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Chino Hills State Park RTMP

Road and Trail Management Plan

At Chino Hills State Park (SP) staff is currently developing a management plan for the park’s system of roads and trails. The Chino Hills SP 1999 General Plan recognized the variety of trails and potential for development but did not provide more specifics about how the trails would be development, maintained, and managed: “Many regional riding and hiking trails and bikeways exist in the vicinity of Chino Hills State Park. Because the park borders four counties and three cities, there are numerous opportunities to link regional trails with those at the park. The cities of  Anaheim, Brea, Chino Hills, and Yorba Linda, as well as the County of Orange, for example, currently show trail linkages to the State Park in their general plans.” Specific trail-related recommendations made in the General Plan are identified and included herein.
Chino Hills SP has nearly 86 miles of official roads and trails and 94 miles of unofficial trails created over the years by park visitors. The purpose of the Road and Trail Management Plan is to provide specific direction for the long term construction, maintenance, and management of the roads and trails system.  Specifically, the plan will:
• Determine which roads and trails should be maintained, removed, and/or enhanced.
• Identify which of the unofficial trails should be removed and which should be made official. 
• Determine the types of trail uses (e.g. hiking, biking, and/or equestrian) that are appropriate on each road and trail. 
• Identify those roads and trails that lead to damage of the natural and cultural resources of the park, for example a trail that passes through an area of sensitive natural resources, and need to be re-routed and/or reconstructed. 
• Identify trail connections necessary to create trail loops and/or connect to trails outside the park. 
• Identify  opportunities for new trails, where appropriate
• Identify necessary trail facilities, such as restrooms, parking, and drinking water

Data Collection
1) Road and Trail Existing Conditions
The first stage of the planning process is to evaluate the existing condition of the roads and trails in the park and the permitted uses of each, and develop an inventory of each road and trail feature and condition. This information is then used to evaluate road and trail conditions and associated effects to natural and cultural resources.  A variety of documents are developed to describe and illustrate these inventories and assessments, which can be viewed via the links below.

2) User Input
Additional data is being gathered through a survey of park users.  Data includes information on users’ current forms of recreation in the park and ideas for improving existing and developing new trails and facilities.  These surveys are being conducted during different seasons of the year to solicit input from a variety of trail users.  In addition to the survey, meetings were held with various user groups, such as equestrian and mountain biking clubs, to collect data and input on plan proposals. 
Chino Hills State Park Visitor Survey, 2008–2009

(Information to be provided when available)
Proposals to change the type of uses permitted on a trail (i.e., proposals to add biking and/or equestrians to a trail) will be evaluated using the process described in the related Program Environmental Impact Report, available here.  A flow chart of this process is available here.  The form that will be was used to evaluate each proposed change-in-use at Chino Hills SP is available here.

Road and Trail Management Plan (in progress)