Chino Hills State Park RTMP

Final Road and Trail Management Plan

The Final Chino Hills State Park Road and Trail Management Plan with Initial Study and Negative Declaration has been approved. Individual plan maps and the Department's response to comments are available for download below.


 

Response to Comments

The Department prepared responses to the comments received during the CEQA review period.

The Department also prepared responses to comments received during the July 22,2019 public meeting.  


 

California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)

A Negative Declaration was prepared for the Chino Hills State Park Road and Trail Management Plan (RTMP) and is located in the Final Chino Hills State Park RTMP (see above). The Notice of Determination is on page 238 of the RTMP.  Copies of filed documents are available by emailing a request to trails@parks.ca.gov.


 

Introduction and Background

Chino Hills State Park (CHSP) lies within the densely populated urban communities of the East Los Angeles Basin in the southern California metropolitan complex.  Approximately 15 million people live within a one-hour drive of the park.  The proximity of the park to urban populations and extensive trail network make CHSP a popular and valuable recreational resource.  Visitors enjoy both active and passive forms of recreation that focus primarily on trail use.  The park contains approximately 88 miles of system (“official”) trail routes.  People frequently visit the park from adjacent communities to walk, jog, bike, or ride horses.  The park is also a popular spot for family and equestrian campers, as well as picnickers.  The campground offers comfortable and appealing sites suitable for families, small groups, and equestrians.  Several family picnic sites occur along the interior of the park.

Based on direction from the 1999 General Plan, a Trail Management Plan for the park was drafted in 2003 but never finalized. For this Road and Trail Management Plan, goals and recommendations from the 1999 General Plan and the 2003 Draft Trail Management Plan were reviewed and incorporated as appropriate. In addition, in 2011 Department staff conducted a road and trail inventory, including components, condition ssessment, and preliminary recommendations. 

The purpose of a Road and Trail Management Plan (RTMP) is to provide specific guidance and direction for planning, maintaining, and improving appropriate roads and trails in the park while implementing the goals and objectives of the park’s approved General Plan. It should describe theexisting road and trail conditions in a park and provide direction for future management including specific actions forindividual roads and trails. It must take into consideration the park's values and mission to achieve the following goals.

  • Maximize visitor use and experiences;
  • Reduce potential safety issues;
  • Minimize impacts to natural and cultural resources;
  • Coordinate with local and regional planning e?orts;
  • Provide access to surrounding public lands;
  • Reduce maintenance and management costs;
  • Provide an appropriate range of recreational opportunities and associated infrastructure;
  • Limit impacts on the natural environment to a level acceptable under CEQA;
  • Prioritize roads and trails projects.

 

Individual maps from the plan are available for download below.

Maps of Existing Roads and Trails
Parkwide Map
Bane Canyon/Rolling M Ranch Area
Discovery Center/Telegraph Canyon Area
Santa Ana River/Coal Canyon Area

Maps of Planning Recommendations
Parkwide Map
Bane Canyon/Rolling M Ranch Area
Discovery Center/Telegraph Canyon Area
Santa Ana River/Coal Canyon Area

Maps of Visitor Management Zones
Bane Canyon/Rolling M Ranch Area
Discovery Center/Telegraph Canyon Area
Santa Ana River/Coal Canyon Area 

Maps of Erosion Severity
Bane Canyon/Rolling M Ranch Area
Discovery Center/Telegraph Canyon Area
Santa Ana River/Coal Canyon Area 

Maps of Potential Significant to Water Resources and Drainage Structure Condition
Bane Canyon/Rolling M Ranch Area
Discovery Center/Telegraph Canyon Area
Santa Ana River/Coal Canyon Area