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Ridgeview/Pleasant Hill Loop (Chino Hills)


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View of the San Gabriels from the top of the Ridgeview Loop

View of the San Gabriels from the top of the Ridgeview Loop

San Gorgonio and San Jacinto from the Ridgeview Loop

San Gorgonio and San Jacinto from the Ridgeview Loop

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
0:00-  Start of the trail at Veterans Park (click thumbnails to see the full sized versions)

0:00- Start of the trail at Veterans Park (click thumbnails to see the full sized versions)

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.

0:08 - Toyon berry bush before Calle Madrid (times are approximate)

0:08 – Toyon berry bush before Calle Madrid (times are approximate)

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.

0:11 - Bridle path on Eucalyptus

0:11 – Bridle path on Eucalyptus

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.

0:15 - Trail access on Eucalyptus

0:15 – Trail access on Eucalyptus

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.

0:29 - View of rolling hills from the beginning of the steep ascent

0:29 – View of rolling hills from the beginning of the steep ascent

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.

0:40 - View of Baldy from near the top of the climb

0:40 – View of Baldy from near the top of the hill

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.

0:54 - View of San Gorgoino (turn right on the fire road)

0:54 – View of San Gorgoino (turn right on the fire road)

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.

1:01 - Steep descent (be careful!)

1:01 – Steep descent (be careful!)

Text and photography copyright 2013 by David W. Lockeretz, all rights reserved. Information and opinions provided are kept current to the best of the author’s ability. All readers hike at their own risk, and should be aware of the possible dangers of hiking, walking and other outdoor activities. By reading this, you agree not to hold the author or publisher of the content on this web site responsible for any injuries or inconveniences that may result from hiking on this trail. Check the informational links provided for up to date trail condition information.

1:18 - Heading back to Eucalyputs Avenue and the park

1:18 – Heading back to Eucalyputs Avenue and the park

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Grand Avenue Park to Sunset Park (Chino Hills)


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View from the Sunset Trail

On the Grand Avenue Trail

Grand Avenue Park to Sunset Park  (Chino Hills)

    • Location: Grand Avenue Park, Chino Hills.  From the 57/60 Freeways, take the Grand Avenue exit and head southeast for 3.3 miles to the park.  Turn right and park in the lot.  From the Riverside area, take the 71 Freeway to the Edison Avenue/Grand Avenue exit.  Turn left on Grand Avenue and head 3.4 miles to the park.  Turn left and park in the lot.  Parking is free and there are restrooms at the trail head.
    • Agency:  City of Chino Hills
    • Distance: 3 miles
    • Elevation gain: 600 feet
    • Difficulty Rating: PG
    • Suggested time: 1.5 hours
    • Best season: October – June
    • USGS topo map: Ontario
    • Recommended gear: Hiking Poles; Sun Hat
    • More information: here; Everytrail report here
    • Rating: 4

Like the nearby La Sierra Loop, which is visible from this trail, the trip from Grand Avenue Park to Sunset Park is a good workout that couldn’t be more conveniently located for residents of Chino Hills, Diamond Bar and the surrounding communities.  The recreational trails, such as this one, that are operated by the city, are open seven days a week and are dog friendly, unlike the more famous Chino Hills State Park. This trip has a lot of ups and downs–figuratively and literally. Several sharp ascents and descents in both directions make it a good workout. The highlights include (on a clear day) great views of Mt. Baldy and the San Gabriels, and perhaps San Jacinto and San Gorgonio. The drawbacks are that there is virtually no shade on the trip, and that a substantial portion of the hike runs alongside a barbed-wire fence. (The trail is wide enough so that the fence doesn’t present a safety hazard; it just costs aesthetic points.)

From the lot, look for the Grand Avenue bridle trail on the east (left as you’re coming in) end of the park. Follow it and take the second left turn, which is signed for Sunset Park and immediately heads up a steep hill. Cross carefully over a drainage ditch, pass through a fence and continue your climb. You reach the top of a knoll where you get a nice view of the area. Then there’s a steep descent (250 feet in less than a quarter mile). As you can probably guess, making the ascent on the return trip is a thankless task. At the bottom of the hill, head right on the Sunset Trail.

