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Bonita Falls

A tall waterfall in San Bernardino National Forest

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The second tallest waterfall in southern California, Bonita Falls is formed by Bonita Creek near San Bernandino, California. The cumulative height of the waterfall that consists of three tiers and several sections is about 495 feet (151 m). The most interesting part of the waterfall is its lower section where the water gets into South Fork Lytle Creek. Its final drop is also quite impressive as it features a 160-ft (49-m) plunge into Bonita Canyon. The falls can be reached by a short and easy hike, which is less than a mile each way. The trailhead is located at the parking lot along Lytle Creek Road, about 1 mi (1.6 km) past the Front Country Ranger Station in Lytle Creek.

When is the best time to visit Bonita Falls

Bonita Falls looks its best during winter and early spring when there is a better chance of rain. In a high water year or after a thunderstorm, it's really impressive. Summers are typically dry in Southern California, and the flow gets weaker, however, it never disappears completely. Also, summer is a good time to enjoy camping and hiking in the mountains.

Things to do at Bonita Falls

San Bernandino National Forest offers many outdoor activities in the area. Lytle Creek, Cucamonga Canyon, Cajon Pass, and City Creek are popular for hiking and mountain biking. There are also fishing, horseback riding, and camping facilities available.

Where to stay at Bonita Falls

Bonita Ranch Campground is located in just a 30-minute hike from Bonita Falls. It's also close to Lytle Creek. Reservations are required for large groups. Dogs are allowed but must be kept on leash.

Practical info

How long does it take to hike Bonita Falls?

The trail is 1.5 miles (2.4 km) both ways

What city is Bonita Falls?

Bonita Falls is located near San Bernandino, California

Is there fish in Lytle Creek?

There's Rainbow trout, Bluegill, and Skamania

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