Etiwanda Falls: North Etiwanda Preserve

With the hike to Sapphire Falls becoming harder and harder to easily get to, I wanted to spotlight some of the other close waterfalls that are just as awesome but less surrounded in legal problems. The first on this list is Etiwanda Falls above the Etiwanda Nature Preserve. Check out my review and how to get there below. Remember: Leave the place as you found it! We do not need graffiti here like at Sapphire Falls.

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Details

  • 5 mile hike with 800 feet of elevation
  • Street parking is free but can fill up fast on the weekends
  • Will get hot in the summer and there is not much shade till you get to the falls

Getting There

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From the dirt parking area right near the Etiwanda Preserve sign you will proceed north on the dirt path. This path winds around and passes the small information pavilion for the Nature preserve but you do not spend much time on the preserve trail as you are pretty much going around it.

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When you get to the three-way fork in the road you will be taking the trail in the middle which heads up and past a road block. There was a painted sign when we were there showing this was the path to the waterfall.

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From here the trail proceeds uphill the entire way. This is when it can get hot in the summer as there is no shade on this trail. The footing is bare rocks so make sure you are careful with your steps, but the road itself is wide and easy to follow.

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You will hit another fork in the road but you will want to stay right and go up into the small little canyon that is starting to form with water down the canyon to your right.

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When you get to the top of this area you will see the small drain that shows you are going the right way. When you get here you are really close to the falls. Continue up on the dirt road and in about a quarter of a mile you will see the top of the falls.

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From here you can explore the 15 foot falls and walk down the side to get a better view. Watch out though as there is a massive drop at the end of the falls which forms a bigger falls that is hard to get to and see.

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The area above the falls is also really beautiful with two brooks combining to funnel the water into the falls.

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If you want to get a good view of the big falls you can walk down the steep dirt area about 20 feet back on the trail to get to its base; however, I would not recommend this as when I tried it was really steep and not very easy to manage since there is no real trail here.

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Once you are done simply proceed back the way you came, finishing off a great little hike that takes you to a nice little waterfall. If you want to go grab directions below and make sure to leave me a comment.

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  • Karen Shum

    great blog Josh! I’ve just been on this trail this morning and the pictures/directions you gave to the falls was very helpful.

    It’ll be great if u can also show which route u chose after reaching the small drain because I went down the right side and well, had a nice little off-trail adventure.

    Great day! Thanks 🙂

    • Thanks for the comment and for the suggestion on the route!

    • Mary Norton

      Me too Karen, I just asked Josh where that road is, bushwhacking is exhausting! however the creek and canyon were lovely. I was wondering why I was alone 🙂

  • Kaitlyn M Brown

    Just did it this morning, loved it!! Highly reccomend going early as there were a lot of people at 7:30 am

    • Thanks for the comment and the recommendation!

  • Mary Norton

    Ok Josh, I have to go back, I must have taken a wrong turn. I followed the small column that has the word waterfall in blue written on it. I went past the drain and large tree. I followed the creek bed up the canyon as far as I could until I had to turn around. Too much bushwhacking! I couldn’t find the trail after it reached the old rock building that measures the water level. I apparently did what Karen did a couple comments down!

    • I am not 100% but it could be because you were walking along the creek bed. I seem to remember that when you go about a half mile you start heading up on a trail that looks down on the creek bed so that could have been the problem…

      • Mary Norton

        Thanks, I’m going back.

        • Great! Let me know if this worked for you or not.

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