Chino Hills State Park
(via Carbon Canyon)
Carbon Canyon Regional Park is located in Brea, Ca and was
opened in 1975 after it was determined that the area should be preserved
primarily for flood control purposes. I'm not able to confirm it,
name probably came from the abundance of oil found in the area years ago. You can
even still see a few remaining oil rigs dotting the hill
sides. The mountain biking isn't in Carbon Canyon but
in Chino Hills State Park that is adjacent to it, but for easy parking
and access just enter through Carbon Canyon and pay the $2.00 toll M-F and a
bit more on the weekend. To get to the
trailhead , you head east along the Carbon Canyon Rd. until
you see the signs that take you around a small gate and to the trailhead
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Chino Hills State Park is huge to say the least. It spans over 11,000
acres with over 60 miles of hiking, biking and horse trails. At
the trailhead, you can either head to the left and climb the North Ridge
trail or head to right to Telegraph Canyon Trail. Being new to the
area we choose the easy route, Telegraph Canyon. This trail is about 10
miles long with a slight elevation gain that leads to the Four Corners area where you
can turn around or venture off to other trails.
There are some nice vistas in the park that would look even better after
the grass greens up a bit.
This shot is looking down the trail on your way up. It's
a moderate climb but a pretty nice downhill back to the trailhead. Just
be careful around the corners.
Like most parks in Orange County, there are plenty of oaks and
This shot was taken at Four Corners. Here you are looking down into
Telegraph Canyon. The next shot below is another trail that leads off from
This trail will take you to the South Ridge Trail which
to the trailhead. I didn't try it but some locals said it's a better way to
I had to sneak this one in somewhere! This park is a great place to
bring the camera and there is an abundance of wildlife as well.
Another shot of the trail as it meanders through the canyon. Chino
Hills is a park I highly recommend for the whole family. I will
definitely return for some more exploring and to sample the singletrack.
There is even camping in the park for a weekend trip. Click
here for additional
Chino Hills information. For Carbon Canyon Regional Park info click
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