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.
Garmin inReach Mini
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.
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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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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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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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How Are You Going to Navigate This Hike?
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 6. 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.
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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