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was the best back in the mid 90's

hiking
3 days ago

Beautiful hike. Felt like I was going through different climates at certain stages. The rope down to the falls can be iffy but once your down there its gorgeous. There was some water on the falls but not gushing.

hiking
3 days ago

Definately a place to check off the list & a unique site as the 2nd tallest waterfall in the NF, but go with expectations. This is NOT a hiker's hike. You will encounter grafitti, trash, sewage, loud human noises, partiers & the trail inexperienced (read: don't know trail ettiquette). While it's rated moderate for the rocks & a short hill, it's fairly easy. Kids & small dogs could make it.

It’s amazing.

Thanks for the update, Tyler!

Very fun and interesting trail. Really cute waterfall and something really nice to see during the winter!

Decided just to walk into the gate of the mining company, knowing I'd be stopped by security. Soon as that happened I asked if I could speak to whoever was in charge to ask some questions about the trail.

Spoke to the manager of operations where he explained the fire and why it's closed, but also the city hasn't made any effort to fix the trail and probably won't by how bad it is.

I asked for him to take me as far as he can with supervision, just so i can see the trail because i own a landscaping company and I'd love to fix it for free just to open it back up (I dont though shhh.)

So he brought me as far as he could take me, the trail is severely messed up, had to use ropes to get across some areas, making it nearly impossible to get to the Falls and extremely dangerous with 20-30ft shear drops on un-stable ground.

My best advice is to not even try a way around or even going when they're closed. It's way too risky. Also they believe this trail will be permanently closed.

Sorry Everyone :(

It’s was great, I was really cold though. I mean it’s winter. To the guy below. I really want to see proof.

Great hike with variations over landscapes, vegetation, and elevation. Wish to see more water falling in my next visit.

Incredible that this year-round waterfall is only 30 minutes away from the home I grew up in and didn't discover it until years after. This is a beautiful adventure on the mostly paved road. Getting to the lower section of the falls is a breeze, just follow the paved road up until you get to the first viewpoint of the falls then take the flat dirt path down to the lower section of the falls.

If you are up for a little bit of "canyoneering" you can bear right at the dirt road and head up the rocks to the upper levels of the falls. If you have never seen it or cannot see it, I got some sick drone footage of the waterfall in its entirety here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y59ftztT7mU (towards the end)

Unfortunately, a ton of graffiti. Very rocky. Wonderful spot all year!

Love the hike!!
Was just wondering if anyone would know if the trail is open

great little hike, mostly paved until the last stretch to the falls that requires a little climbing and sliding down rocks. my husband, puppy, and i took the wrong way and ended up downstream and walked up the stream to the falls which i was happy to get lost over. nice water flow from the falls.

Great little trail. Paved and easy until you get to the very end, where it’s a little shimmying over rocks on a steep area for about 7 ft.

Five stars to how dramatic the guy is below me.

hiking
1 month ago

It was an easy hike, and most of the way to the falls is a paved road. It was a great short hike with kids (5 & 10 year olds). The path to the falls is a bit sketchy. This trail also connects to more trails on Mount Baldy, if you want you can continue up the paved road past the turnout for the falls. There is a campground near the trailhead and a large parking lot with a pit toilet. You need an adventure pass to park and can't buy it at the lot. (I think they're available at the ranger station down the hill.)

Easy paved trail with a gradual incline. Lots of loose gravel by the path (0.3mi) to the waterfall. Trail has a really nice waterfall at the end. Well maintained, I didn't see much trash on the trail.

