caves, Corona, Creek, Hiking, Riverside County, Tin Mine Canyon
When most people think of Corona they think of hot weather and dusty and dry trails. At least that’s what I was thinking. The Tin Mine Trail was none of the above. The actual trail is very well maintained and marked.
There are signs that point out the poison oak and there are information posts about the mining history of the area. The Tin Mine is all of a mile into the hike and it is right along side the trail. It is closed off to the public with metal posts of course for safety reasons.
The real fun of this hike takes place after the end of the actual trail. You can follow the creek for an additional two miles or so into the canyon. The vegetation is very dense and the canopy protects you from the sun. On the day that we ventured out here it felt more like a rain forest than the desert.
This hike is definitely only kid friendly up to where the marked trail ends. After that it becomes a hike for the more adventurous adults. For those that are extremely adventurous, you can actually make your way from this trail up to Beek’s Place on top of Blackstar Canyon Road.
Directions to Tin Mine Canyon Trail Head
I look for the trail to Beeks place but could not find one the trail just dwindle down at a fork to bushwasking> i Bushwack the left trail and that lead me to a 80foot wall all around me with no way out.
We went to the right. We also had to do quite a bit of bushwacking. From there you just have to make your way up…there is no clear trail.
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Did this hike this weekend and had a blast. There is actually two more tin mines further back after the one pictured. We ascended the rock wall next to these two extra mines (class 3 scramble) and then took a game trail to the top. We then hiked to skyline road and walked it all the way back down. (approx 11mi). The road takes you past Beeks and the radar station and gave us a great view of the ocean and OC. I highly recommend this hike to mid/advanced hikers.