There are many reasons why I love living in Corona, California – but I think I might love the views the most. No matter where in the city I find myself, I know that I only need to turn to see the beautiful purple-blue mountains standing just outside the city. When I need a break from the urban bustle, I hop in my car and drive the few miles over to the mountain trails to spend a few hours taking in California’s natural beauty.

There are a number of wonderful trails in the Corona area of varying lengths and difficulties, but the few I’ve listed below are some of my favorites. Take a moment to decompress, and explore the beautiful nature paths Corona has to offer!


Skyline Drive

Length: 11.4 miles

You could feasibly spend a few weekends exploring the Drive’s sprawling paths; despite being technically noted as a single trail, the Drive breaks off into several branches of varying difficulties for the ambitious hiker to explore. Featured landmarks include a cave and views of Catalina Island. Skyline Drive is open year-round and allows hikers to bring leashed dogs on the trail.


Holy Jim Canyon Trail

Length: 2.9 miles

This short hike is perfect for families with energetic children! The path features a beautiful waterfall and several smaller streams for kids to follow. Be warned, though, this path is rife with poison oak. Be sure to wear long pants and teach any accompanying children what the plant looks like before stepping foot onto the path.  


Graffiti Waterfall

Length: 0.8 miles

Come for the hike, stay for the art; this short  and easy trail offers hikers the chance to take in years of accumulated graffiti on the cliff face. This hike is wonderful for young families and nature-lovers who want to bring their dogs on their travels – but be sure to watch for the path’s steep hills and sudden slopes.


Coal Canyon Trail

Length: 5.5 miles

Lightly trafficked and relatively easy to navigate, Coal Canyon is the perfect trail for anyone looking to run, hike, or explore in California wilderness. This trail features a beautiful waterfall and is accessible throughout the year. The trailhead officially begins in Chino Hills State Park; however, visitors from Corona can reach the Coal Canyon path by following the bike path in Corona’s Green River Golf Course.


Tin Mine Canyon Trail

Length: 4.5 miles

Do you love wildflowers? Are you an avid birdwatcher? Tin Mine Canyon Trail might be a fit for you! This easy trail offers visitor an easy, enjoyable hike and is available year-round. Those wishing to bring their dogs may do so provided that the pet is kept on a leash at all times.


Corona is a place imbued with tremendous natural beauty; go enjoy it! Set aside an afternoon to hike one of these wonderful natural trails – you won’t regret the trip.