Nestled in the Etiwanda foothills is The Etiwanda Falls hike. Part of the North Etiwanda Preserve, it is a nice out and back hike suitable for the whole family. After going out and back head west from the trail and continue the rest of the preserve hike. 3.22 miles more. Or make it a REAL hike and add the Day Creek Gauging Station on the northwest corner of the preserve. Lots of great scenery and photo oppritunities. There are also many informational markers along the way to explain the significance of this area in its roll of water supply to the Inland Empire.
To make the hike longer and more photogenic, you can follow the NEP loop hike to the guaging station in Day Canyon.
Very exposed trail for most of the way, and almost all uphill on the way. A bit of a stretch for the absolute beginner, but not too tough for anyone who's in decent shape. Despite a previous reviewer's comments, this is not technically a dog-friendly trail. No horses or dogs are officially allowed, although you would never know it by the number of people who ignored the signs.
Apparently there must be some gold left in them thar hills, because there was a couple camped out right at the head of the falls who appeared to be prospecting. Visited on Mar 23, 2013
The first tie we went we never made it to the falls. Got frustrated with the climb and gave up about half way. We took a side trail and had a nice level walk. The second time we went, we committed ourselves to get to the falls and we made it! It took about 2 hours to go up and back; with a little break at the falls to rest. It's quite an elevation climb if your not used to it. I recommend using a walking stick or trekking pole for light stability. Much of the trail is loose rock. Sunscreen is a must, not much shade until you get to the waterfall. We went early morning to beat the crowds and the heat of the day. Visited on Feb 28, 2013
Overall an enjoyable hike, I recommend it for first time hikers. Family friendly and dog friendly, just a bit of a rocky and dusty hike to the falls. It gets pretty hot, so bring a lot of water. Also, if you decide to go adventuring down small trails once at the falls, watch out for poison oak. Visited on Apr 04, 2013
Its an awesome place to have a picnic. Its kind of a dry dusty hike up, but once your there it is worth it. Nice and cool and shady. great views. Bring water or a way to filter the water from the falls. Its a thirsty one. Visited on Mar 08, 2013
I stopped at the North Etiwanda Preserve to hike to the waterfall and it was a good hike. The waterfalls were running quite nicely, and I was able to get some great photos and video. There were a lot of people here for a Monday, but it was Presidents' Day so there were some people off work. Visited on Feb 21, 2011