Chino Hills

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For the city, see Chino Hills, California.
Chino Hills
Chino Hills Photo D Ramey Logan.jpg
Highest point
Elevation 485 m (1,591 ft)
Chino Hills is located in California
Chino Hills
Location of the Chino Hills in California [1]
Country United States
State California
District San Bernardino County
Range coordinates 33°56′02″N 117°44′16″W / 33.9339°N 117.7378°W / 33.9339; -117.7378Coordinates: 33°56′02″N 117°44′16″W / 33.9339°N 117.7378°W / 33.9339; -117.7378
Topo map USGS Prado Dam
An insect inside a flower in Chino Hills.

The Chino Hills are a mountain range on the border of Orange, Los Angeles, and San Bernardino counties, California, with a small portion in Riverside County. The Chino Hills State Park preserves open space and habitat in them.[2]


The Chino Hills are separated from the Santa Ana Mountains to the south by the Santa Ana River (Santa Ana Canyon). On the northwest, Brea Canyon separates the Chino Hills from the Puente Hills.[3] To the north of the Puente Hills and San Jose Creek lie the San Jose Hills.[4] The only paved road crossing the Chino Hills is Carbon Canyon Road (State Route 142).[3]

Recreation in Chino Hills[edit]

The City of Chino Hills provides a variety of options for residents and non-residents within the area ranging from sports, equestrian activities, and locations to host private events. Big League Dreams Sports Park, is a multi-use sports facility, its 33 acres attracts tournaments, visitors, and new commercial ventures. Chino Hills is home of the McCoy Equestrian and Recreation Center, the facility has a large community room, outdoor wedding areas along with three lighted horse arenas, covered bleachers, gazebo, and connections to the trail system. McCoy is utilized for community events, horse show competitions and also for private events such as small receptions and parties. Recently added to the city is the Chino Hills Community Center, the city's largest complex which hosts numerous classes, large events such as weddings and banquets. The Chino Hills Community Center is located between the McCoy Center and Community Park. Chino Hills is also home of the Los Serranos Golf & Country Club which opened in 1925 and continues to be a favored community attraction. Chino Hills has recently built a new state of the art library, James S. Thalman Chino Hills Branch with excellent reading and technology use opportunities.

Education in Chino Hills[edit]

Chino Hills is a part of the Chino Valley Unified School District


  • Butterfield Ranch Elementary School
  • Chaparral Elementary School
  • Country Springs Elementary School
  • Eagle Canyon Elementary School
  • Glenmeade Elementary
  • Gerald F. Litel Elementary
  • Hidden Trails Elementary School
  • Michael G. Wickman Elementary School
  • Oak Ridge Elementary School
  • Rolling Ridge Elementary School

Junior High:

  • Canyon Hills Junior High
  • Robert O. Townsend Junio High

High School:


The Chino Hills are in the California chaparral and woodlands ecoregion of the California Floristic Province. The California native plants here are in the chaparral and oak woodland plant communities, with remnant stands of native grasses of California.

Chino Hills earthquake[edit]

On July 29, 2008, a magnitude 5.5 earthquake was located 3 miles southwest of Chino Hills that was felt throughout Southern California and felt as far east as the Las Vegas Valley and as far south as San Diego. It occurred at 11:42 am PDT and caused structural damage to buildings, including to St. Jude Centers for Rehabilitation and Wellness and to the Pomona City Hall. Water mains were ruptured in limited areas of Los Angeles, and superficial damage was done to the facades of businesses and other buildings. Many businesses, including Wal-Mart, reported damage to merchandise which was knocked to the floor and South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa suffered damage to a portion of the ceiling which was knocked to the chair of a restaurant.

There were reports of minor injuries but no fatalities.[5]


The famed cliff swallows of Mission San Juan Capistrano are now nesting in Chino Hills. Thousands of the small birds, up from 'wintering' in Argentina, have built their mud nests in the eaves of the Vellano Country Club, a community situated around a golf course in the hills.[6]

Adjacent ranges[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Chino Hills". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2009-05-03. 
  2. ^ McClung, Valerie. "Chino Hill California". City web Master. Retrieved August 9, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Santa Ana, California, 30x60 Minute Topographic Quadrangle, USGS, 1983
  4. ^ San Bernardino, California, 30x60 Minute Topographic Quadrangle, USGS, 1982
  5. ^ "Minor damage from 5.4 quake shows California has learned its lessons", Los Angeles Times, July 30, 2008
  6. ^ -access date: 6/6/2010