Sapphire Falls. The worst hike in Southern California

Sapphire Falls in Rancho Cucamonga
This hike is currently closed. 



 Last week I hiked to Sapphire Falls in Rancho Cucamonga with some friends. I can say without hesitation that it was the most filthy, polluted and completely despoiled trail that I have ever hiked. There were heaps of trash several feet tall strewn along the trail. The canyon walls were so completely covered in graffiti that it looked more like a freeway underpass than a nature hike. A local hillbilly was actually burning huge piles of discarded bottles and wrappers in a very misguided attempt to clean up and the canyon was completely filled with the putrid black smoke from the burning plastic. We actually got into a verbal altercation with him when we put out his trash fire.There were hundreds of people hiking in the canyon in the 90+ degree heat and many of the groups I saw only had a single bottle of water to share between several people. With such a large number of people jammed into such a small space, I highly suspect that the water in the creek is too dangerous to swim in because of fecal bacteria. If you accidentally swallow a mouthful of creek water, you might end up in the hospital. In case you have Sapphire Falls on your 'to do' list, let me strongly suggest that you save yourself some heartache and skip it. This easily gets my vote for the worst hike in Southern California. I've read rumors online that the city is trying to block access to the canyon and discourage hikers by issuing parking tickets. I almost never agree that closing a hike is an appropriate course of action, but in the case of Sapphire Falls, it might be the only option.

7 comments:

  1. Your ridiculous. Your going to complain about a hike?? Really?? Just don't go to it. I go often..and its a great exercise. Wonderful hike!!

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    1. In the all times that you've visited this trail, how many times have you helped to pack out some of the trash?

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    2. They don't pack out anything. Trash is everywhere. People using residents yards as their bathrooms. If they as in the degenerates think it's the norm to trash nature and others neighborhoods I only ask in return. If the they would please leave their address so we can go graffiti, leave my trash and use their yard as my toilet!

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  2. Enjoy your hike life bites. Its only a matter of time before the canyon is completly closed because people can't respect nature.. Its not supposed to look your ghetto. With plans of being restored to its natural beauty and then it will be reopened with an enforcement station to screen all backpacks or any bags for graffiti writing material. Also drugs and alcohol.

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  3. Cucamonga Canyon (which includes Sapphire Falls) is now CLOSED due to extreme fire danger by the US Forest Service. This closure went into effect on 8/23/13. Trespassing fines now surge to up to $5,000 for an individual violation with the possibility of jail time.

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  4. I am hoping and praying that the canyon remains closed forever! I am so tired of the appalling lack of civility displayed by the mostly out of town "hikers." The canyon is now a reflection of urban decay filled with graffiti and trash. We owe it to the remaining wildlife in the area to protect their home. Residents should ban together to figure out away to restore the canyon and keep it that way. Please respect the residents and the wildlife and STAY AWAY.

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  5. Lets form a cleanup crew and go clean the trail and waterfall we can do it on a weekend

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