JOIN STEVE FRIEDL FOR A NICE WORKOUT ON THE EASTERN SIDE OF CHINO HILLS STATE PARK!
Date+Time: Saturday 9:30AM; please arrive 10 minutes early for introductions and to allow for traffic, especially if you've never been here before.
Duration: about 5.5 miles, with a 700' net elevation gain. Figure about two hours.
GENERAL RATING/DIFFICULTY: Level 2 - Moderate for distance, elevation and pace. Click to see RATING TABLE for more info about hiking levels
Rating: This is an intermediate hike, mainly due to the steep initial climb (think Dreaded Hill), so this is not appropriate for new hikers. We'll go at a medium pace.
We meet outside the Green River Golf Club just over the county line in Corona. Take the 91 freeway east, exit Green River, turn left and head past the fast-food joints down the road to the parking area outside the golf course just before and just after the bridge. This is a popular parking spot for cyclists and those hiking Sierra Peak via Coal Canyon, and sometimes parking might be a challenge - carpooling is mildly recommended.
IMPORTANT: We may not park in the golf course parking lots; you'll get your car towed. Let's be good neighbors.
Overhead view of where we park as you drive down Green River; don't cross the bridge:
We cross the bridge over the Santa Ana River, walk through the golf course parking lot, cross the BNSF railroad tracks, then ascend Scully Ridge Trail, a groomed fire/service road. This climbs steadily for about a mile to an elevation of around 1000' (net gain of about 700'), following the ridgetop. When we reach Scully Hill Trail we start our descent into the canyon, reach the Lower Aliso Canyon Trail where we take a flat hike out and back to the golf course along the Santa Ana River Trail.
From this trail we can see Sierra Peak to the south, Prado Dam and the city of Corona to the east, and the west looks over the cities of Anaheim Hills and Yorba Linda. To the north is the rest of the State Park.
During the rainy season there are some tiny creeklets to cross in the canyon. There is very little shade on this hike.
This trail is almost entirely contained within San Bernardino County, though the parking area is in Riverside County, and about 50 meters to the west of the trail lies Orange County. This trail doesn't intersect with other HikingOC Chino Hills SP hikes, and (in particular) is not anywhere near Four Corners.
It's not a technical trail, and dogs are not permitted in this part of Chino Hills State Park.
There restrooms and a water fountain at the golf course, though they are about 1/2 mile from our parking place; we typically stop on the way in for those that need to refresh.
Bring the usual supplies: a hat, plenty of water, and a snack to nibble on. Hiking poles aren't necessary, but they might be helpful.
Chino Hills State Park page
Full park map (PDF) - we're in the southeast quadrant
Southeast Quadrant map (PDF)
Chino Hills State Park Interpretive Association
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