In a way, the rest of the hike is a little anti-climatic, but since you’ve come this far, you might as well finish it. The trail leads into a shallow canyon. You come up alongside the fence, and continue to follow the trail before beginning the next major ascent (1.1 miles from the start). This brings you to a junction, where you head left and then climb a staircase on the right, arriving at Sunset Park. Here, you can sit at a picnic table and enjoy the view before heading back.

Text and photography copyright 2012 by David W. Lockeretz, all rights reserved. Information and opinions provided are kept current to the best of the author’s ability. All readers hike at their own risk, and should be aware of the possible dangers of hiking, walking and other outdoor activities. By reading this, you agree not to hold the author or publisher of the content on this web site responsible for any injuries or inconveniences that may result from hiking on this trail. Check the informational links provided for up to date trail condition information.

La Sierra Loop (Chino Hills)


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Mt. Baldy from the La Sierra Loop Trail

Hills on the La Sierra Loop Trail

La Sierra Loop (Chino Hills)

    • Location: Chino Hills, on the corner of La Sierra and Monteverde.  From the 60 Freeway, take the Philips Ranch/Chino Hills Parkway exit.  Head south (right if you’re coming from L.A. and Orange County; left if from the Inland Empire) and go 0.6 miles to Chino Avenue.  Turn left and go 0.9 miles to La Sierra.  Turn right and go 0.3 miles and park on the corner of La Sierra and Monteverde.  From the 71 Expressway, take the Chino Ave. exit.  Head west for 1.5 miles and turn left on La Sierra.
    • Agency:  City of Chino Hills
    • Distance: 2.1 miles
    • Elevation gain: 450 feet
    • Difficulty Rating: PG
    • Suggested time: 1 hour
    • Best season: October – June
    • USGS topo map: Ontario
    • Recommended gear: hiking poles; sun hat
    • More information: here; Everytrail report here
    • Rating: 5

Inland Empire hikers who are bummed about the recent cuts in the hours of Chino Hills State Park will be happy to know about the La Sierra Loop, one of several recreational trails operated by the city.  (Note too that unlike Chino Hills State Park, dogs are allowed here).  For a short hike, this trail provides a pretty good cardio workout, with a lot of ups and downs.  Scenic highlights include views of the San Gabriels, San Jacintos and Santa Anas.  The trail is very conveniently located to residents of Chino Hills and the surrounding communities. The loop also provides access to other trails in the Chino Hills system, for those who want a longer hike.

From the corner of La Sierra and Monteverde, follow a short spur to the La Sierra Loop Trail. The loop can be hiked in either direction, but when you do it clockwise, as described here, you get to warm up your legs a little before making the big climb; also you save the best views on the route for the end.

Head left on the fire road (Redbird Road on some maps), and walk parallel to the edge of the housing development. Turn right at the first junction and head downhill. Although the sights and sounds of civilization aren’t far away, the walk becomes pleasantly quiet as you descend into a shallow canyon.

Just under a mile in, you arrive at another split, where you’ll head right (the left fork heads up to nearby Chino Hills Parkway). Soon you begin a short but steep ascent – about 400 feet in just over half a mile. If you have to stop and catch your breath, you can turn around and see great views of the Santa Ana Mountains to the southeast.

At the top, make a sharp right (1.5 miles from the start) and begin your descent. Here, you’ll be rewarded with your efforts with great views of Mt. Baldy and neighboring Ontario and Cucamonga Peaks, and you’ll get a panoramic view of the San Gabriel Valley and western end of the Inland Empire. Stay right one more time, and at two miles, you return to the spur. Head left and back to the car.

If you enjoyed the La Sierra Loop, check out the other trails operated by the City of Chino Hills.  They’re good to keep in mind if you want to hike with your dog on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday.

Text and photography copyright 2012 by David W. Lockeretz, all rights reserved. Information and opinions provided are kept current to the best of the author’s ability. All readers hike at their own risk, and should be aware of the possible dangers of hiking, walking and other outdoor activities. By reading this, you agree not to hold the author or publisher of the content on this web site responsible for any injuries or inconveniences that may result from hiking on this trail. Check the informational links provided for up to date trail condition information.

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