Water Canyon

Chino Hills, California 91709

Water Canyon

Water Canyon Professional Guide

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"If you’re searching for the single most intriguing spot in the Chino Hills, you may find it in the upper reaches of Water
Canyon. Concealed in the inky depths of this steep-walled ravine, massive sycamores and oaks reach skyward, casting a perennial chill.

Except for the occasional buzz of a small aircraft and the rustle of leaves in the breeze overhead, the silence and stillness are absolute. The 2008 Freeway Complex Fire incinerated many of the mature trees in the canyon, but new trunks have been rising rapidly and the canyon is beginning to return to its former beauty."

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"Water Canyon may just be the single most compelling locale in the Chino Hills. Grand old oaks and sycamores, along with willows and walnut trees shade this quiet enclave, one of the great natural treasures and pleasures of the Inland Empire. The steep walls of the canyon add to the hiker’s sense of isolation and adventure. Water Canyon is located nearly astride the boundary line between Orange and San Bernardino counties, but seems a hundred miles away from those fast-growing areas. The canyon is particularly attractive to hikers because it’s accessible only by foot. This foot-traffic only designation is something of a rarity in Chino Hills State Park, which has a system of dirt roads that is often heavily used by mountain bikers and horseback riders."
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Robert Stone
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"Water Canyon is one of the prettiest canyons in Chino Hills State Park. The steep-walled canyon, located in the southeast arm of the park, winds through a riparian woodland lush with willow, sycamore, oak, and native walnut trees. The hiking-only trail follows the north grassland slope near the shady canyon bottom, heading upstream through the narrow, pristine canyon."

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Trail Information

Chino Hills
Nearby City
300 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
2 hours
Best: November through May
Chino Hills State Park
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