Bane Canyon Loop Trail – Chino Hills State Park
|In This Guide|
|Total Distance (?)||8 miles (12.9 km)|
|Hike Time||3-4 Hours (Total)|
|Total Ascent (?)||1,400 feet (427m)|
|Highest Elevation||1,200 feet (366m)|
|Fees & Permits||Free|
|Alerts & Closures (?)||Chino Hills State park|
Bane Canyon, located in Chino Hills State Park, comes alive with flowers in the spring. In this moderate loop hike, you’ll leave the crowds behind and circle picturesque Bane Canyon. Along the way, you’ll enjoy the landscape of Chino Hills, views of the high mountains, and hopefully, lots of colorful flowers. It’s a fun hike that’s doable by most folks in decent shape.
Where is the Bane Canyon Loop Trail?
Although the hike takes place within Chino Hills State Park, you can park just outside the park’s North Entrance on the street, and it’s free. Use this trailhead address:
4730 Sapphire Rd, Chino Hills, CA 91709
You’ll see cars driving up Bane Canyon Road into the park. Bane Canyon Road is paved and open to motor vehicles. We’ll be hiking on it for a short stretch and then leaving it behind for the trails.
Gear For the Hike
This is a moderate hike that can be done in hiking for fitness clothing. It can get hot in the summer, so bring 2L of water and sun protection. There is no shade on the hike. There can be overgrown sections of trail, so wear insect repellant and long pants if you don’t want to brush up against anything.
Altra Lone Peak 5
For most people, the Altra Lone Peak is a solid choice that will leave your feet feeling great at the end of any hike. The feel is cushy and light, and if it had a car equivalent, this would be a Cadillac or Mercedes Sedan. The grip is great and they’re reasonably durable for this type of trail runner, which I think is better in most conditions than a hiking boot, and here’s why. The downside of this shoe is that it won’t last as long as something like the Moab 2 (see alternate footwear choices at the bottom of my gear page). I’ve been using mine for many miles and my feet always feel great. Watch my video explaining why they are a great shoe here.
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Stay Safe Out of Cell Phone Range
If you’re not familiar with the Garmin InReach technology, it allows you to send and receive text messages where you don’t have cell phone signals. You can also get weather reports and trigger an SOS to emergency responders. Even if you don’t have an emergency, sending a quick message telling a loved one that you’re okay or are running late is well worth the cost. The Garmin InReach Mini (REI | Amazon | My Review) fits in your palm and weighs next to nothing.
Gaia GPS Mapping App
Smartphones are not backcountry instruments, but almost everyone has one today. And they all have GPS onboard. So I recommend getting a good GPS hiking app like Gaia GPS that supports offline maps. Just make sure to put your phone in airplane mode so the battery doesn’t drain. GaiaGPS not only has smartphone and tablet apps, but also an online planning tool. You can drag the GPX hike tracks from my (or any) guides into the online map and they will sync to your phone. You can also check for wildfires, weather, snow, and choose from dozens of map types with a premium membership (HikingGuy readers get up to 40% off here). Note that I also carry a paper map with me in case the phone dies or gets smashed.
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Bane Canyon Trail Maps
If you do an internet search for the Bane Canyon hike, you’ll likely see various options. Most routes will have you going down the paved road and then coming back on Bane Ridge Trail. For me, this is probably the worst route you can take. There are cars, lots of people, and limited views. The loop that I outline in this guide may be a mile or two longer, but it’s infinitely nicer and has you get away from the crowds for a good portion of the hike.
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If you try to download the GPX file and your browser adds a “.txt” or “.xml” extension to it, simply rename it as a “.gpx” file.
How are you going to navigate this hike?
To start, you should always have a paper map and compass. And it helps to print this guide out or save it on your phone. I highly recommend a GPS as well. I use the Garmin Fenix 6 Smart GPS watch ( REI | Amazon | My Review) with maps (or the more affordable Garmin Instinct). The GPS smartwatch is nice because it’s rugged, works if your phone dies, and also has a billion other features like sleep tracking, workout recording, etc.
Bane Canyon Loop Hike Directions
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Turn by Turn Directions
You can also go straight across the road to the “equestrian staging area” trail if it’s open. Otherwise head up the paved road.
This guide last updated on April 8, 2021. Did something change on this hike? If so, please contact me and let me know. I'll update the guide.
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