Hiking The Bonelli Park Loop Trail
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Hiking The Bonelli Park Loop Trail

Frank G. Bonelli Regional Park is a recreational park in Southern California that contains the 250 acre Puddingstone Reservoir. This park provides countless recreational activities for those that love the outdoors. On any given day you can see boaters, kayakers, mountain bikers, hikers, trail runners, and beach goers. The Bonelli Park Trail loops around the perimeter of the reservoir and is the feature of this guide.

Frank G. Bonelli Regional Park is a recreational park in Southern California that contains the 250 acre Puddingstone Reservoir. This park provides countless recreational activities for those that love the outdoors. On any given day you can see boaters, kayakers, mountain bikers, hikers, trail runners, and beach goers. The Bonelli Park Trail loops around the perimeter of the reservoir and is the feature of this guide.

Hiking The Bonelli Park Loop Trail


Directions And GPS Tracks:

Hiking The Bonelli Park Loop Trail
Parking At Brackett Field

Key Points:

  • Distance:¬†7¬†miles
  • Elevation Gain:¬†590 ft
  • Minimum¬†Elevation:¬†864 ft
  • Maximum Elevation:¬†1100 ft
  • Time:¬†2 hours
  • Difficulty:¬†(1/5)
  • Dog Friendly:¬†Yes, on leash
  • Permit Required: No
  • Park Hours: Sunrise to 7PM October to March, Sunrise to 9PM April to September
  • Parking:¬†Free from Brackett Airport, $11 from Bonelli Park
  • Trail Condition: Single track, fire road, asphalt
  • Cell Phone Reception:¬†Very good

Make sure to hike with the right gear. See my current hiking gear list. 


Hike Map And Elevation Profile:

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Hike Description:

0.0 Miles- Starting on McKinley Dr in front of Bracket Field, walk west toward Bonelli Park. After 0.4 miles of walking on the road you’ll see the trailhead. Pass through and begin the Bonelli Park Trail. You’ll see an RV park to the left of the trail. Once you have completed your loop hike, you will finish by passing through the RV park to return to McKinley Rd.

Hiking The Bonelli Park Loop Trail
Pass Through Here
Hiking The Bonelli Park Loop Trail
Starting Out

The Bonelli Park Trail starts out along a fence and then passes through a shaded area that runs along a creek. Keep an eye out for mountain bikers, as they can come flying around the blind turns here.

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Shaded Hiking
Hiking The Bonelli Park Loop Trail
Jungle Cruise Stream

0.9 Miles- The trail hits¬†an eroded wash, turn right and walk until the trail¬†dead ends at a developed lunch and picnic area. Go right again when you see the picnic area and the concrete walkway will spit you out near¬†Puddingstone Dr. Don’t walk all the way out to the street though. A trail runs parallel to Puddingstone Dr. on the park side of the road.

Hiking The Bonelli Park Loop Trail
Head Up This Way And Then Go Right
Hiking The Bonelli Park Loop Trail
Go right at this picnic area
Hiking The Bonelli Park Loop Trail
Puddingstone Dr. The Trail is straight ahead, don’t go out to the street

1.2 Miles- Just before reaching Puddingstone Dr., you’ll see a dirt trail that runs parallel to the road on the park side of the street. Go left and follow the trail west.

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Trail Parrallel To Puddingston Dr.
Hiking The Bonelli Park Loop Trail
Mustard Blooms

1.8 Miles- The trail passes over a few access roads before bringing hikers in for a view close to the shores of the Puddingstone Reservoir at Ski Beach. At this point the trial runs very close to the waters and parallels a shoreline walkway. There is a stairway that leads down to the beach if you want to stop and take in the views.

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To The Beach
Hiking The Bonelli Park Loop Trail
Reservoir Views
Hiking The Bonelli Park Loop Trail
On The Walkway

After leaving Ski Beach the trail leaves the shores to wrap up and around the powerboat launching area. This section of trail is fairly close to the road, but not for long.

