NORTH ETIWANDA PRESERVE
NEAR RANCHO CUCAMONGA
Activity: Day Hike, Chasing Waterfalls
3.5 miles, 800′ elevation gain, 2 hour duration, rated Moderate
It’s a steady climb up the foothills towards the mountain. The hike is straight forward through green hills with the snow capped mountains beckoning, shinning brightly, just beyond. Upon arriving at Etiwanda Falls I discovered that it does not show off as much as other falls. Only the top portion of it is visible as there is a steep canyon that twists just out of sight. The only way to view beyond the first two drops would be either via rock climbing harness repelling over the side or maybe a drone.
That being said what is visible is still pretty special. The winter storms brought plenty of rain and snow, feeding the falls in the most glorious way. Etiwanda Falls is quite a picturesque setting. The streams feed it in a broad area adorned with trees and rocks. It really is exquisite. I did attempt to see more of the falls, but without much success as even spots that a glimpse might be possible it is more or less blocked by the steep canyon walls, trees and brush.
Always yearning to see what is just beyond I continued passed Etiwanda Falls following the left fork. What I experienced was a lovely journey along the following stream with only trees and the sound of the rushing water. It was a beautiful trek to a smaller falls, very calming and delightful.
I made my way back along the babbling brook to Etiwanda Falls and then headed up the right fork. There was a good amount of rock hopping involved with multiple crossing to be maneuvered. My journey up the two different forks of the stream added an additional mile and a half to the hike and a couple hundred extra feet in elevation, but was thoroughly enjoyable. I will concede that some of that 1.5 extra miles was me walking around in circles trying to find the best way across a couple difficult crossing not wanting to get my feet wet. The furthest part of my hike did bring me to traces of snow even at these lower elevations.
There was some graffiti which I absolutely deplore. If I hear that there is a lot of graffiti I just mark that hike off of my list. The further I went off the beaten path the more prevalent it became. I suppose with less people around taggers and gang members can do their evil deeds ruining nature for everyone. In my pictures and video I did the best I could to avoid the sad sight. Luckily around Etiwanda Falls itself, where there would be people, it wasn’t too bad.
Even for a Friday there were a good amount of people on the hike. My understanding is that ramps up to crowded on the weekends. There is a descent sized dirt parking lot that on the weekends does fill up. It costs $3 for half day.
Thanks for joining me ‘Pursuing Balance Through Adventure’ in the foothills leading up to a beautiful flowing waterfall. The sound of the crashing water is always so wonderful and does so much to bring life into Balance… Thank you Nature! Stay tuned for more by doing a few easy things: COMMENT, LIKE, FOLLOW and SHARE. The menu above will show many or the areas that PBTA travels to in order to bring ideas of adventure to you when you are planning your next outing in Nature. The menu is categorized mostly by location. Each is a separate website and thus needs to be FOLLOWED independently. If you like the cap I am wearing they are available at my Adventure Wear site: SHOP APPAREL.
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