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Chino Hills State Park is a 14,102 acre open-space and critical piece of the Puente-Chino Hills biological corridor where plant and animal diversity can flourish. Located near Riverside in the Santa Ana Canyon hills, the natural space is a great place to see oaks, sycamores, sage scrub, and green grassy hills that stretch over 30 miles from the Santa Ana Mountains to the Whittier Hills. Camping, hiking, horseback riding, and mountain biking are the most popular activities in the park. The park features over 60 miles of trails and fire roads that offer something for everyone. Enjoy the picnic area, equestrian staging area, a historic barn, and park bathrooms. Chino Hills State Park is 10 miles northwest of Corona. To get there, you can take the 91 to Highway 71-N, and then make a left at Soquel Canyon. Continue onto Elinvar and then turn left. Elinvar will merge into Sapphire on the left, and you will see the park entrance on the right. Dogs are not allowed on any of the trails at Chino Hills State Park. You are able to bring your dog to Bane Canyon Road, McLean Overlook, the Rolling M Ranch, and in the campgrounds, but the dog must be on leash at all times. Operating hours: October - March: 8am-5pm Friday to Monday April - September: 8am-7pm Friday to Monday

$5 cash to park (you need exact amount)

I saw a rattlesnake, lizards, squirrels, and birds!

Very clean trails.

Not much shade on the trails so bring hat and sunscreen.

Telegraph is mostly flat ground or a very slight incline.

There is a portable bathroom at the end of telegraph trail! Also there are bathrooms next to parking lot.

This 9.4 mile hike kicked my butt!

Great little hike! Lots of bikes on this trail!

Great hike! Nice views and a good workout. Lots of birds and small wildlife on the trail.

Everything’s been pretty dead this year since there hasn’t been much rain. It’s a nice easy walk but not much scenery

hiking
26 days ago

There was no activity that said dying or I would have put that. This hike killed me and my friend i went with. We went on a whim because my friend has been going through some stuff in life and has kind of given up on pushing themselves and seeing positive change. So we randomly did this hike today and let me tell you I thought we were going to die. it was amazing tho,nice scenery and the sense of accomplishment that came from it was incredible. We will be back for sure. It was the perfect challenge and the life metaphors drawn from the hike kept us entertained the whole time when we weren't telling each other we should turn back. Amazing hike tho 10/10 would reccomend.

hiking
28 days ago

This would have been a great hike if I had a not hiked alone, I did 9 miles, and went up to San Juan, that part was great. However, i went 2 hours and 15 minutes without seeing another human, very unsettling, and I hiked 3+ miles down in the valley and had something following me in the trees. I blue my air horn a few times and it stopped. There are active mountain lions here, don't hike alone, be smarter than me

hiking
1 month ago

The trail as shown on the map is closed (as of 5/20/18). You end up doing an out and back up the Telegraph trail. At about 4 miles in there’s a marker on the left for Gilman Peak. Get ready for a climb! Most of the elevation gain is in that last 0.5 miles. Once you get to the top, the views are nice! Definitely do this in the early morning before it gets hot because there is no shade.

lots of different trails. Beautiful views.

hiking
1 month ago

Just hiked this trai, with a 20 lb pack. l. FIRST - The directions are wrong. The easiest way to say it is go to the golf course and park, or park out on the road before golf course and walk the 1/2 mile. Then, walk behind parking lot ad see the trail down below, across railroad tracks, that's your trailhead.

It's 2 miles mostly winding UP to the intersection of Brush Canyon Trail (to the right) and Scully Ridge to the left...stay left. maybe a 2 1/2 mile stretch on the ridge, up and down rolling hills before the trail hooks around and heads into the canyon on, Lower Alisio. You stay on this, another 2.5'ish miles when if you're not careful, you will miss the right turn UP to Brush Canyon Trail, which is a few windy switchbacks, back UP to Scully Ridge and the trail back to the golf course.

If I didn't have the pack it's good for trail running, although the straight ups most likely to be hiked....

