San Bernardino National Forest

Bonita Falls

The Lytle Creek Ranger Station area is home to one of the tallest waterfalls in Southern California. Bonito Falls, a 90-foot waterfall can be seen from Lytle Creek Road in the South Fork Area. It is also possible to hike to the falls via a short trail. Caution is advised when hiking.

This is one of the lowest elevation areas in the Forest, so most roads and trails are open all year. Summer weekends and holidays are crowded along the creek. Alternate areas for day use are Lost Lake, Swarthout Canyon, Middlefork Road, and Cucamonga Canyon.

Directions

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.)