Heaton Flat Trail to Bonita Peak

HARD 4 reviews
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Heaton Flat Trail to Bonita Peak is a 5.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Tanbark Flats, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from October until May. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
5.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1840 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

over grown

rocky

no shade

hiking
6 months ago

This is one of my favorite areas in the Angeles National Forest. I first discovered it when I hiked the East Fork Trail (Bridge to Nowhere) a few years ago.

The hike to Bonita Peak isn't easy. It's a steep climb and has barely any shade. I imagine it's brutal on a hot and sunny day (the recommended months are October to April). Make sure to bring plenty of water either way.

The views are incredible. I went on a clear winter day and was able to see numerous peaks and canyons and even Catalina Island. The trail was lightly trafficked and overgrown in parts, but I never lost track of the path.

Next time I plan on going all the way to Iron Mountain.

backpacking
7 months ago

backpacking
7 months ago

Here is a quick video of Heaton Flats to Bonita Peak.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fqRw9w7rtss

hiking
9 months ago