 2020
Chris Torres
Feb 17, 2020
Remy Nevarez
Apr 28, 2019
Beverly E
Parking lot is small! Arrive early to get parking! 3mi
Feb 18, 2019
Doug Rowland