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Parallel Beach Views
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Close To The Road

2.4 Miles- The trial heads away from the reservoir, passes through a few gates, and crosses Lakeside Dr. Look for the trail to pick up right on the other side of Lakesde Dr.

Hiking The Bonelli Park Loop Trail
Pass Through
Hiking The Bonelli Park Loop Trail
Trail Picks Back Up

After crossing Lakeside Dr, you catch a glimpse of the waterslides at the nearby Raging Waters theme park. This is also where the trail can get a little confusing from a lack of markers. You’ll be able to see the reservoir walls up ahead though. As long as you’re heading in that direction, you’re on the right path.

Hiking The Bonelli Park Loop Trail
Raging Waters
Hiking The Bonelli Park Loop Trail
Reservoir Walls

2.9 Miles- There is a set of stairs at the base of the reservoir wall that leads up to Lakeside Dr. Walk past the stairs and you’ll see the trail pick back up. In the photo above, the trail picks up in the shaded area at the base of the reservoir wall.

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On The Trail
Hiking The Bonelli Park Loop Trail
Hiking The Bonelli Park Loop Trail
Hiking The Bonelli Park Loop Trail
Topping Out, Go South From Here

Once you reach Lakeside Dr. you can walk south for 0.5 miles on the asphalt road with views of the reservoir to your left.

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Lakeside Dr.
Hiking The Bonelli Park Loop Trail
Views

3.5 Miles-¬†You’ll reach¬†Sailboat Cove and see a ticket booth in the middle of the road. You can follow this road or pick up the trail on the left hand side.

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San Gabriels
Hiking The Bonelli Park Loop Trail
Booth
Hiking The Bonelli Park Loop Trail
Trail

3.7 Miles- Stay vigilant here. If you’re not paying attention you’ll walk straight into the cove! To your right the trail picks up on the right hand side of the road. This junction is only marked with a cone. This section is called Lake View Trail.

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Don’t Miss It!
Hiking The Bonelli Park Loop Trail
Along The Water

4.3¬†Miles- You’ll pass through the parking area for the South Shore. This is a popular area for beachgoers in the warmer months. You’ll also see a playground up ahead and an area called Picnic Valley. Follow the trail along the water until you see a bridge. Cross over the bridge.

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South Shore Parking
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Heading Around
Hiking The Bonelli Park Loop Trail
Cross The Bridge

4.5 Miles- Once you’ve crossed over the bridge, you’ll be on a paved road that leads all the way back to the RV Park and the trailhead from where you started. To make things a little more interesting, take the Tree Line Trail that begins just on the other side of the bridge.

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Road vs Tree Line Trail
Hiking The Bonelli Park Loop Trail
The Tree Line

The reason I suggest the Tree Line Trail is that it provides the best views of the Puddingstone Reservoir in the park. It’s easy to get caught up staring at the waters from up on the tree line.

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Looking Back
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Getting Caught Up
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Unbeatable

5.4 Miles- The Tree Line Trail ends and you can continue on the asphalt road that runs along the water.

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Go Left Here
Hiking The Bonelli Park Loop Trail
Along The Water

6.2 Miles- The RV park comes into view. Pass through here and walk back to your vehicle via McKinley Rd.

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RV Park
Hiking The Bonelli Park Loop Trail
Mustard
Hiking The Bonelli Park Loop Trail
Golden Light

I'm Drew, creator of Trail to Peak. Trail to Peak brings content to life on the web through breath-taking photography and captivating video. I launched Trail to Peak in 2014 with a goal to inspire readers to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors. I have traveled to 19 countries, walked Camino de Santiago, hiked the John Muir Trail, trekked through the Andes of Peru, and am constantly seeking new adventures in my home state of California. Joining me on my weekly adventures is my partner, Julia, our son, Owen, and our two goldendoodles, Isla and Lilly.

4 comments on “Hiking The Bonelli Park Loop Trail

  1. It looks lovely.

  2. The place looks peaceful. It’s perfect for people who love outdoor activities. Thanks for this post.

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