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Cucamonga Canyon – “Sapphire Falls” – Rancho Cucamonga Community Updates

Cucamonga Canyon – “Sapphire Falls”
Enjoy your time in the canyon while following some advice
Map of approved trail to Cucamonga Canyon

If you are visiting Cucamonga Canyon you will most likely enter through the City of Rancho Cucamonga. The only legal way to enter or leave the canyon is on Skyline Road. Skyline Road is located at the top of Sapphire Road and runs north from Almond Street. All of the land to the west of Skyline Road and south of the second forestry gate (including the wash) is private property. If you utilize private property to enter or exit the canyon, you are subject to arrest or citation for trespassing. The police department is working in the canyon every weekend to enforce all laws.

The City of Rancho Cucamonga wants you to enjoy your time in the canyon, but offers the following advice.

  1. Stay on the main trail (Skyline Road).
  2. Remember; if you leave the main trail you must have a way to get back. Many of the routes to Sapphire Falls are easy to get down, but nearly impossible to get back up.
  3. Stay away from steep rocky trails to avoid injury.
  4. Take water and wear appropriate hiking shoes.
  5. Park only in legal areas to avoid parking citations.

The City of Rancho Cucamonga understands your desire to hike and enjoy the canyon. The city promotes healthy activities such as hiking, but must also protect the rights of property owners in and around the canyon. Trespassing, illegal parking, littering and graffiti are just a few of the problems common to the canyon. Let’s all work together and make the canyon a safe and fun place to visit.

Rancho Cucamonga Police
(909) 477-2800

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2 thoughts on “Cucamonga Canyon – “Sapphire Falls” – Rancho Cucamonga Community Updates

  1. This canyon is now closed to all the public due to extreme fire risk. U.S. Forestry Service closed over one thousand acres.

  2. Cucamonga Canyon (which includes Sapphire Falls) is now closed by order of the U.S. Forest Service (effective 8/23/2013) until further notice due to extreme fire hazard. Fines for trespassing can be up to $5,000 and include jail time. This is a serious closure due to conditions.

    US Forest Service
    San Bernardino National Forest
    602 S. Tippecanoe Ave San Bernardino, CA 92408
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: John Miller (909) 382-2788

    Cucamonga Canyon Closed Due to Extreme Fire Danger
    San Bernardino, Calif., August 22, 2013 – Midnight tonight the San Bernardino National Forest is closing Cucamonga Canyon to all public use.
    Forest officials have evaluated the conditions in the area and made the determination that a full closure of the canyon due to severe drought, extremely dry conditions and limited evacuation and escape routes out of the canyon in the event of a wildland fire. The 1650 acre closure will remain in effect until significant rainfall reduces the threat of wildland fire. Cucamonga Canyon is in its second year of severe drought with only 25% of normal precipitation in this current rain year. Combined with extended period of high temperatures has resulted in live fuel moistures below the critical level. This creates a condition where the fuels become very receptive to fire. “When you factor in that this year Southern California wildfires have demonstrated extreme fire behavior, rapidly burning several thousand acres in areas of similar fuel types and conditions, our best course of action is to close the area,” Stated District Ranger Gabe Garcia. . “The Rancho Cucamonga Fire District’ supports the temporary closure of Cucamonga Canyon. We’re facing potentially extreme fire conditions and when you consider the limited access in and out of the canyon, it’s a high risk area for both visitors and emergency responders,” stated Mike Bell, Fire Chief for
    Rancho Cucamonga Fire Protection District. Rancho Cucamonga City Manager John Gillison noted, “In the interest of public safety, we feel that the limited duration closure of Cucamonga Canyon is the most prudent action to take at this time as we are in the midst of an especially hazardous fire season.”
    US Forest Service officers and the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department will aggressively enforce the closure area and the penalty can be punishable by a fine up to $5000 for an individual or $10,000 for an organization or imprisonment for not more than six months, or both.

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