Bonita Falls Trail

MODERATE 189 reviews

Bonita Falls Trail is a 1.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Rancho Cucamonga, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

1.5 miles 403 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips






wild flowers


old growth

over grown


Remember to stop at the Ranger Station or AMPM for your daily parking pass- $5.

35 seconds ago

it was very easy and fun! the hike itself is pretty neat.. other than the graffiti which sucks but the waterfall is pretty incredible. I would say it's sort of kid friendly but has alot of granite rocks for about 70% of the trip. then it gets easier towards the end. over all I think it's a great hike !

4 days ago

6 days ago

Fun little hike to a beautiful waterfall! Make sure you keep going to the real waterfall though!! Sad there's so much graffiti :(

7 days ago

9 days ago

Perfect weather today. Carried my son in his carrier strapped on me. The first part is a lot of rocks so be careful some of the are wobbly. So much water flowing down the fall. It was beautiful today.

12 days ago

13 days ago

It was a great hike easy
very rocky but worth it the view was amazing and relaxing
I would go again

13 days ago

fun hike, lots of rocks so be prepared. trail to water fall is beautiful and once you reach the water fall.... gorgeous! go now while the rains are filling up these waterfalls.
#hikebox is planted by these falls.

14 days ago

17 days ago

We loved the water fall!! Super fun hike. You are walking over rocks the entire time, but my 3 year old was able to do it. Good times

19 days ago

A few Quick Points
-Adventure Pass Needed
-Shoes with good Traction
-And strong ankles

Okay just use your GPS to find the parking. Once you pass the Ranger Station on the left you'll come to a parking area that has a Porta Potti. Park here and walk down the embankment. You'll do three River crossings. Try to make your way towards to Canyon wall and just keep walking up.

Once you get towards to tree's then you'll start to see the Trail to the Falls. the Mile Hike before the Trail head is brutal on the ankles. So wear ankle supporting shoes. You'll be walking over rocks that are on sand. So your feet will constantly be shifting.

To get to the Falls themselves you will be doing a little Rock and Boulder climbing but nothing too hard.

Hope this review Helps.

2 months ago

3 months ago

Gorgeous views. Encountered Bighorn sheep which were absolutely incredible. This was a moderate hike and fairly short. The waterfall was absolutely gorgeous. The graffiti does take away from the beauty but with the gorgeous scenery, you're able to see beyond that. Will definitely do this hike again.

3 months ago

it was a nice short trail, very very rocky but once you push past it its well worth the struggle. it's a bit difficult to find if it's your first time as it was mine today, and I went alone. you will need an adventure pass, which u can pick up at the Ranger Station on the way up. once you do that, the trail is just about half a mile up the road, the station also has maps on finding it, but they aren't to scale so they help to find the trail but not much help as far as guiding you along. best advice I can give is download the area on Google maps and then hug the side of the mountain and follow the graffiti (it's a huge shame how much graffiti and litter there is btw... like.. there's a TON...) It's easy to overshoot the spot you're supposed to turn in at if your not hugging the mountain, I did today, and had to turn back and find it :P . I uploaded a map that I screenshotted on Google that I hope helps. basically, you gotta turn in to a small thin trail RIGHT at the base of the treeline. overall, the waterfall is very nice, and it's a great beginner hike. just wish the graffiti and litter was kept under control :/

4 months ago

It was AMAZING!!!! The trail was a bit tough for my 2 year old and 1 year old but nothing they couldn't handle ;) once we got to the water fall, it was breath kids loooved it (12, 8, 2, & 1 year old) enjoyed every second of it. We will definitely come back in Spring.

5 months ago

The waterfall is more of a trickle. The graffiti is a HUGE disappointment and most people on the trail hiked to smoke weed, drink beer and eat food. The mountains are always a beautiful sight but the graffiti and the trash completely take away from the beauty of nature. If you are a Raiders fan this hike is perfect for you.

5 months ago

5 months ago

Differently worth the rocky hike. Took my 3 year old "above average for a 3 year old" loved it. Besides the tagging it's a lot of fun. DIRECTIONS- go up the main road 1st hiking sign you see. Park car in front of the trash cans. Cross the little stream to the rocking trail. Follow the trail on the left side. You will hit a sign that is full of tagging. Keep going and you'll see it. Keep falling the stream.

5 months ago

Went today 9/9/16.

Not really much of a defined trail, rocks everywhere. Make sure to bring watertight shoes cause you'll have to cross a nice little stream. Careful with the broken glass bottles, people suck. There's some trash along the way, plastic bags full of em left in trees. If you make it to the top the waterfall is great! Water is cold. Make sure you're going in the right direction, me and my dog overshot it quite a bit and had to head back through rocky terrain. Stop by the ampm/arco right above the 15 freeway to pickup the day adventure pass for $5 so you can park.

Update: Went again today (9/16/2016) and saw quite a few mountain goats!

5 months ago

Easy little hike. Should take about an hour total. Not very well marked so just keep walking straight back, or follow the graffiti.