Joseph Canyon Trail
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#1 Jan 22, 2009
If you go to the top of Rimpau, keep going till you get to Cleveland, then head up Cleveland and eventually you'll reach a street called Joseph Canyon Trail that turns and goes down to a long row of mailboxes, no trespassing signs, a locked motorized gate, and a sign that says "Joseph Canyon - Since 1890" The year may be different this is what I can remember. Can someone please tell me the history behind this and the origins of this community? I have lived in corona for several decades and have always wondered what this was. I looked in the Heritage Room at the Corona Public Library and wasn't able to find anything. I am not sure if this is even part of Corona as it may be a portion of unincorporated land that is part of Riverside County, or even Indian territory. If anyone knows anything about this it would be much appreciated and will satisfy my curiosity. Thanks!
Since: Jan 09
#2 Jan 23, 2009
Haha, me and some friends went up there in my jeep. We waited for someone to come out of the gate and we drove up there at night. THERE ARE SOME CRAZY FOOLS IN THERE! We got about half way to the top and some redneck that was passing us driving the other way (its a one lane road so only one car can go at a time) and he pointed a shotgun at us and asked who we were. It was some scary shit. He told us it wasn't part of Corona and that it all belongs to the descendants of early settlers in this area in the 1800's. All their last names are Joseph. The guy yelled at us and said to never come up there again. I have no sources on this but someone also told me that supposedly at the very top Keanu Reeves has a house. That's all I know and I suggest you don't try to go up there. Someone might blow your head off lol. Its weird none of the map websites like google maps or mapquest have any record of that area like there are no street names or somethin. Well, I hope that helps. If anyone else knows anything about this place I'd be interested in hearing also.
#3 Nov 11, 2012
My family used to live up there. We called it Fisher's Mountain, as a man named Charlie Fisher owns several properties on the hill. We actually lived in two properties, the large, green house that you can clearly see directly behind the mailboxes and also a mobile home on a piece of land that was more flat. You can see to the right of the green house a terraced piece of land with a pepper tree at the edge above the road. Believe it or not we used to have a rope swing attached to that tree and would swing out above the abyss. At least it seemed that way when we were kids. I believe Mr. Fisher to be deceased and have no knowledge of the current residents other than what I can see on Google maps. Any time we think of moving back to Corona, my brother and I dream of finding a way to live back on Fisher's Mountain. I do remember some details about life up there, our neighbors Jim and Beth were hippy types and gave us all sorts of juice to drink. Not Jamestown Juice, mango, kiwi, etc. There is a quartz mine up there and we would routinely find crystals as big as footballs scattered around the property. My brother and I discovered a half-petrified elk pelvis. We were told by the local museum that elk had not roamed southern California in over 500 years. There is a lot of wildlife on the mountain as well. Feral cats are the least of you worries up there, though we once saw a mama cat take on a bobcat and win while protecting her kittens. Great Horned Owls are in abundance, we saw and heard them nightly. Once, when arriving home, there was a gopher snake stretched across the road, the whole road. He had holes on both sides and we couldn't see his head or tail. There is also a natural spring running down the canyon, complete with waterfalls and cool water pools perfectly suited for the newts and frogs found there-in. During our years up there we kept some small animals from time to time. When the weather was nice we would leave our rabbits outside in a hutch, it turned out to be a horrible mistake. One night the whole house awoke to shrieks, the likes of which we had never heard. The lighting at night is not so good especially on this overcast, foggy early morning and none would venture out. Once the sun had burned off the haze we emerged from the house to find our rabbits gone, their cages left bloody. They were literally ripped through the side of the hutch. The hutch itself was still upright latches untouched, no evidence of scratches, no paw prints that would be indicative of coyotes, or wild dogs. The authorities were able to identify the hair from the rabbits, but the source of the other hair sample is still unidentified. Our family suspects a Sasquatch, please make your own conclusion. The newspaper was involved and you can probably find the microfilm at the Corona library. It was the late 70's and early to mid 80's from which I draw these memories and I hope you enjoyed them as much as I enjoyed living on Fisher's Mountain.
#5 May 2, 2013
i call BS!
#6 Dec 13, 2015
What he said is true My father lived there in a trailer home for about 3 years back in (1990 - 1993). Mr Fisher does own all the property up there and it is privet. We use to ride 3 wheeler's and a goped up there. I am not sure what its like today but it was a blast playing around up there and building forts!
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