Hiked today. Missed the left turn when we went off path to top of San Juan. Added 2 extra miles (oops) If you go counter clockwise, add an extra 2 miles, and carry a 50lb pack, that last hill is a butt kicker!

hiking
1 month ago

Very nice today. Since last week, someone cleaned up animal waste on South Ridge, Telegraph Canyon, and even the large fresh horse dump on hiker-only Easy Street. There usually isn’t much waste anyway on these main trails, but I appreciate the maintenance (I see them occasionally grooming the bigger trails) or whoever did it.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful area, nice clean trails. Was looking to do less elevation so this was perfect for me. Most of the hike is a beautiful walk, except Easy Street which is the only part not easy. App did take me to Rimcrest Dr so it must have been updated.

on Telegraph Canyon Road

hiking
1 month ago

liked the trail, very clean

fyi. there is a 5 dollar parking fee cash only.

hiking
1 month ago

Went today, lower canyon portion was really green. Good views from the ridge, looking forward to coming back.

I really enjoyed this route yesterday morning. First time I tried it clockwise. It’s easier going clockwise because the bulk of elevation gain is stretched out over 4 miles on Telegraph Canyon and Bovinian Delight and you almost don’t notice it.

Easy out and back along South Ridge Trail, or on the return take Diemer Trail north to Telegraph Canyon then East Street Trail back to Rim Crest Drive. South Ridge Trail west of Diemer Trail is not groomed often, if at all, so expect a healthy assortment of animal waste and red ants.

Fun but I would do for a while. The brush was over 6 feet tall and had to mash through cause was already committed and a lot of bees. Beautiful scenery though.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice 6 mile loop with a great view of the main sections of the park. Well maintained. Make sure to go left down the switch backs if you went up skully first to stay on this loop. Skully ridge continues on if you go right.

hiking
2 months ago

$5 to park which was good only because we got a map. The northern part of this trail is closed so we had to take a more southern route which was still like 9 miles but not as much elevation.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice and challenging trail. Took me about 2 hours. Not much shade. Saw lots of bunnies and lizards. Birds were singing. Shortly after the pay area, there's a bathroom. Maybe a water fountain. I'd revisit after it rains. So much brown and not enough green.

Fantastico!

no wild flowers to report I guess we haven't had enough rain the hills are fairly green though so that's nice ,trails are easy to walk, not much else here

hiking
2 months ago

Nice trail for going long distance. Not much elevation gain. I did this for endurance hiking.

2 months ago

Nice grade.

2 months ago

Rattlesnake in the grass on easy street. Narrow trail gets you close to their territory. Nice views. Pretty intense climb for “easy trail”. Enjoyed it.

hiking
2 months ago

Love the trail!

2 months ago

south side ridge has great view. Lots more to wonder about

trail running
2 months ago

Great running trail. Beautiful views.

hiking
3 months ago

This trail is beautiful to hike during the wildflower season. Since we haven't had a lot of rains, the trail itself is dry, without much color. It's a decent hike and there are nice vistas at some of the high points. No shade at all, so go early or on days that won't get as hot.

hiking
3 months ago

I began this trail at Rimcrest drive. This is a residential area where street parking is available. When I used this app for directions it did not take me to an accessible area. The app took me to Diemer road to begin the hike. Diemer road ends with a private road that is gated off and you cannot access the trail here. If you begin this trail at Rimcrest Drive the trail begins with a fork in three directions. Left is the Telegraph Road Trail, straight ahead is the Easy Street Trail and to the right is the South Ridge Trail. Be warned that to the the South Ridge Trail is a much longer Trail and without a map, could be very easy to get lost because there are many other trails that stem from it. I began by starting at Telegraph road (big steep hill to the left). The beginning of the trail offers a few pretty lookouts, we could see Catalina from the top. This trail will eventually fork in two directions. If you want to loop back to the beginning, stay to the right. The trail to the left will require you to back track. Taking the trail to the right began with a downward sloping trail. This part of the trail had some water damage, and gravel was loose, so watch your footing. The trail will eventually fork again. To stay on the loop and get back to beginning stay to the right. The trail to the left will take you back towards Carbon canyon. This portion of the loop was pretty easy, ran into many bikers here. The Easy Street Trail stems off to the right randomly, looks kind of sketchy and would be really easy to miss if you are not paying attention and don’t have a map. Easy Street is very narrow, and at the beginning winds through a bunch of trees (which is nice because it’s the rare shaded area of this hike). The trail ends up having a drop off at your left. This portion is short and will take you back to Rimcrest where you began. This was a good loop and I will definitely do it again. *trail heads are not well marked, so bring a map **there is very little shade cover, so on a hot day wear a hat and bring plenty of water ***watch out for snakes and coyotes

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