|From the Lilac Trail in the northwest corner of Chino Hills State Park behind Olinda Village in Brea looking across Sonome Canyon. The water tank at the left was where the main stop was made on the trek.|
|A nice little view of part of Sonome Canyon as framed by a couple of native oaks along the La Vida Trail.|
This route heads eastward and descends down into Sonome Canyon, which is at to the north behind Olinda Village. The descent is generally nice and gradual and wends down to the canyon bottom where there are what appear to be two branches of the canyon--one northwest and the other northeast.
|The northwest branch of Sonome Canyon from the La Vida Trail.|
In the northwest branch, the trail crosses where the creek drops down and there is a spot there where drop of several feet must provide for a nice little waterfall when there is actually a flow there.
|The La Vida Trail is at the left as it descends down into Sonome Canyon with its main branch dead ahead.|
Perhaps a visit in the spring is in order to see what these locales are like after the rains we expect to have--provided that there aren't trail washouts, that is!
|Having ascended the eastern slope of Sonome Canyon, this is looking back at the main branch.|
A little walk around the tanks and tower and a short descent to the southeast provided a very nice spot to rest in the shade of an oak tree and enjoy the panoramic views and the general quiet (although traffic from Carbon Canyon Road to the south could be heard.)
|From the water tanks and cell tower, this image looks over where the Madrona project entrance was slated to be next to the former Manely Friends stable along Carbon Canyon Road. Two ridgelines back is the main portion of Chino Hills State Park.|
|A road drops down from this point along the shadowed area at the right of center to the historic La Vida Mineral Springs property. Carbon Canyon is at the center and the north ridge of the main section of the state park in the distance.|
This was a nice way to finish out a short, but rewarding, hike through a seldom-visited area. After heading through the well-manicured village neighborhood, the walk concluded with another great experience and a reminder of why living in Carbon Canyon has so many benefits.
|From a flat bench or promontory above Olinda Village was this excellent view of Carbon Canyon as the narrow defiles in the Brea portion open to the fanned-out back of the canyon in Chino Hills.|
Those of us who walk these hills need to be more appreciative of what we have and what can be lost if our local governments approve more housing in the canyon.