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Ever feel like hiking during the week? Well I did and I found the perfect place for a quiet hike with several trails and scenic views.

Chino Hills State Park offers 14,102 acres and 65 miles of trails. But one trail stands out from the rest and that would be South Ridge Trail to San Juan Hill.

We accessed the park via the Rimcrest and Blue Gum entrance in Yorba Linda. From the trail head we headed east on the South Ridge Trail for 2.8 miles. On our hike we saw a lot of  Buffalo Gourd, Milk Thistle and the occasional Biker. Other than that, the park was all ours.
Although short, this trail is not easy, there is a 1000 ft elevation gain in 2.8 miles. There are no trees along the trail so hiking here in the summer months could get very hot, very quick (bring enough water). Once you’ve reached and conquered all .1 miles of the San Juan Hill Trail you are greeted with a wonderful view of Orange County.

-Alex G

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