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Chino Hills State Park
Red Flag Closure Notice Saturday 12/9/23-12/10/23
The park and trails will reopen when the red flag warning has ended.
For more information about red flag warnings and current forcast
please visit the NOAA website below:
Hello Park Visitors,
The National Weather Services has issued a "Red Flag Warning Declaration" for Riverside and San Bernardino Counties due to high winds and low humidity. This begins on Saturday morning and ends late Sunday afternoon. Chino Hills State Park will be closed during this time for public safety.
Question: Why can't I use the park during a red flag condition?
Answer: Chino Hills State Park has had catastrophic wildfires during the last 30 years. Many of these fires occurred during low humidity with Santa Ana influenced winds. If a fire breaks out under these conditions and you are hiking there is no where for you to seek safe shelter. Fires in the park spread rapidly and unpredictably. Rescue personnel can not access you as most of our fires can only be battled using air resources. Do not risk your life.
Question: Does this mean the park is closed?
Answer: Yes, the park is closed. The Campground at Bane Canyon and the Discovery Center on the Orange County side of the park is also closed to visitation.
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Hills For Everyone Trail is currently closed
North Ridge Trail is closed between where it intersects at Telegraph Canyon Trailhead east to Gilman Trail.
View a FAQ sheet for North Ridge Trail
The gates are locked in the evenings during the following hours:
5:00 pm October 1st - 1st Sunday in April
7:00 pm 1st Sunday in April - September 30th
Gates open at 8:00 am.
When gates are locked, there is no vehicle access into or out of the campground unless special arrangements are made by calling 909-597-7619 7 days a week 8:30 am- 4:30 pm or 951-780-6222 Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm.
EMERGENCIES AFTER THE PARK IS CLOSED – CALL 911
Information regarding the gate closure is available at the park and online at the State Park website. While some campers may be inconvenienced by the nightly closure, an extra level of security is provided by eliminating vehicles driving in the park that are not associated with campers. Not having these vehicles in the park at night reduces the hazard to children and pedestrians, reduces noise, vandalism, and reduces opportunities for theft of camping gear.
Tips to Safely Enjoy Chino Hills State Park Year Round
It is important for visitors to plan their outdoor adventure at Chino Hills State Park or any any other wilderness area appropriately. Simple actions such as taking plenty of water (1 gallon/per person/day) and food, and knowing that cell coverage is extremely limited or non-existent can help you be better prepared to safely enjoy the park.
Below you will find just a few tips to safely enjoy our wilderness park:
Cell Phone Use
- Cell phone coverage is spotty or nonexistent. Have a way to communicate if there is an emergency.
First Aid Kit
- Bring a first aid kit and become familiar with it.
- Leave an itinerary of your trip with a family member or friend with information such as name and age of hikers/campers, trailhead or campsite name and location, and expected return date.
- Make sure to have plenty of water and food for duration of your trip to avoid dehydration, heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
- Check Weather. Weather can change instantly.
- Dress appropriately with layers of clothing and appropriate shoes such as hiking boots and close-toed shoes.
- Mark tents and ropes so they are visible at night.
- Keep it clean: pack it in & pack it out.
You can access the park and the trails from:.
Chino Hills State Park Discovery Center - Brea
4500 Carbon Canyon Road (State Route 142)
Brea, California 92823
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.
Sapphire Road - Chino Hills
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.
Nearby State Parks
California Citrus State Historic Park
9400 Dufferin Avenue
Riverside, California 92504
Lake Perris State Recreation Area
11 miles south of Riverside
17801 Lake Perris Drive
Perris, California 92571
E-bikes and other E-transport - The use of self-propelled or motorized bicycles, scooters, and skateboards are prohibited within the park boundaries, except paved portions of Bane Canyon Road.
Drones - The use of powered unmanned aircraft, drones, or other remote controlled aerial devices is prohibited within the park's boundaries.
Campfires - ARE NOT PERMITTED As of May 21, 2012
Park Closure - The park will close for at least 48 hours following rain of more than one quarter inch. High clay content in the soil causes “greased” trails and roads. Use during this time makes hiking, bicycling and equestrian activities hazardous and causes severe rutting of trail and road surfaces. The park is also closed during times of extreme fire danger, when the National Weather Service announces a Red Flag Warning.
Trails - For safety’s sake, stay on designated trails and don’t hike alone. Be aware of wildlife, especially rattlesnakes.
Dogs - Dogs are not allowed at Chino Hills State Park except at Bane Canyon Road, the Rolling M Ranch day use area, the Rolling M. Ranch Campgrounds, and day use areas at the Discovery Center. They must be on leash at all times and are not allowed in the backcountry or on trails. Pets must not be left alone at any time. Dogs are not allowed at any other locations.
Speed Limit - 15 mph for all vehicles and bicycles.
Vehicles off road - Motor vehicles may not be driven off road or in the back country. Vehicles are allowed on pavement and in designated parking lots only.
Drinking Water - Available at the Chino Hills State Park Discovery Center, the Rolling M Ranch area, and the Equestrian Staging area.
Smoking - Smoking is not allowed
Trash - Pack it in, pack it out!
Weapons - Weapons of any kind are prohibited.
Collecting - Animals, plants, rocks, dirt and artifacts are protected by law and may not be disturbed or collected.
Chino Hills SP Posted Orders:
The 2 most common rattlesnakes you will see here are the Southern Pacific Rattlesnake and the Red Diamond Rattlesnake. The Southern Pacific Rattlesnake is the one you will most likely run into in the park. If you do see a rattlesnake while hiking, stop and wait until the snake leaves the area. It has mostly likely felt you coming from the vibrations you've made walking on the trail. If it doesn't leave, turn around and notify a park employee or volunteer. Snakes are more willing to leave you alone and find something more manageable to strike and eat (unless you try to take a selfie with it). Notify a park employee so that the snake can be returned to a more suitable location to live. Do not try to relocate or pickup the snake yourself.
Please use the links in the Park Regulations section above for additional information
No E-bikes or Dogs on dirt trails. No use of drones in the park. No picking or disturbing of the wildflowers. No wood-burning or charcoal fires.