Chino Hills State Park, a premier natural open-space area in the hills of Santa Ana Canyon near Riverside, is a critical link in the Puente-Chino Hills biological corridor. It encompasses stands of oaks, sycamores and rolling, grassy hills that stretch nearly 31 miles, from the Santa Ana Mountains to the Whittier Hills. Chino Hills is vitally important as a refuge to many species of plants, and as a link between natural areas essential to the survival of many animal species. Chino Hills State Park is unique in that it provides refuge for both biodiversity and solitude to the visitors who enjoy their outdoor experiences. It is a place where people can escape the pressures of urban life and find peace and solitude in a natural setting. At 14,102 acres, the park is managed as an open space habitat where all plant and animal life are protected. Visitors can camp for a few days or simply enjoy a walk, horseback or bicycle ride over trails that meander through valleys and along ridge tops through woodlands, sage scrub and grasslands. Sixty miles of trails and fire roads also offer excellent opportunities for viewing wildlife and native plants. Facilities consist of a picnic area, equestrian staging area, pipe corrals, a historic barn, water spigots and restrooms. Most of the trails accept multiple use. However, a few trails are designated for hiking only, because of safety issues or the potential for damage to habitat. The park is located 10 miles northwest of Corona. Take the 91-Freeway to Highway 71-North, turn left at Soquel Canyon. Proceed to Elinvar and turn left. Elinvar merges into Sapphire on the left, the park entrance is located on the right. Dogs are not allowed at Chino Hills State Park except at Bane Canyon Road, McLean Overlook, the Rolling M Ranch, and in the campgrounds. They must be on leash at all times and are not allowed in the backcountry or on trails. Operating hours: October - March: 8am-5pm Friday to Monday April - September: 8am-7pm Friday to Monday
B R. on Bane Canyon Loop Trail
Only walked the first mile and half or so, didn't make it to the southern turn point. Grade was pretty flat after initial moderate incline. Stayed on the paved road. Unpaved side trails were closed due to recent rain. The upside was everything was unusually green. View was great from the road in a south facing draw. Would like to have made it to the ridge line for what was a spectacular sunset we had to watch from the highway on the way home. Will definitely head back when it's a little drier and hike the ridge and side trails. Have a feeling the photos won't be quite as beautiful without all the green from the rain but still a great trail.