Chino Hills State Park

Overview:

Chino Hills State Park is a 14,102-acre park right in the middle of Los Angeles that is perfect for any van or RV lifer who wants to spend the day exploring.  It’s a unique park in that it provides refuge for both biodiversity and solitude to the visitors who enjoy their outdoor experiences. The park allows its visitors to hike, mountain bike, or ride a horse on miles of trails. 

Adventure:

Chino Hills State Park allows its visitors to camp, hike, mountain bike, and horseback ride for hours on its 90 miles of trails.  The park has a campground, visitor center, and is a popular hiking area for the surrounding community.

The park provides a great getaway for van and RV nomads who want to get away from the city’s hustle and bustle but not drive far. 

Brochure with Map: Chino Hills State Park Brochure

Hiking

The park has over 90miles of trails and is the perfect place to practice your mountain biking skills.  If you’re up for a challenge, hike up to Gilman Peak, which is the highest point in the park which will award you an amazing 360-degree view of Southern California. 

The most popular hikes within Chino Hills State Park are:

  • Gilman Peak Trail
  • South Ridge Trail
  • Aliso Canyon Trail
  • Hills For Everyone Trail

Camping

The Rolling M Ranch Campground at Chino Hills State Park is available by reservation online or in person. The Campground contains 20 campsites, access to trails, potable water, and flush toilets. Campfires/ground fires are not permissible, but there are BBQ grills at each site. 

The campground is located off the Sapphire Road entrance and is available for $30.00 per night.

Discovery Center

Located off Carbon Canyon Road, The Chino Hills Discovery center showcases the area’s history and the local wildlife. The rangers here can answer any of your questions.  

Background:

Vehicle entrance is $5.00 per day, $4.00 per day for Seniors over 62, or free to all walk-in traffic. Pay cash or check to kiosk attendant or at the self-pay Iron Ranger box next to the kiosk.

  • Park Hours: Park trails are open from:
    Sunrise to sunset.
  • Parking lots operate from: 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM Daily

You can access the park and the trails from three different locations:

  1. Chino Hills State Park Discovery Center – Brea
    4500 Carbon Canyon Road (State Route 142)
    Brea, California 92823
  2. Quarter Horse Drive Trailhead – Yorba Linda
    Quarter Horse Drive is located off of Fairmont Blvd. in the city of Yorba Linda. Fairmont Blvd. intersects Yorba Linda Blvd. between Imperial Highway and the 91 freeway.
  3. Sapphire Road – Chino Hills (Campground)
    The park entrance located at 4721 Sapphire Road (Elinvar Road) in Chino Hills. From SR71 head West on Soquel Canyon Road turn left onto Elinvar Rd.

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