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Etiwanda Falls

Intermediate
 3.4 (25) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

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


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3.3

Miles

5.3

KM

81%

Runnable

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 run 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.

Runner Notes

Good for trail running!

Description

To get to the trailhead, drive to the top of Etiwanda Ave and park in the rocky lot. Run 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 run, 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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  3.4 from 25 votes

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  3.4 from 25 votes
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North Etiwanda Preserve (Paulina and Cassie).
Mar 3, 2016 near Rancho…, CA

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Mar 20, 2019
Stacy Barnes
We ran up to the falls (2nd), then down around the rocky loop 6mi — 1h 36m
Jun 14, 2018
Nate Clark
combined with Etiwanda Primary Loop 5mi
Jun 13, 2018
Nate Clark
Mar 4, 2017
Ray Michael
Sep 22, 2016
Lino Fabris
Steady grade to the falls and the trail is easy to follow. If you continue on past the falls it becomes pretty technical, especially on the way down. 3.6mi