Chino Hills - Trail, Brea, California

Chino Hills - Trail, Brea, California

DESCRIPTION

Fire roads and single track. WARNING: There are several trails closed to bikes. Check the postings. If caught, you will be provided the opportunity to contribute to the state(rangers WILL ticket you). Everything from beginner to advanced riding here. The single tracks are long and fun. ADVICE: This area does not handle the rain well. Don't waste your time driving out if there's been measureable rain winthin the last 48 hours. "They" often times close the trails during/after a rain. The roads are popular with hikers/runners -- PLEASE be aware and respectful.

USER REVIEWS

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[Jan 17, 2015]
Vincent Wu
Cross Country Rider

CHSP is pretty much a network of fire-roads with three major trails running east to west. The trails here are generally wide and smooth and requires little technical skills - perfect for for people to get back in shape or use as an aerobic training ride. With Bane Canyon closed on the east side of the park, the Carbon Canyon entrance is the most popular. Generally, people either take Telegraph Canyon, South Ridge, or a combination of the two to end up at Four Corners and explore the single tracks on the east side of the park. Singletracks are abundant on that side of the park but are mostly straight and dirt roads. Some of the climbs here can be pretty demanding but may be during to some due to the wide fire roads.

Customer Service

Carbon Canyon -> Telegraph -> Four Corners - > Raptor Ridge -> Southridge (Back to Carbon Canyon)

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jun 10, 2010]
greendaay8
Weekend Warrior

There are 3 ways to ride this trail if you start at Carbon Canyon Park. Telegraph is the easiest with a 8-9 mile ride up to Four Corneres, on a slight incline the whole way (the ride down is a reward!). Northridge is the most difficult culminating in a 1000 foot overall elevation change but the views and atmosphere is unbeatable. Nice single track down to Telegraph and then the great ride down. Southridge is a difficult ride going east with lots of switchbacks and uphill.

Customer Service

My favorite route was to start at Rimcrest. This will take you up a heart-pumping hill then nice rolling downhills along Southridge back down to Telegraph. Ride Telegraph all the way back up to Four Corners and take the single track Bovinian Delight back up to Southridge. The single track is challenging with sheer drops on the right side and some overgrowth but very worth the risk. Take Southridge west and there will be some nice climbs and rolling hills until you get back to Rimcrest.

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OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Nov 07, 2007]
DanKwas
Racer

I have been visiting SoCal from upstate NY with the sole intention of checking out the local trails. Since the National Forest is shut down I've been forced to learn the local scene and Chino Hills was the first stop.

I think it's an awesome place. Compared to the east coast it is very different and not very technical in the normal sense; the trails are smooth with only a few rocks or maybe a water bar. However, trails here like sidewinder or the fenceline trail are still challenging. If not just for the steep drop offs along the trail, when they stray the slightest from hugging the contour they are very very steep. Definitely a cross country park, I was happy to have my hardtail. Oh, great thing about this place for an out of towner is that it is very well marked and easily navigated. Great maps on the state park website under brochures tab.

Customer Service

I can only recommend the route I did but I'm sure there may be better. I drove into the park, but there is limited parking just outside the park next to the residential neighborhood. I started from the equestrian center, and road down the singletrack, up the double track to the beginning of hills for everyone trail and took the fire road up since I was kind of off course. Anyway, hooked up with singletrack that brought me to the picnic area and took the road up to sidewinder. Climbed up sidewinder to top and then took the road to the ranger station on the Chino Hills side, crossed the road and went up to pick up fenceline trail, rode that back to the equestrian center, road up Banes Ridge to pick up sidewinder for a fun finish.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Feb 01, 2007]
chockwald
Cross Country Rider

I reviewed Chino Hills State Park about 3 years ago, and have been riding there since 1989...back before full suspension bikes existed...back before the first Rock Shox. Couldn't help but notice Dick's recent review. I love it when someone reviews anything without really experiencing it. Dick rode a tiny fraction of the trails and singletrack (the most heavily ridden trails in the park) and gives his "expert opinion" about the whole park just oozing with his pre-existing bias against this area of town. There are around 70 miles of fire roads, and single track that he didn't bother to explore. For example, Baine Ridge single track...about 2.5 miles long.....3 steep dropouts....fast and furious. East Ridge.....about 6 miles long, and the most technically challenging single track in the park, and, for that matter, anywhere in So. Cal. Bovinian Delight....off of Southridge, just below San Juan Hill...about 2 miles long.....hair pin turns, fast, steep descents. Sidewinder....off of Baine Ridge singletrack....about 2 miles long, and very challenging. Skully Ridge fire road.....12% grades make difficult climbs, and amazing downhills...about 7.5 miles long. I could go on and on. I've actually taken the time to ride all the fire roads and single tracks. This park takes literally 6-7 rides to see it all, and that is was is so great about the park.....lot's of variety....not the same old trail week after week. If you are into "Free Riding", then this great Cross Country park is not for you....50% uphill, and 50% downhill with lot's of great cross country in between.

Customer Service

Enter on Chino Hills side off of Soquel Canyon Road. Take Baine Ridge fire road to top of hill and pick up Baine Ridge single track to Equestrian Staging area, and then on to Southridge fire road up to Four Corners, then to Raptor Ridge single track, which takes you back to the Ranger Station to Lower Alisio single track, and back up Baine Ridge and out of the park......total distance around 13+ miles.

