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

Length 1.5 mi Elevation gain 334 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Hiking

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Forest

River

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Waterfall

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Getting There

Remember to stop at the Ranger Station or AMPM for your daily parking pass - $5. America The Beautiful passes also qualify

California Travel and Tourism Commision, P.O. Box 1499 , Sacramento, CA, 95812-1499, Phone: 800-862-2543

Directions from San Bernardino, CA: Take Interstate 15 to Sierra Avenue exit north. Head north on Lytle Creek Road approximately 5 miles to the Ranger Station. Proceed half a mile past Station. At the South Fork (looks like dry creekbed), park on road where you see the dry creekbed. Hike across creekbed, then half a mile to the break in the cliffs to the left. Hike up the mountain to the left to each the falls. (If you park along the main road, go across running creek, along the main road. Hike up dry creek bed half a mile to the break in the cliffs to the left. Hike up the mountain to the left to reach the falls.)

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Vanessa Santiago
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WalkingBugsGreat!No shadeRocky

I’ve started at the street and from the RV park and both have their pros and cons. If you start from the road you’ll see the river and get to venture across it, but you’ll be walking on the rocks for a little while. If you start at the RV park you miss out on the river but it’s a more direct path to the trail. The trail does have graffiti most of the way and a bit of trash, but it’s super fun to climb through the large rocks and make your way up to the waterfall. I’d recommend wearing hiking shoes or sturdy shoes with some grip because some of the smaller rocks will slide. When walking to the trail really watch your step because you can easily roll your ankle. Super fun hike, just watch your steps!

Calvin Wade
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Cien one
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Lots of graffiti and trash This spot is beautiful aside from what I first stated...I was able to meditate and enjoy the refreshing river after the short rock garden hike to the waterfall The waterfall has a lot of graffiti If your looking for a good hike this isnt it...If you want to wade around in a river, this is your place...

Jeffrey Hunter
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Its ashame how people disrespect nature with the graffiti and trash. The waterfall is beautiful though.

Maria Hernandez
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HikingBugsFeeNo shadeOver grownRockyScramble

So many people leave their trash and it’s all tagged up. It’s so sad that it’s nuestra misma raza dejando su basura. Please pack a trash bag if you love hiking and helping heal Mother Earth. Stop tagging geo locations on social media to avoid influencers and people who don’t actually love nature from coming and disrespecting this place No social distancing and no face masks were worn. There is Porto potties at the start of the hike that should be the first red flag. There is piles of trash along the creek but the trash containers are empty -.-t don’t be one of those disgusting ghetto ass people and if you see it call it out or record them ! People drive stupid fast so stay off the road!!!

Jun Lee
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HikingGreat!Off trail

Even though its bit hard to find the way to go to waterfalls, believe yourself where you have to go. First half miles have lot of rocks and decent tree shade after then. I was there around 7 am and no one was there. After 9am i went there again and it was bit crowded.

Sarceno L
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Thao Tran
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HikingRocky

The dirtiest and worse trail I’ve ever been on. Very upsetting to see piles of trash along the creek from irresponsible visitors that party and not clean up after themselves. I brought a trash bag and a trash picker but one 13 gallon bag didn’t even make a dent. Something needs to be done. Very very disappointed. My family could not enjoy the waterfall because it was so crowded and drunk idiots claim the waterfall like it’s their territory.

Kristie K
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Hiking

Don’t even bother going on a weekend. There are way too many people. The parking is so bad you have to walk a mile or two from where you end up parking. Everyone is just there to party and camp and make a mess. Private residences are charging $20-25 for parking a little closer.

Cindy O
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Rock climbingBugsOff trailRockyScramble

It’s a great quick early morning hike! Best to go early because a lot of people go. When you are on the field of rocks just keep LEFT then you will find the trail up. Don’t follow the stream up to the back mountains, I made that mistake. Wear good hiking shoes, very rocky. Trash and graffiti everywhere...

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Manuel Moreno
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Backpacking

The river was great and cold. The big issue was the trash in the creek bed.

Rita Martinez
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Hiking

Really nice hike even thought it’s really rocky in the beginning! The waterfall is really pretty as well! Kind of crowded ...

Jonalynn Garcia
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HikingBugsRocky

I was a little worried after reading some of the reviews because I’m a bigger individual, I did check out some videos on YouTube to see how rough the trail would be. It is VERY ROCKY! But definitely doable just take your time and watch your footing! Kinda hard to find if you never been there before but luckily I went with someone who knew the way to the waterfall! Take lots of water, and keep going! I promise the view is worth it!

Laura Zahdan
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HikingBugsNo shadeRocky

I love in Fontana and it’s an awesome nearby hike. Yes, there’s trash, bugs, and graffiti. It’s doable but you have to have the mindset for it. I went up there with my 9 year old and had my 1 year old strapped on the baby carrier. It’s a beautiful waterfall. You have to dip yourself in the water to cool off too!

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