Pets allowed
Not Allowed
Elevation Gain
775.00 ft (236.22 m)
Trail type
Loop
Distance
3.50 mi (5.63 km)
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The North Etiwanda Preserve loop trail is one of two popular hiking routes at the preserve - the other being the trail to Etiwanda Falls.

Established in 1998 as a habitat preservation area, the North Etiwanda Preserve today contains over 1200 acres of space. Much of this effort was in response to the expansion and increased development around the 210 freeway through Rancho Cucamonga. Today, the preserve provides essential habitat for the coastal California gnatcatcher.

As the waterfall trail tends to be far more popular, hikers can head through the left gate at the top of the parking area to start on the loop. The trail gradually rises to views over the metro area and becomes increasingly wild feeling as the development and city views fall further and further behind you. 

Several shelters and benches are along the trail, providing interpretive signs describing the area's natural and cultural history, as well as shaded views of the surrounding open space.

Upon reaching the high point, at about 600 feet in elevation gain from the trailhead, the massive scale of the San Gabriel Mountains and the large wash area become clear, and the city feels like a distant hum. Fewer hikers make the complete loop, and you'll likely find yourself with a little bit of quiet up here. As the trail descends toward the east, it eventually joins up with the waterfall trail and heads back to the parking area.

No dogs are allowed within the preserve. There is no water or bathrooms at the preserve.

Information and seasonal hours can be found at the North Etiwanda Preserve website.

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Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Winter
Spring
Fall

Congestion

High

Parking Pass

None

Open Year-round

Yes

Pros

Excellent views of region.

Cons

Little shade on hike.

Trailhead Elevation

2,075.00 ft (632.46 m)

Highest point

2,685.00 ft (818.39 m)

Features

Vault toilet
Big vistas
Family friendly
Wildflowers

Typically multi-day

No

Permit required

No

Location

Nearby Adventures

San Gabriel + San Bernardino Mountains, California
San Gabriel + San Bernardino Mountains, California
San Gabriel + San Bernardino Mountains, California

Nearby Lodging + Camping

Silverwood Lake State Recreation Area
Angeles National Forest, San Gabriel Mountains

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