North Etiwanda Preserve

February 27, 2011
Nick, Sonya, Kathy, and I went on a dayhike Sunday up Etiwanda Canyon.  This area is protected by the county as a nature preserve and its claim to fame is one of the last protected areas of alluvial fan/sage scrub habitat in the San Gabriel and San Bernardino Mountains.  It borders the San Bernardino National Forest and right near the boundary is a beautiful waterfall.  It's composed of two tiers that were gushing on Sunday.  Photos I've seen show just a little dinky fall, but on Sunday it was quite impressive due to recent heavy rain and snow melt. 

None of us had done the trail before, but Nick knew which canyon the falls was located in, so we proceeded by just following this canyon upwards.  We had to bushwack quite a bit and ended up leaving the canyon at one point and finding a road to walk on.  Turns out we could've just followed this road from the beginning, had we known.  But oh well, our way was more of a challenge :p   And still led to the reward of the waterfall as well as views of the snow on the high peaks of the Cucamonga Wilderness and several types of wildflowers blooming.   It was also a very clear day and freshly fallen snow on the peaks in the San Bernardino, San Jacinto, and Santa Ana Mountains made the views tremendously beautiful :)

In all the hike was a round trip of 4 miles or so with just shy of 1,000' elevation gain.  We all had a good time enjoying the sunshine and spray.  Afterwards we went to Bass Pro Shop and then to a late lunch/early dinner at Richie's Diner. 

Here are some photos...

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Keller, San Bernardino, San Gorgonio,
and San Jacinto Peaks in the distance