hiking

views

wild flowers

trail running

walking

birding

nature trips

wildlife

mountain biking

no dogs

kid friendly

horseback riding

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

Many trails are overgrown due to lack of maintenance, short staffed. Bring lots of water and snacks and don't panic when you reach a dead end due to overgrown trails you can't get through. Grab a map too so you can call the ranger if you get in trouble.

I'm giving this path a 3 only because of the time of the year that I walked it; I was hoping for a more moderate hike, but it's really just a long walking path. Now that the temperature has gone up, the plants are starting to dry out and turn brown. The pictures from a couple of months ago show how beautiful the path is. I will be trying it out again next spring. This would be a great place for a very early morning run.

Nice trail with scenery and light traffic

mountain biking
15 days ago

15 days ago

Yellow mustard flowers were awesome although overgrown. The mustard blocked some of the single track in the canyon. The fire road was nice. Great downhill fun and the uphill climbs were not bad.

definitely multiple ways to get up, used Google maps along with this app to guide my way to the radio towers and explore the abandoned star ranch saloon.

on Gilman Peak Trail

hiking
1 month ago

nice hike.... however, the slim Gilman trail gets very dense as you get near the top. it really needs some work. nice views. very green.......