Tin Mine Canyon Trail: Corona’s Forgotten Past

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Distance 

4.38 Miles

Time

2.5 Hrs

Difficulty 

Easy

Season

All Year

Elevation Gain

705 Ft

  • Dogs allowed on a leash
  • Out & Back Trail
  • Restrooms Not Available

Deep in the Corona woods, an abandoned mine lays waiting to be explored. Tell me this doesn’t get your heart pumping.

The Tin Mine Canyon Trail is a relatively flat and easy trek in Riverside County. Although the first half of the trail consists of either a dirt or paved road, the scenery drastically changes inside the canyon. Both mine portals are unfortunately closed. A long sleeved shirt and pants is highly recommended as poison oak is abundant inside the canyon.

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Tin Mine Canyon Address & Directions

To be redirected to the trailhead via Google Maps, click the following link: Skyline Dr, Corona, CA 92882

Parking is available on W. Foothill Pkwy, but due to the entire area being popular, expect lots of people on the weekends.

Tin Mine Canyon Trail

The hike begins on a paved road called Skyline Drive that is shared by hikers and bikers, and runs adjacent to people’s houses.

The start of the trek would have been rather dull if it wasn’t for the crazy looking sandstone formations shown below. The creek runs at the base of these formations.

Tin Mine Canyon Sandstone formations

After the first bend the view opens up and a beautiful morning sun illuminates picturesque green pastures.

While most people head up the hill to the right, you’ll continue your trek by heading straight into the canyon.

This is where it gets good.

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Before arriving at the main portal, there’s a concave dent on the left side of the canyon wall.

It seems like this used to be a shaft of some sort.

The primary mine looks like something out of a movie, with the wind violently blowing poison oak vines around the portal. There was no one else in the area.

Only darkness as far as the eye can see.

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A bit further up the trail and to your left, you’ll see a second portal precariously located about 25 feet above the canyon floor.

Unfortunately, this one is also closed.

From this point forward the vegetation gets significantly dense, but also stunning. I felt like I was in the dense canyons of the San Gabriel Mts.

Poison oak is abundant, so long sleeves and pants are non-negotiable.

The trail abruptly ends, but the adventure doesn’t have to.

For those who enjoy a bit of rock scrambling, there are a series of small seasonal waterfalls further up the stream.

Had there been water, the creek would have been a real treat. Nevertheless, it’s a fun detour which only takes 10 minutes.

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