Bonelli Park Loop: Safe Stroll, Lake Views, & Playgrounds

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  • Total Miles: 1.8
  • Time: 45 min
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Best Season: All Year
  • Elevation Gain: 107 ft
  • Max Elevation: 1023 ft
  • Type of Trail: Loop
  • Parking Lot: Fits 30+ Cars
  • Dogs: Allowed On A Leash
  • Restrooms: Available Throughout Loop
  • Trail Popularity: High
  • Pics Taken On: Nov 10, 2023

Talk a peaceful stroll via the Frank G Bonelli Park Loop (not to be confused with Bonelli Park Trail) in San Dimas to enjoy amazing views of the stunning Puddingstone Lake and San Gabriel Mountains looming in the background.

The short loop is safe and easy for the entire family. Multiple unique playgrounds are located throughout the hike and make great pitstops for kids to enjoy while adults take a relaxing break in the fresh outdoor breeze. The last portion of the trail runs parallel with the lake where two piers make for amazing photos.

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Parking & Directions

Park in the lot for the West Picnic Valley. For directions via Google Maps, click here.

Entrance fee is $12 except weekdays during winter months.

Helpful Info

Bonelli Park Weather Forecast

Frank G Bonelli Regional Park

Wheel Fun Rentals

County Map

Phone: (909) 599-8411

Park Hours

Mar 1 – Oct 31

5:00am to 8:00pm (Mon – Sun)

Nov 1 – Feb 28th

6:00am to 7:00pm (Mon – Sun)

Bonelli Park Loop

I began my stroll from the West Picnic Valley, the largest field on the loop, and headed south via a concrete sidewalk.

Beautiful tall pine trees and sycamores shade portions of the trail, but a hat and sunscreen are still recommended.

Bonelli Park Loop

Multiple restrooms are located throughout the loop.

If I’m not mistaken, the loop features four playgrounds. The most unique is Stone Henge Playground shown below.

Stone Henge Playground

I continued straight forward at the first intersection.

Shortly afterward, I passed the three-story Laker Playground the largest of them all.

Laker Playground

I continued straight forward again at the next intersection.

The trail began to loop towards the lake and I could see the peaks coming into view.

I veered off the concrete path to explore Puddingstone Lake for a bit. The views to the north are stunning. I could see everything from Rankin Peak to Mt Baldy.

By the way, another parking lot is located on the south side of the lake where the piers are located. You can technically drive up to and park in this section of the loop.

Just a little further up the lakeshore was the first pier. Unfortunately, it was closed to the public but I managed to grab this shot.

The second pier, which was open to the public and can be seen in the image below, is known as Too Tall Pier. Wheel Fun Rentals is located on the east side of the pier.

Just like Santa Fe Recreation Dam Recreation Area, Bonelli Park has a designated swim beach for the public, but only during the summer.

Bonelli Park Swim Beach

I flew the drone to get some aerial shots, knowing I wouldn’t be disappointed. The biggest peak is Mt Baldy.

Puddingstone Lake & San Gabriel Mts

Below is Cucamonga and Ontario Peak from Bonelli Park.

After exploring the lake, I hopped back on the loop and continued past Olene’s Cove Day Area, a small picnic area tucked up against the hill.

You’re supposed to walk over the bridge, but the vibrant orange and yellow leaves underneath were too enticing to not take a shot. Unfortunately, the picture does not do justice.

Once over the bridge, I arrived back at the West Picnic Valley.

And that marks the end of the loop.

I highly recommend Bonelli Park, especially if you’re thinking about taking your kids. The park felt safe, and I didn’t see any homeless people. Everyone visiting seemed to be family-oriented. Enjoy!

FAQs

Can You Go In The Water At Bonelli Park? 

People are allowed to go in the water but only in the designated swim beach. 

Is Bonelli Park Swim Beach Open?

Bonelli Park swim beach is only open during the summers.

How Long Is The Bonelli Park Loop?

The Bonelli Park Loop is a total of 1.8 easy miles. 

Can You Paddle Board At Bonelli Park? 

Paddleboarding and additional water vessels are allowed at Bonelli Park.

Can You Fish At Bonelli Park? 

Fishing at allowed around the lake except for sand beaches, boat docks, and 100 feet from launch ramps. 

Does Bonelli Park Have Fire Pits?

Yes, Bonelli Park has fire pits. 

Can Dogs Swim At Bonelli Park?

No animals are allowed to swim in the lake including sand beaches. 

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