Field Trip
Chino Hills State Park – Fire Recovery and Spring Bloom
Sunday March 27

DESCRIPTION: The Blue Ridge Fire of October 2020 burned 60% of this 15,000 acre park. On this trip we will survey the after effects of the fire, including damage to physical facilities, trees and other flora, as well as erosion. Although fire-followers made their appearance in Spring of 2021 some should still be evident in 2022. Rainfall started this season above average and then went dry. Let's see how that pattern effects this year's wildflower bloom. Free and open to all, BUT all attendees must first RSVP and sign the waiver through the link below.

DIRECTIONS: Access the park through the City of Chino Hills entrance at 4721 Sapphire Road, Chino Hills. (This is the entrance near State Route 71 and Soquel Canyon Pkwy in Chino Hills.)  From there drive slowly (15 mph) for about a mile to the kiosk. State Parks has a small $10 parking fee per vehicle payable at the entry kiosk. From there continue to the Rolling M Ranch parking area, arriving by 9:00 a.m. There, we may organize ride sharing to several trail heads leading to points of focus.

MORE INFO: Physical Difficulty: Moderate, approximately three to four miles on-trail. Water and restrooms in the parking area. Plant Intensity: Moderate. Time: Approx. 3 hours or more depending on the group. Bring hat, sunscreen, camera, wildflower book/notepad, water and hiking shoes/boots.

MAP: Click the map image to the left to see and download the Chino Hills State Park brochure with map.