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OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
[Nov 25, 2006]
dick slessig
Cross Country Rider

I suppose if you're unfortunate enough to live in nearby Brea or Chino, this would be an OK place to ride during the week. Granted, I didn't ride every trail - maybe there's some amazing singletrack squirrilled away somewherethat I didn't see. What I did see was the North Ridge trail from Carbon Canyon Rd. to 4 corners, Raptor Ridge trail to park HQ and a return via Telegraph Canyon. What I found was alot of middlin', occasionally grueling, occasionally fun fire roads interspersed with some brief sections of mildly engaging singletrack through moderately scenic, rolling grassy hills - kind of like Chesebro or Sycamore canyon without the really interesting parts and with crappy, inland empire air. Maybe worth a trip if you need a place to take the the wife and kids for some mellow peddlin', otherwise, you're probably better off spending your gas money on a trip up the Angeles Crest for some serious fun and scenery.

Customer Service

Angeles crest highway to Strawberry Peak.

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
3
[Sep 24, 2006]
onegymrat
Weekend Warrior

Chino Hills State Park is huge and there are three entrances from which to start. I took the Carbon Canyon entrance (paid the $5 on a weekend!) and rode Telegraph trail with my two sons. It is a slight incline throughout the whole ride with a terrific mix of terrain (rocks, sand, gravel, pavement and water). Perfect for beginners honing their skills. This would be a great place to take someone on their first ride. The single track is fairly narrow and plenty of wildlife.

Customer Service

I only tried Telegraph after reading it in the forums and had to find an easy trail for my sons. I tried the entrance off Soquel Canyon. Much more difficult with tough climbs and technical terrain.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
2
[Nov 06, 2004]
JKS1
Cross Country Rider

I miss having this place in my backyard, miles and miles of lush, open grassy hills. Easy to get lost in, in that good way. Nothing really technical, but there are stretches of decent singletrack scattered around the park. Plenty of long climbs to stay in shape for more challenging rides. Lots of wildlife; red hawks, coyotes, tarantulas, & big ass rattle snakes.

Customer Service

Telegraph Canyon, Raptor Ridge, Scully Ridge...

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Oct 21, 2004]
chockwald
Cross Country Rider

Chino Hills State Park

Customer Service

Any one of the dozen open single tracks. Anyone who says this place is boring is smoking some bad stuff. I've been riding here since 1989, and am an advanced/intermediate rider. There are many challenging single tracks that are open, and plenty of great down hill runs. The view from the top of San Juan Hill is amazing (highest point in the park), and anyone who arrives there without having stopped one time for a rest without gasping for air is lying to you. In some places the final 3 mile climb is over 12% grade, or more. For pure variety and quality this is one of the 5 top places to ride in So Cal, bar none. I've ridden everywhere there is to ride in So Cal, and there are a lot of great places. This is a place you have to explore over many weeks to truly appreciate it. Get a trail map at the entrance to the Park and have the time of your life! Best time to ride is Fall/early Winter. If you ride in the summer get an early start, and bring plenty of water and nourishment. They mow the weeds down 2-3 times each summer. If you pick the wrong time you will be riding in tunnel of mustard weed. This is why I recommend Fall...trails are in their best condition.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Oct 21, 2004]
chockwald
Cross Country Rider

Bane Ridge trail in Chino Hills State Park

Customer Service

Enter park off Soquel Canyon exit from 71 FWY in Chino Hills. Ride up Bane Canyon fire road .5 miles to top. Enter Bane Ridge trail on your right. Fire road leads you to single track trail. Trail has three fun drops in about 2.5 miles, with challenging climbs out of the drops. A lot of up and down...if you are able to carry enough speed down you will be able to carry the top of some climbs following without much pedaling. Sigle track ends at equestrian staging area. There are about 20 miles of amazing single track in this park. Some of the reviews I've read indicate a lack of knowlege about where the legal single tracks are located. I've been riding here since 1989, and never get tired of the trails. It will honestly take several weekends of riding long miles to cover all the fire roads, and single track in this park. Over 70 miles of fire roads!

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Chino Hills State Park, Scully Ridge trail begins about .5 past the lower campground, and ends at Green River Golf Course....about 7 miles long...very challenging climbs, and downhills. Pick up unamed single track to your left which takes you back to Lower Aliso Canyon Fire Road. Turn left and follow 7 miles back to lower campground.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Feb 06, 2004]
DaFireMedic
Cross Country Rider

I enter from the Soquel Canyon side in Chino and ride the East Fence trail. Somewhat technical singletrack for XC, an absolute blast, and the scenery is pleasant.

Customer Service

Enter the park at Bane Canyon rd and head left on the fire road 0.5 miles in. Follow it around and pick up the singletrack off to the right at .8 miles. This is the East Fence trail. At about the 1 mile mark, you will come to a fork in the trail. Stay left and descend. (Heading right goes uphill on "Razorback")Follow the trail through canyons and streambeds till the trail ends at a fireroad at approx 4.3 miles into the ride, which will be McClean overlook access road, head left to Mclean Overlook. Have a snack at the table, then go back down about 100 yards and pick up the Corral trail which runs off to the left (you will have passed the sign just after the end of the singletrack trail on the way up). Have fun but be careful, theres a deceptively steep DH section here. At the bottom, you can either head right and pick up Bane Cyn road back to the car, or left from the campground and over the log to the lower Aliso fire road and more trails. Also, heading left from this point on Bane Cyn road leads you to the South Ridge trail, the starting point for many more miles of trail.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
2
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