Coal Canyon Trail is a 5.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Corona, California that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and nature trips and is accessible year-round.
Coal Canyon is officially located in Chino Hills State Park; however if accessed from Green River Golf Course area in Corona then the trail will be found from following the bike trail path after a mile or so. On the left is the underpass which leads to two main pathways.
park at the golf course at green river. take the bike path for about a mile. you will see a point where you either continue on bike path or go left under freeway. go left, go under and you will see sign for chino hills state park. that it the entrance. then look for sign that says big no trail. keep going. it's about 2 miles or so till you get to the point the waterfall would be. we went, a couple days after the storms and no water fall just a trickle. BUT we would totally go back after the rain. this is an easy hike and it beautiful! #kidfriendly #plussizefriendly
Off the 91, head north on Green River Rd and park just past the golf course entrance. There is a water fountain there to fill up your bottles. From there, walk down the incline to the start of the new bike path (through the gate) which runs parallel to the Santa Ana River. Ignore the first underpass (private road entrance) and continue walking for about 15-20 minutes. After a short incline and bend, you will come to an information kiosk on the right with the underpass leading to the trails to the left.
Because of the complete absence of signage and construction activity it is easy to get confused and not even find the trailhead.
if this is your 1st time, READ THIS! park at the golf course entrance where the bikers park. go left on the bike trail for about 1/2 mile. you will see a an opening under the freeway in the left. on tje right you will see a little bench shadded area with some wildlife info. that how you will know you are ready to leave the Santa Ana Bike Trail. once under the bridge you will see a trail head named Chink Hills State Park. almost immediatly there is a fork in the road. we went to the right/straight which was bery tough! all uphill with hardly any shaded areas! ive read that id you go left at the trail it may be easier. will be teying that side on a later date!
got confused once i hit the sign for coal canyon...i did make it to "Big Mo Trail" which i am almost positive this is the same exact trail as my GPS shows i followed the same path indicated here.......its an out and back of pretty gravely terrain and a steady mild climb to the top, probably an old rain wash path or creek bed..... awesome ride for a fat bike or niner with low gearing, its a straight shot out to the ecological boundary then a straight (mostly downhill) return the exact way you came...pretty hard to get lost but always be cautious and use common sense.... its isolated, dry, and the terrain is a little on the rough side but the solitude is enjoyable and so close to home!
A little difficult to find if you don't know the area. The road to the trail is actually closed for construction, but there is parking just before the entrance to the golf course and you can walk on the bike path to the bridge under the 91 to the trailhead. The creekbed is indeed rocky, and the fire road up the hills is fairly steep and a constant incline. The views are fantastic and there was no other people when I was there on a Saturday afternoon. It was a good workout, and worth the walk on the bike path to enjoy a beautiful sunset in total solitude.
A little rocky through the dry riverbed but still a nice little hike to the end.
Beautiful cool day with soft rain and intermittent sunshine… Once the 91 freeway is out of sight this becomes a very beautiful hike. Take the route that says MO trail along the dry Creek. There's no water in the creek most of the yearl which just means that you'll be able to hike all the way to the dry waterfall. The walk is a geologist's dream with sub-bituminous or possibly lignite coal, gypsum and classic stratification on the way to the end. There's also a tremendous amount of plant life; a variety of succulents and brush that yields berries and some kind of yellow fruit that looks like a tennis ball but is as hard as a rock. The trail peters out long before the waterfall, But keep going up the creek to the end of a very narrow slot canyon. Nice little hike.
Great and easy trail.. Still very accessible. Waterfall was just a trickle but if El Niño ever shows up I'm sure it's a great sight to see
Trail is inaccessible