Where or where do I even begin... Firstly, regardless of what's written here or everyone else who spoke their minds... let me tell you how this trail led to me and my wife almost dying. It all started when we found the semi trail, I say semi because let's face it, it was barely a trail to begin with. Dead leaves and trees everywhere, making it almost impossible to know if you're going the right way or not, and making it hard to keep going. Now this next part I will admit is more our fault than the trails and I should have known better being an avid hiker, but needless to say, I was feeling adventurous and thought, let's do it. As a quick side note, I don't know how so many people took pictures of this "Lewis Falls" but there isn't any waterfall at the end of this hell road, just lots of rocks. As we get far enough, mind you we got there pretty late, it was roughly 3:45pm, we decide to hike up the steep incline, thinking if we get a better view we'll find it or at least get to a road or path. That was a grave mistake. As we climb our way up, on our hands and knees, not looking down for fear of our lives, the sun starts to set. We finally make it to the top and it was not what we were expecting. A bunch of small trees with thorns and branches everywhere making it really hard to get through. Not a path, and not a way to see anything aside from the city which seemed like was one thousand miles away. As we brawl our way through the thick brush, getting scratched up and cutting our pants and hands and legs, there was even a branch that hit my left eye which was very bad. My contact broke without me realizing and it was excruciatingly painful. We reach the semi top and find a spot were there were less of those thorned bastards, and decided to wait it out til morning where we will make our dangerous ascent back down. It was cold, we were running out of food and water, and my eye and arms and legs were throbbing as were my wife's as well. The night seemed to drag on forever as the sun refused to come up and while she was able to sleep for a few hours I stayed very much awake in case of any animal noises that were too close. I kept looking out at the city of Azusa and was determined that this will not be the night my flame gets extinguished. Time had never gone so slow in my life and my appreciation for being surrounded by people and buildings began to increase steadily. Now, I'm sure many people go camping and to them it's not a big deal, to stay in the mountains over night, but with little resources and no fire, and the thought and possibility of not safely returning home, it was very rough, and I know that many people have been stranded before, and so I can now be a part of that statistic. As cars were passing far away we signaled with our flashlights and screamed HELP, but no one stopped. We realized we were on our own. Somehow my wife managed to get a signal and we called 911. We told them where we were and just before the decision was made to get a helicopter, her signal faded and the call was lost. The sun finally slowly manages to peak through the horizon my body made movements before I could even think. I was breaking branches and clearing a path for us so we can get through without damaging ourselves more. We make it to the edge and start to slowly but carefully slide down. As we reach close to the bottom we hear voices and it was the Search and Rescue Team. We tell them we are fine and are coming down. They inform us to stay where we are and a helicopter is coming. I was worried it would be an expensive ride so I encouraged my wife to keep slowly sliding so we can avoid it. We got to the bottom just as the helicopter arrived and we skipped the ride. We talked with the rescue team, two really great guys who I was as happy to see as any of my close friends. We walked back with them and there were police cars and twenty people waiting for us. I was so thankful and grateful to see them all and apologized for causing alarm and panic and for calling them to begin with since we were able to get back on our own. It was one hell of an experience, one which neither my wife nor me will ever forget, and we have pictures and videos to prove it in case you think I made this all up. But alas, we are home, safe and sound, with cuts and bruises and splinters everywhere, ruined and torn clothes and holes in our boots but still alive. A little wiser now and with a new appreciation for living in a tiny apartment and being surrounded by people. One star because we are still in pain, and it was rough, but really this was a story which we will have for the rest of our lives and a chance to prove, we were able to overcome the obstacles and survive.

hiking
1 month ago

One of the nicest close-in to Los Angeles hikes. There are a few "steeper" sections but truthfully this is a very moderate hike. One wanders between canyon and exposed hillsides, so I would not recommend this one on a hot, sunny day. Cooler days, or early mornings are best. Although not maintained, the trail is fairly well preserved until around the 3 mile mark, and then it does get a bit overgrown, but still passable. I have yet to go beyond the 4 mile mark and so do not know how open it is, but it should connect to the Condor Peak trail at some point. Further up the canyon there are multiple stream crossing, so if water is running it might be best to wear water-proof boots. On weekends, the trail can be fairly busy up to the falls, but beyond that the traffic is light. Very nice and pleasant.

hiking
1 month ago

This hike is ok. You are mainly hiking through rocks at the beginning and then Bonita Falls isn’t even pointed out with signs your have to find it yourself pretty much (it’s on the left about a mile down the rocks by a huge tree). There’s a TON of graffiti and trash. The waterfall is very pretty when there’s a lot of water but there’s always been a lot of people every time I go. The creek is pretty too but on the warmer days there’s tons of people partying around the creek leaving trash and dirty diapers. Such a shame that people have 0 respect.

hiking
1 month ago

Great waterfall, even in the fall without much rainfall. Cliff goes up at least 50 feet. Hike is pretty rocky without much of a trail path. Be careful; did hear a rattlesnakes rattle near a tree out on the rocky path

nice and quick hike.. rocky to say the least..

on Bonita Falls Trail

hiking
1 month ago

Just went yesterday the scenery was great! A 2 mile hike that is kid and dog friendly. Bring proper shoes since there is lots of rocks. Overall a true gem.

hiking
1 month ago

The hike itself was decent, a little up hill but nothing too strenuous. There weren't any trail signs posted so it took a while to find the actual trail but luckily I had this app to follow. I read reviews about graffiti but I didn't expect sooooo much. The actual waterfall would be much more beautiful if it wasn't covered in graffiti, the entire way up is littered with it.

hiking
1 month ago

River and falls still dry. No sign of crazy pitbull today. Path in great shape.

hiking
1 month ago

Amy, I strongly urge you to contact Animal Control, which is the correct agency to handle the issue of the pit bull on this trail. Pit bulls are not inherently or naturally vicious, they have to be mistreated in order to become vicious. Often they are intentionally mistreated so that they can be used in inhumane dog fights, other times they are mistreated and used to deter detection of other illegal activities that people might be engaged in. Additionally, this poses a HUGE public safety risk. Your friend got bit and apparently not too badly, but a smaller human being could have their throat ripped out and every year people die from pit bull maulings. Please take action now!

Not too difficult, but it is all rocks so make sure you wear good shoes!

rock climbing
2 months ago

Nice paved trail until you make it to the waterfall look out. If you have children take them down the rock path to the stream and then climb up to the waterfall. Wear shoes with traction! Rocks are loose. There is a narrow path off of the paved trail to get to the falls but it’s unsafe for children or maybe even pets. Went last weekend and it was a beautiful, crisp day.

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