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Carbon Canyon

Average Rating:    (3.83 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 12

First few miles slight uphill fire road but not to tough of a work out. Once you reach 4 corners where the benches are it branches out into some pretty cool single track. But it all loops back into each other which is good so you can mix and match which trails to take and so forth
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Latitude
33.920571528675076
Longitude
-117.83660888671875
Trail Directions
Take 57 freeway to Lambert head East about 3 miles. Turn right into Carbon Canyon Park. $4.00 for parking.
Trail Length
6-15
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Brea-Fullerton
   


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Review Date
January 30, 2014

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Mike ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Rode here yesterday and got semi-lost, on a 3 hour ride first going to the wrong trail and then overthinking the trail paths.... thought I'd post a DETAILED record to help those going here for the first time.

The reason people park at Carbon Canyon park is because it's $2 cheaper than the parking lot closer to the trail at Chino Hills state park, the parking lots are next to each other separated by a chain link fence.

The signs are confusing because if you stay in the Carbon Cyn park there are bike trail signs and trail heads that go a couple miles out on the wrong trail leading to the redwoods and housing tracks.

The correct trail is located going out onto lambert and riding over to the neighboring building/ parking lot and entering into Chino Hills State Park.

About a 1/4 mile in you will see signs for one of the "ridge trails to the left, and "telegraph" to the right.

Telegraph is the route I took, but you will see when you get deeper into the trail that other trails intersect along the way.

Telegraph pretty much ends at 4 corners, so you can go back the way you came for some decent downhilling back, or take one of the ridge routes for a new adventure back ... dont make the same mistake I did and keep going past four corners, up the hairpin climb and down the awesome, long DH sections thinking that it will bring you back, it wont.

When I realized this, it was too late... the awesome DH sections were now a coupe miles worh of heavy climbs to get back to the telegraph or ridge routes.

being at the bottom of the canyon now, I had to go through a camp site and take Lower Aliso to "Raptor Ridge" back over to 4 corners... which is also some pretty tough climbing.

My first experience... this track is just OK... not very many fun sections, scenery, etc. but a good workout.





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Review Date
July 24, 2012

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: nastygrandma ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
On MTBR this is called 'Carbon Canyon' when in fact it is actually Chino Hills State Park. Many riders will leave their car at Carbon Canyon Park, then ride in to CHSP which is an entirely different area and managed by different agencies. ANYWAY...

Chino Hills State Park is a great all-round park, as it has well maintained fire roads that run don't involve too much climbing, some fast single track, a few DH spots, and lots of variety. The park is shaped like a football, and the 3 major trails (Northridge, Telegraph and Southridge) meet at each end, and there are several off-shoots that cut-through if you don't want to do the full loop. 6-milesAt the far East side of the park, there is a small campground with horse stables if you need to refill on water. There are picnic tables and flush toilets (and showers!).

6-miles on Telegraph there is '4-corners' where an awning has been constructed over a couple picnic benches. This is a nice place to rest, but there is no water here.

For a detailed topo map of this State Park, see this link: http://www.parks.ca.gov/pages/648/files/ChinoHillsMap2012.pdf

Recommended Route:
Trail and CX riders: Telegraph out and back
XC riders: Northridge or Southridge out, Telegraph back
XC and All-mountain riders: Northridge out, Southridge back



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Review Date
April 21, 2006

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: silentak1 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Rode up Telegraph to Four Corners. The trail was in good condition, except in the beginning there are a few muddy patches (even 3 days after the rain!). Four Corners needs a water foundtain or something, it's pretty isolated. Maybe a big shady tree. About 4-5 watercrossings along the way but nothing deeper than 6inches.
It's a 6 mile slight uphill hike to Four Corners and the return was mostly all downhill (in 1/4 of the time).

Recommended Route:
For beginners or first timers:
Park at Carbon Canyon Park ($3 weekdays, $5 weekends, $55 annual pass) and when you get in the park, turn left and go to the last parking lot. Telegraph might be one of the most traveled trails so don't wonder off into a bushy single track unless you have a map because they can get quite steep. After 2.5 miles, you will run into a water crossing with a lot of rocks on the trail, this may be a good place to rest for beginners. Around 5.1 miles into the trail, there will be picnic tables and lots of trees to your right, another good place to rest. At the 6.0 marker, you've reach Four Corners which has very little shade. If you're exhuasted by now, turn around here and head back down. Watch your downhill speed (speed limit of 10-15mph) as you can probably go 30mph. Most importantly, be careful when passing hikers and horses; always yield.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Fullerton Loop (usually a beginner's first step), Peters Canyon (6 mile roundtrip, but short steep hills)



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Review Date
August 14, 2004

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: mymtbr ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
rode north ridge today for the first time 5.5 miles up hill to my turn off. then back down telegraph trail. 11 miles total. great ride. will do telegraph trail to chino park next time. miles??



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Review Date
August 27, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: miguel Garcia ,  Racer , from LaHabra CA, US

Summary:
This is a fun climb up and once you get to four corners its all up to you on how fun you want to make your ride. The top of north ridge gives you a pretty good view of O.C

Recommended Route:
Were ever your front tire leads you.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Shabarrum Park



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