Trail

Bonita Falls

Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Length: 2.00 mi.
Type: Out & Back

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This trail is a family friendly adventure! The trail is less defined than most Southern CA trails and rocky since you will be walking in a wash. This means toddlers will need more help walking or it may be easier to carry them most of the way. Once you find a good spot to park, descend down the embankment. During high water you will need to find a safe place to ford the creek; it is easy to be knocked down by the strong current in water any higher than mid-calf. Look for shallow water to cross. From there you will head up the canyon for about 3/4 of a mile. On the left side of the canyon will be some trees with a defined trail to take you to the falls. You will need to ascend steep, rocky stairs to reach the alcove that hides the falls. Once you arrive, make your own assessment as to the risk involved to get to the bottom of the falls. Bonita Falls are absolutely stunning during a high water year (best time to go is in the spring after the first several rainstorms).

This trail can be a bit tricky, this is the trail guide I use for directions: https://californiathroughmylens.com/bonita-falls-lytle-creek

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Trail Features

Carrier needed No
Stroller friendly No
ADA accessible No
Water fountains No
Bathrooms No
Pet friendly No
Nearby convenience store No
Camping Nearby No
Emergency support
within 5 miles
Yes

Trail highlights

Creek / River and Waterfall

A rocky trail requires minor route finding to a large waterfall!

Fee & Parking Details

Fee : $5.00

There is no defined parking lot, just gravel shoulders alongside the road.

You will need an Adventure Pass for parking. I recommend buying one ahead of time, but they are also available at the local Ranger Station (check hours ahead of time). For more info: https://socalhiker.net/where-you-need-an-adventure-pass-in-southern-california/

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My name is Nicole Dominick, and I’ve been hiking with Hike it Baby since May 2016 with my daughter. She is now 3 years old and has hiked over 400 miles! She has been carried for most of those miles, but we enjoy every journey. We were both born and raised in Southern CA but recently moved to Colorado Springs, CO.

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