Ridgeview/Pleasant hill Loop (Chino Hills)
- Location: Veterans Park at the corner of Eucalyptus and Chino Hills Parkway, Chino Hills. From the 57/60 Freeways, take the Grand Avenue Exit and head east for 4.3 miles. Turn right on Chino Hills Parkway and go 1.1 miles. Turn right on Eucalyptus and then left into the parking lot. From the east, take the 60 Freeway to Phillips Ranch Road. Turn left and head south for 3.6 miles (Phlilips Ranch becomes Chino Hills Parkway). Turn right on Eucalpytus and left into the parking lot. From Corona, take the 71 Expressway to the Ramona/Chino Hills Parkway exit. Bear right on Ramona and make the first left on Chino Hills Parkway. Go 2.4 miles to Eucalpytus and turn left. Make the first left into the parking lot.
- Agency: City of Chino Hills
- Distance: 2.8 miles
- Elevation gain: 500 feet
- Difficulty Rating: PG
- Suggested time: 1.5 hours
- Best season: October – May
- USGS topo map: Ontario
- Recommended gear: sun hat
- More information: City of Chino Hills trail map here; Everytrail report here
- Rating: 5
If you don’t mind some pavement and power lines, this short loop in Chino Hills can be quite enjoyable, especially on a clear, cool day. There’s virtually no shade on the entire route, so plan accordingly. Scenery on this hike includes great views of Baldy, San Gorgonio, San Jacinto and even the remote Santa Rosa Mountains if visibility is good. Several trails cross the open space north of Eucalyptus Avenue, so it’s possible to do several different routes. The loop described here may sound intricate, but navigation could hardly be easier. Even if you get off course, civilization is never far away; it’s hard to get really lost here.
From the west corner of Veterans Park, follow a bridle trail uphill. Stay straight at the first intersection and bear right at the next one (0.1 miles), climbing up to a ridge beneath some power lines. You descend into a residential area. Just before you get to Calle Madrid (0.4 miles), look for a toyon bush with bright red berries on the right.
At Calle Madrid, head right, follow the street to Eucalyptus, and turn left. You can follow the bridle path on the south side of Eucalyptus, crossing at Ave. La Paz (0.6 miles.) There’s no traffic light or crosswalk, so be careful.
Continue heading west on Eucalyptus. Almost immediately, you’ll see an entrance into the open space. Follow an informal path downhill to a fire road, where you’ll head left and climb sharply.
After about 100 feet of ascent, you’ll come to a split (0.8 miles from the start). Bear left and head downhill, soon coming to another split. Here, the two paths soon merge again so you can take either, although the right route is a little more scenic. The paths merge at 1.2 miles from the start.
Now comes the hard part: a steep ascent, gaining 300 feet in 0.3 miles. The good news is that as you climb, the views are better and better; you can see all three of So Cal’s biggest mountain ranges when you stop and catch your breath.
At 1.4 miles, bear right at the intersection. The grade lessens here and soon you find yourself at another T-junction. Bear right again and follow the ridge, heading west on a paved, disused service road. Take the second trail that branches off to the right and heads downhill (2.2 miles from the start.) At 2.4 miles, turn right and make a sharp descent to a four-way intersection. Stay straight, make a short climb and then another steep descent, bringing you to Ridgeview Drive. Turn right on Ridgeview, then left on Eucalyptus, and follow it back to Veterans Park.
If you enjoyed this hike, make sure you check out other trails operated by the City of Chino Hills, such as the La Sierra Loop and the Grand Avenue Trail. The trails are accessible seven days a week, and unlike at Chino Hills State Park, dogs are allowed.
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