Friday, January 2, 2015
Hike 2014.065 -- Bonita Falls, San Bernardino National Forest
Been a while since I've hiked here. This one is a short one, just added in because I was already in the area--probably less than two miles roundtrip, so not technically qualifying as a hike. But I was already out here, having celebrated my birthday with a visit to the local Indian casino. Atypically, I came out $65 ahead, and also went home with $10 worth of Thai food and a celebratory ball cap.
Just about 1/2 mile past the ranger station, you'll pass another U.S. Fee Area sign. When you see Green Mountain Ranch, on your left, find a place to park, on your left (on the south side of the road). A sign near here notes that, if restrooms (portapotties) are present, a parking pass (Adventure Pass or Interagency pass) is required. I'm not sure if this sign was here the last time I visited Bonita Falls. Then again, I already had my Interagency Pass, so I would not have been concerned by the sign. However, my old pass expired at the end of September, and I was going to try to make it into the new year before buying a replacement.
From there, it's a short but sometimes steep way to the falls. Several small cascades were tumbling down the creek, and I stopped to photograph several of them.
This waterfall (and the walk to the falls) has long been dogged by graffiti numbskulls. It's still an impressive falls, though and well worth the short trip to see the falls. But you do need either the Interagency pass or the southern California national forest "Adventure Pass." It's available for $5 a day or $30 for twelve months. The 12 month pass is available from most ranger stations in the southern California area. Day passes are usually also available there, but also from many area sporting good stores, such as REI, Dick's, or Big 5.