Carbon Canyon - Trail, Brea-Fullerton, California

Carbon Canyon - Trail, Brea-Fullerton, California

DESCRIPTION

First few miles slight uphill fire road but not to tough of a work out. Once you reach 4 corners where the benches are it branches out into some pretty cool single track. But it all loops back into each other which is good so you can mix and match which trails to take and so forth

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[Jan 30, 2014]
Mike
Weekend Warrior

Rode here yesterday and got semi-lost, on a 3 hour ride first going to the wrong trail and then overthinking the trail paths.... thought I'd post a DETAILED record to help those going here for the first time.

The reason people park at Carbon Canyon park is because it's $2 cheaper than the parking lot closer to the trail at Chino Hills state park, the parking lots are next to each other separated by a chain link fence.

The signs are confusing because if you stay in the Carbon Cyn park there are bike trail signs and trail heads that go a couple miles out on the wrong trail leading to the redwoods and housing tracks.

The correct trail is located going out onto lambert and riding over to the neighboring building/ parking lot and entering into Chino Hills State Park.

About a 1/4 mile in you will see signs for one of the "ridge trails to the left, and "telegraph" to the right.

Telegraph is the route I took, but you will see when you get deeper into the trail that other trails intersect along the way.

Telegraph pretty much ends at 4 corners, so you can go back the way you came for some decent downhilling back, or take one of the ridge routes for a new adventure back ... dont make the same mistake I did and keep going past four corners, up the hairpin climb and down the awesome, long DH sections thinking that it will bring you back, it wont.

When I realized this, it was too late... the awesome DH sections were now a coupe miles worh of heavy climbs to get back to the telegraph or ridge routes.

being at the bottom of the canyon now, I had to go through a camp site and take Lower Aliso to "Raptor Ridge" back over to 4 corners... which is also some pretty tough climbing.

My first experience... this track is just OK... not very many fun sections, scenery, etc. but a good workout.



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3
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4
[Jul 24, 2012]
nastygrandma
Cross Country Rider

On MTBR this is called 'Carbon Canyon' when in fact it is actually Chino Hills State Park. Many riders will leave their car at Carbon Canyon Park, then ride in to CHSP which is an entirely different area and managed by different agencies. ANYWAY...

Chino Hills State Park is a great all-round park, as it has well maintained fire roads that run don't involve too much climbing, some fast single track, a few DH spots, and lots of variety. The park is shaped like a football, and the 3 major trails (Northridge, Telegraph and Southridge) meet at each end, and there are several off-shoots that cut-through if you don't want to do the full loop. 6-milesAt the far East side of the park, there is a small campground with horse stables if you need to refill on water. There are picnic tables and flush toilets (and showers!).

6-miles on Telegraph there is '4-corners' where an awning has been constructed over a couple picnic benches. This is a nice place to rest, but there is no water here.

For a detailed topo map of this State Park, see this link: http://www.parks.ca.gov/pages/648/files/ChinoHillsMap2012.pdf

Customer Service

Trail and CX riders: Telegraph out and back
XC riders: Northridge or Southridge out, Telegraph back
XC and All-mountain riders: Northridge out, Southridge back

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5
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3
[Nov 29, 2006]
John E.
Weekend Warrior

Rode Telegraph Canyon with my wife for the first time in a year or two. What a great trail for people who need to get back into shape and haven't been mountain biking regularly for a while. It's such a slight uphill, rolling in a good way, that you don't suffer. Then, when you turn around you don't even need to pedal, you just cruise back to the car. North Ridge is for a real workout; it's the first trail on the left that goes uphill from the start. Carbon Canyon is a gem, I think, in OC. A small wilderness area left in the urban sprawl that's OC.

Customer Service

Telegraph to 4 corners, then cruise back. Once I'm back in shape, will try North Rim/Ridge (whatever) to 4 corners and cruise back via Telegraph.

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I ride Peters Canyon because it's near whereh I live but there's not much to it. Don't know that I'd drive very far for it but if you live relatively near Jamboree/Chapman, I recommend it for a quickie--or you could do Santiago Oaks, Irvine Park or Santiago (Harding Truck Trail--but that gets rocky and steep).

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5
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1
[Apr 21, 2006]
silentak1
Cross Country Rider

Rode up Telegraph to Four Corners. The trail was in good condition, except in the beginning there are a few muddy patches (even 3 days after the rain!). Four Corners needs a water foundtain or something, it's pretty isolated. Maybe a big shady tree. About 4-5 watercrossings along the way but nothing deeper than 6inches.
It's a 6 mile slight uphill hike to Four Corners and the return was mostly all downhill (in 1/4 of the time).

Customer Service

For beginners or first timers:
Park at Carbon Canyon Park ($3 weekdays, $5 weekends, $55 annual pass) and when you get in the park, turn left and go to the last parking lot. Telegraph might be one of the most traveled trails so don't wonder off into a bushy single track unless you have a map because they can get quite steep. After 2.5 miles, you will run into a water crossing with a lot of rocks on the trail, this may be a good place to rest for beginners. Around 5.1 miles into the trail, there will be picnic tables and lots of trees to your right, another good place to rest. At the 6.0 marker, you've reach Four Corners which has very little shade. If you're exhuasted by now, turn around here and head back down. Watch your downhill speed (speed limit of 10-15mph) as you can probably go 30mph. Most importantly, be careful when passing hikers and horses; always yield.

Similar Products Used:

Fullerton Loop (usually a beginner's first step), Peters Canyon (6 mile roundtrip, but short steep hills)

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4
VALUE
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4
[Aug 14, 2004]
mymtbr
Cross Country Rider

rode north ridge today for the first time 5.5 miles up hill to my turn off. then back down telegraph trail. 11 miles total. great ride. will do telegraph trail to chino park next time. miles??

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3
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3
[Aug 27, 2003]
miguel Garcia
Racer

This is a fun climb up and once you get to four corners its all up to you on how fun you want to make your ride. The top of north ridge gives you a pretty good view of O.C

Customer Service

Were ever your front tire leads you.

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Shabarrum Park

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5
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3
[Jan 04, 2000]
JRinCA

Excellent double/single track loops. Find a friend, get in shape and explore. Tons of single track climbs and decents, through cow pastures, over hill and dale!

Customer Service

Drive a little further on Carbon Canyon past the park entrance. Park on the shoulder on the left near the lemon grove. At the park entrance (through the lemon grove, turn left and head up a long hill, at the Y take the left hand turn and climb up again. You should be looking down on the "bench" after the climb. A lot of trails, great in the spring with the wild flowers and tall grass.

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Riding is the same as Chesboro in Calabasas.

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4
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[Jan 04, 2000]
larry drendel

detailed review

Customer Service

recommended route

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2
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[Apr 26, 2001]
OCCowboy

If you take the time to try all of the trails, you realize what a great spot this is to ride. I have ridden every trail on both bike and horseback. Goto the Brea city hall, and ask for a topo map of the place. They're about $3 insted of $10 at a bike shop.
All Yall have a great time. See ya on the trails...

-B-

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4
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[Nov 04, 2001]
Mark/Ric/Volt/Kane

get to the top if you can...then it's 30mph...hold on to your sack!

Customer Service

Feel the pain...bitch! If your not ready for some serious work then go back to Azusa! Tattoo and gun required!

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5
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