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Bane Canyon Loop Trail Chino Hills State Park

Bane Canyon Loop Trail – Chino Hills State Park

In This Guide
  • Video and Turn-by-Turn Directions for the Bane Canyon Loop Trail
  • Getting to the Bane Canyon Loop Trail in Chino Hills State Park
  • Insider Tips and Recommendations for the Hike
Total Distance (?)8 miles (12.9 km)
Hike Time3-4 Hours (Total)
Difficulty (?)Moderate
Total Ascent (?)1,400 feet (427m)
Highest Elevation1,200 feet (366m)
Fees & PermitsFree
Dogs AllowedNo
Alerts & Closures (?)Chino Hills State park
Park Phone951-780-6222
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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

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There is street parking with intermittent “no parking” areas.
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There is also some parking just past the park entrance.

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.

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Garmin Inreach Mini 2

Garmin InReach Mini 2
I’m a firm believer in carrying a satellite communications device which works where cell phones don’t. I use a Garmin InReach which lets me send text messages back and forth to my family to let them know that I’m okay or if my plans change when I’m out in the backcountry. It also has an SOS subscription built-in so that you can reach first-responders in an emergency. The devices also offer weather reports, GPS, and navigation functionality (what’s the difference between a GPS and satellite communicator?). For a few hundred bucks they could save your life, so for me it’s a no brainer to have something like a Garmin InReach. If you use a smartphone to navigate and want a more affordable option that integrates with your phone easily, check out the ZOLEO.

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Lone Peak 6 Yellow

Altra Lone Peak 6
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 Terraventure 3 or 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. I have a video on the details of the Altra Lone Peak 6 here.

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Black Diamond Ergo Poles 2

Black Diamond Trail Ergo Cork Trekking Poles
I’ve gone back and forth on trekking poles, but I think for most people they are a good investment. They help you dig in on the uphills, provide stability on loose downhills, act as a brace when crossing streams, and can probably poke away aggressive wildlife in a pinch. The Trail Ergo Cork poles are a good balance of light weight, durability, affordability, and ease of use. If you want something ultralight and a little more pricey, I’ve had great luck with the Black Diamond Z Poles too.

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Gregory Zulu 30

Gregory Zulu 30 & Jade 28
After testing quite a few backpacks, the Gregory Zulu 30 (and Jade 28 for women) is, for most hikers, the best all-season day-pack. First off, it’s very comfortable, and the mesh “trampoline” back keeps your back dry. Its 30L capacity is enough for all the essentials and plenty of layers for winter hiking. External pockets make it easy to grab gear. It’s hard to find something wrong with the pack; if anything, it could be a bit lighter, but overall, it’s not heavy. And its price-point makes it not only affordable but generally a great value.

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Here’s my complete gear list that I personally use, have tested, and recommend, updated June 2022.

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Bane Canyon Trail Maps

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As always, please stay on the official trails and avoid the use trails.

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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How Are You Going to Navigate This Hike?
Here’s what I use. If you are a hardcore hiker and/or hike in extreme conditions, I recommend getting a dedicated GPS like a GPSMAP 66sr or 66i, or a wrist-based GPS with maps like the Garmin Fenix 7 or Epix. If you only hike in fair weather and a touchscreen is fine, or just want a solid tool, I highly recommend downloading the smartphone app, Gaia GPS. It’s a piece of cake to use and very powerful, just make sure your phone is in airplane mode so the battery doesn’t drain. You can also check for wildfires, weather, snow, and choose from dozens of map types with a premium membership (HikingGuy readers get a big discount here). Note that I also carry a paper map with me in case the phone dies or gets smashed.

To access this guide when out of cell phone range on the trail, simply save the webpage on your phone ( iPhoneAndroid ).

Elevation Profile

Bane Canyon Trail Elevation
This is a hike of ups and downs, without any major elevation change. There are some short, steep hills, but nothing major.

3D Map

Bane Canyon Trail 3d Map
This guide has you hiking clockwise on a loop surrounding Bane Canyon, which is where the road in the middle goes through.

Bane Canyon Loop Hike Directions

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Video Directions

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Turn by Turn Directions

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Start the hike by heading up Bane Canyon Road by the park sign.
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Be careful as you hike up the road, there are cars here.
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The road is steep but doable.
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On the day that I shot this guide (in April) the black mustard (Brassica nigra) was out in force. These yellow mustard plants are an invasive species found all over Southern California. There are other wildflowers along the route as well, including the California poppy. Different flowers bloom at different times. It’s hard to say what you’ll end up seeing along the hike.
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At the top of the climb, make the hard left onto the East Fence Line Trail. We’ll be ending the loop on the trailhead on the right later.
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Leave the crowds behind and start climbing up the East Fence Line Trail.
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It’s a gradual climb.
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And when you gain the ridge you’ll have sweeping views down into Bane Canyon on your right.
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You’ll cross the ridge and get views to the east.
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Look for the right turn before a short uphill. It can be hard to see when the vegetation is tall.
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And now start hiking along the ridge above Bane Canyon.
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At the junction, keep right.
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If you look back you’ll have sweet views of Mt Baldy.
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And you’ll be able to see the park entrance and road down to the right.
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This part of the hike is one of my favorite parts. The trail follows the spine of the ridge.
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Keep hiking along the spine.
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And at the junction, make the left onto the Pomona Trail.
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The Pomona Trail is wide but still scenic.
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When you get to the wind vane, make the hard right back onto the East Fence Line Trail.
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Here’s a closeup of that last junction looking down the East Fence Line Trail.
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This is one of the more remote sections of Chino Hills State Park, and the trail usually has high growth. Even though the plants are high, the trail is always easy to follow and well-trodden.
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You’ll wind around some gullies, some of which still show the scars of fire damage from the 2020 Blue Ridge Fire.
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And true to it’s name, you’ll actually hike along the fence, which is the border of the park.
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Go straight through at the intersection fo the Slaughter Canyon Trail.
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The landscape is stunning in this section.
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When the trail ends at the Longwayaround Trail, make the left.
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And shortly after that, make the right onto the Corral Trail.
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Hike down the Corral Trail.
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From here to the far end of the loop, you have a nice downhill.
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Make the right at the big trail.
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And then make the left onto the paved road.

You can also go straight across the road to the “equestrian staging area” trail if it’s open. Otherwise head up the paved road.

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Look for a right turn on a wide road into the Horse Staging area. It’s just after a small parking lot.
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Go through the horse staging area, staying right.
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The trail is at the end of the staging area. There’s also a bathroom here.
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Avoid the side trail on the right and go straight on Bane Ridge Trail.
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From here to the end, the Bane Ridge Trail is a series of rolling hills with nice views.
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At the power lines, go straight through, up and over the hill.
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There are a couple of little leg burner climbs before the end.
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Keep going straight on Bane Ridge Trail.
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And eventually you’ll come back to Bane Canyon Road where you started the first half of the loop earlier.
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Head back down the paved road to your car. That’s it!

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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