Past Meetup

Middle Fork Lytle Creek 3B III & Bonita Canyon 3B III

This Meetup is past

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A classic Southern California canyon with 4 waterfalls, 3 of which are over 100ft in which you will get wet.

There is a bit of a hike up with 2,000 ft elevation gain so be prepared.

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After Lytle I would like to do the shortcut/sneak route of Bonita Canyon Falls. It should be about 3 hours to complete and it is very close by. With Bonita it is a total of 8 waterfall rappels up to 160ft.

Adding Bonita will make it a long day so we have to keep a good pace going.

We will need at least one more 200ft rope as well as 4 rap rings/rapides and 50-60 feet of webbing. All of the usual canyoneering gear is needed as well as dry bags as we will be in the water. Don't forget your headlamps as well.

We will meet at 8am at the ranger station to pick up the permit.

"From Los Angeles take the 210 or 10 Freeway east toward San Bernadino and the 15 Freeway north toward Barstow. About 3mi before the intersection of the 15 and 215 Freeways in Devore, exit the freeway at Sierra Avenue following the sign for the Lytle Creek Recreation Area. Drive north past Nealey's Corner toward Lytle Creek. You will pass the Lytle Creek Ranger Station (on your right) and the turn off to the South Fork of Lytle Creek (on your left). Just 0.3mi further on look for the Middle Fork turn off on the left that is about 6.5mi from the freeway. The road proceeds through the small village of Scotland and then up the Middle Fork of Lytle Creek. The asphalt soon turns to dirt but the going is fairly smooth except for a few rough stretches near the end. The trailhead parking area (34o15.21'N 117o32.42'W, elevation 3980ft) is at the end of the road, 2.8mi from Scotland."

NOTE: Since this is not a guided trip and because canyoneering is a team sport where every member should be able to rappel well, inspect anchors, build new anchors, rig for all contingencies, manage ropes efficiently and contribute in every aspect of the adventure, anyone who's profile doesn't reflect the appropriate training or sufficient experience will not be allowed to participate. Hope you understand.