Hike to Etiwanda Falls near Rancho Cucamonga, California

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The Etiwanda Falls is a 5.5 km or 3.4 miles long trail in Rancho Cucamonga, California. On this trail, you can witness awe-inspiring, magnificently gushing waterfalls, beautiful valley views, and experience the ultimate thrill of hiking. It takes about 2.5-3 hours for a return trip with an elevation gain of 803 feet or 245 meters. This trail is easy difficult with a maximum altitude above sea level as 2815 or 858. This is a loop trail which starts and ends at Etiwanda Falls Trailhead.


803 ft


5.5 km


1.0 Day








Etiwanda Falls Trailhead



Terrain Information & Trail Conditions

The Etiwanda Falls trail can be termed as medium difficulty in terms of the inclination of the route. This trail is great for a cardio workout. You can visit this trail all year round. The sun exposure along the trail is extreme owing to the little to no shade throughout the route. The weather conditions are usually dry, hot, and extremely windy.

The visibility of this trail is not straight forward. This means that you must carry a physical map and a compass, or a digital route in your phone. In any case, please be careful to not miss any directions along the way. The traffic on this trail is high and there are no restrictions on the number of people allowed on a given day. Please note that this is not a well maintained trail. Therefore, hiking trails can be rough, broken, rocky, and uneven surface, as they can not maintained regularly as walking paths in cities. Always make sure you have proper shoes in order to avoid injuries and provide comfort to your feet.

Who Can Visit This Trail?

A little Girl Hiking in Jungle with leashed Dog

Rancho Cucamonga, California is suitable to bring dogs along. However, please ensure that they are fit enough to embark on this hike. Your dogs cannot communicate this but when they are hiking alongside you, they require frequent hydration just like you do. Keep them hydrated and well-fed. Additionally, it’s always safer to keep them on the leash.

This is a kid-friendly hike which means it is easy/moderate grade, short, and comes with a lot of rewards. That said, always take into consideration you kid’s ability to walk and carry lots and lots of food and water.

If you love watching birds then you’re going to love this place. You can find varieties of birds like the Grey crowned crane.

Entry Information & Parking Details

The park timings are 6:30 AM to 6:00 PM. The entry fees for this is $5 which can be paid at the entrance of the park. Parking facilities are not available Camping is not permitted along the trail. You can communicate with the park authorities for the details on this number: 909-387-5940.

Route Description

San Bernardino National Park

Etiwanda Falls Elevation Profile

How to Reach the Trail-head?

You can drive your car up until this point. Use GPS to get to this point. If you follow the directions correctly, you can get here easily.

Resources and Facilities Available

I recommend you to carry 2-3 litres of water when you’re hiking on this trail because there are no sources of water available.

Safety Guidelines

Pay attention to road and trail closure signage. Sightings of snakes such as Rattlesnake have been done in this area so keep an eye out for these reptiles. Never try to intimidate the snakes. Wild animals found in this region are Coyote, Mountain Lion. Stay safe and have a word with the local authorities to take precautionary measures for dealing with the wild animals.

As long as you are aware about the route and are carrying either a physical map or a digital map, you can do this hike pretty much on your own without hiring any guide.

There are no specific technical requirements for this hike.

Things to carry

In addition to the usual hiking gear, we recommend you pack a sun & wind protection.

Here is the list of typical hiking gear that you must carry for all the hikes:

  1. 2-3 Liters of water
  2. Sun hat or cap
  3. Good Hiking boots
  4. Light snacks to munch on during breaks, Trail Mix, Fresh fruits / Dried fruits such as dates, figs / Nuts mix, etc. for eating along on the trail
  5. Personal medications and a first-aid kit
  6. Sun goggles
  7. Wet tissues
  8. Cameras (optional)
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