Summary: A hiker traveling the South Ridge Trail to San Juan Hill Peak will attain an unparalleled view of grassy hills (usually lush and green in the winter and spring but dry and "lushless" in the summer and autumn), telephone and power lines, housetops, and infamous Southern California smog looming in the basin below as he/she climbs along an uphill and somewhat eroded fire road. This hike is virtually shadeless, and temps. are often nearly 100 F in the summer and early autumn-regardless of the season, bring LOTS of water. Beware also of speeding bicyclists. To reach the peak, travel east (go right when facing the trail sign) along the South Ridge Trail from where it intersects the Easy Street Trail north of Rimcrest Dr., and continue to climb past the Little Canyon Trail and various trails which wind generally north and south. At about 2.8-2.9 miles, look for a small dirt path to the right that travels to the summit of San Juan Hill, 1786.' Retrace your steps to return.
Trailhead: From the 91 (Artesia) Freeway, exit at Imperial Highway (CA-90), and travel north for 1.6 miles to Kellogg Drive.Turn right and travel northeast for about 1.1 miles to Yorba Linda Blvd-turn right, and continue east for about .27 miles to Fairmont Blvd. Turn left at Fairmont Blvd. and travel 1.6 miles to Rim Crest Drive-turn left. The trailhead is located at the north end of Rim Crest Drive within Chino Hills State Park, and is signed. Free parking is available along the east side Rim Crest Drive near the trailhead (be sure to check signs for the hours and days when parking along Rim Crest Drive is permitted). (Lat:33.90913 Lon:-117.78097)
Trail Guides for South Ridge Trail to San Juan Hill Peak:
Best Seasons: Fall, Spring, Winter,
User Groups: Hikers, Bikes, Horses,
Ranger Contact: Chino Hills State Park-(909) 780-6222
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Patricia Barnes, who has posted 23 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by SAL on 10/5/2012
I could fathom a beautiful luscious hike if it were Spring, however I went today, near the end of Summer. The views of rolling hills are something to enjoy though!
Reviewed by BP on 2/17/2012
Nice and green right now. Mustard is growing all around. Definitely a hike you want to do on a clear day to fully appreciate the 360 panoramic view. Love the incline, so it's not too good on a hot day since there is no shade the whole way. Snow all over Mount San Jacinto, Mount San Gorgonio, Mount Andersen, and Mount Baldy due to the recent storm.
Reviewed by Viewer on 1/4/2011
This hike is fantabulous! Great view! Very lush- no "lushless" in January. Most def hike again!
Reviewed by SR on 10/22/2010
It's good for a workout. Views are OK. Highlight was a good size tarantula crossing the road. Might do again for exercise.
Reviewed by Squall on 10/23/2009
San Juan Hill!! What?! What?!HSFL
Reviewed by Lois on 11/11/2008
Hiked on Sunday 11/09/2009 at 1pm. Temp was 68 with a stiff breeze from the coast. I loved it. Great cardio workout- Up and Down both out and back. Trail was firm and smooth. Keep an eye our for Mountain Bikers. Fantastic views of Orange and Riverside Counties. Only wildlife were a couple of Ravens soaring about the canyon rims. 55 minutes out/ 50 back.
Reviewed by KC on 1/13/2008
I hiked this trail yesterday 1/12/08. Overall a great day to hike...the temperture was upper 60's and a slight breeze. Would not want to hike this in the summer, very little shade.I saw a few other hikers and mountain bikers. Trail is in good condition, although a little muddy from the rains last weekend.
Reviewed by MP on 9/10/2006
I've hiked this trail a few times, but only because it's the closest to my home with a decent elevation gain. The trail is well kept and the views are pretty nice, but it's extremely dry and there isn't much more to see except for the power lines that cross the Chino Hills. There are no trees on this trail, so don't expect any shade. Bring lots of sunscreen.
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