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Hike the Etiwanda Falls Trail

  • 3.5 miles - Moderate Effort
  • 2 Hours (Total)
  • 790 Total Feet of Climbing
  • Max Elevation of 2,825 feet
  • No Dogs Allowed

The Etiwanda Falls Trail hike feels like you're a world away from the nearby LA suburbs. Starting in North Etiwanda Preserve, you gently hike up through the foothills of the San Bernardino Mountains, with glimpses of the prominent mountain peaks along the way. After a short 1.6 miles, you'll reach Etiwanda Falls, tucked into a shady canyon. The trail is easy to follow, the workout is good, and the scenery is beautiful.

In this Guide:
  • Turn by Turn Directions & Video For the Hike
  • How to Get to the Etiwanda Falls Trail & Parking
  • What to Know Before You Go

Where is the Etiwanda Falls Trail?

Although there is plenty of parking at North Etiwanda Preserve, the trails are very popular, and spaces fill up quickly. I recommend doing this hike at 630am when the park opens. There are no bathrooms at the trailhead.

Use this trailhead address:
North Etiwanda Preserve, 4890 Etiwanda Ave, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91739

North Etiwanda Preserve Hours
Double check the park website to confirm these opening hours.
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North Etiwanda Preserve is easy to find on most maps and is well maintained.
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There is a huge parking lot which will fill up on weekends and busy periods. If you park outside of the lot, be careful of the no-parking zones.
Etiwanda Falls Trail Parking
Finding the right trail can be confusing at the start. Go straight through from the parking lot for the trail to Etiwanda Falls.

It looks like you have to pay for parking now, which is done through an app that is promoted at the parking lot. The fee is $3.25 for 4 hours.  Thanks to reader Weston B. for the update!

Gear for the Hike

I recommend wearing light hiking gear for this hike. In a pinch you can get away with fitness clothing. The trail is wide and easy to follow, but rocky, so trail runners or hiking boots will work best. If you have sandals it will be tough. The route is also exposed and in the summer can get very hot; bring 1L of water and sunscreen.

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Most of the trail surface is rock like this, so wear shoes that can handle it.

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Etiwanda Falls Trail Maps

Although the trail is easy to follow, there are other trails at the park and random signs with arrows and hikers at multiple points. Sometimes it can get confusing. Follow the directions below to get to Etiwanda Falls. There's a trail map on the park website (at the top of this guide) if you want to explore the other trails.

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Use This Map:
View in CalTopo | PDF Map | GPX File

Elevation Profile

Etiwanda Falls Hike Elevation

3D Map

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The hike climbs gently, but it's not a big mountain uphill. Etiwanda Falls sit at the end of Etiwanda Canyon.

Hike Brief

George Day Cabin Ruins
If you have the time, you can explore the other trails of North Etiwanda Preserve, which include an interpretive center and ruins of an early settler, George Day. Photo Wayne Hsieh

Etiwanda Falls Trail Hike Directions

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Go straight through the gate at the far end of the parking lot. There are signs with hikers pointing in other directions; they are for other trails.
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The trail is wide and easy to follow.
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Go straight through the intersection with the stone post.
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To the left at that intersection is a pavilion that hosts some interpretive displays. It only takes a minute to hike there if you want to check them out.
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Otherwise continue straight on the trail. There are a couple of these trail markers with distance and elevation along the way.
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You'll pass an interpretive display about the early water pipelines.
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At the next junction go straight through. The signs of hikers left and right on the stone pillar is a little confusing.
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You'll go through a gate and starting hiking uphill.
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Look for glimpses of the high peaks as you hike up the trail here.
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At the next intersection, go straight through. You're actually in San Bernardino National Forest now.
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Another intersection, keep going straight.
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The trail levels off here and you get incredible views up Etiwanda Canyon.
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When you get to the water overflow drain, keep left and follow the trail uphill.
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And after a short uphill you'll reach Etiwanda Falls! Feel free to explore the area but be careful on the wet rocks.

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This Guide Was Written by Cris Hazzard

Cris Hazzard 4 Mile Trail Yosemite
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