Hells Gate

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Up in the hills of corona on a dead end street there is an old signal tower. Past that, a small trail leads you to a walkway and a burn site. The story is… there was a house that stood there in the 80’s. Two parents lived there along with two children. One weekend the parents decided to go on vacation and hire a nanny to watch the kids. It is said that Satan possessed the nanny to lock the children in the basement. Later that night, the house burned down with all three people in it. Strange happenings occur such as cold spots, items moving from the time you travel up the trail to the time you travel back, and toys appearing and disappearing in the basement.

(Submitted by Christian)

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4000 S Main St
Corona, CA
United States

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33.824517345943164, -117.57967445252689
Riverside County, California
Nearest Towns:
El Cerrito, CA (3.4 mi.)
Corona, CA (3.6 mi.)
Home Gardens, CA (5.0 mi.)
Norco, CA (7.6 mi.)
Portola Hills, CA (10.5 mi.)
Foothill Ranch, CA (10.6 mi.)
Trabuco Canyon, CA (11.3 mi.)
Pedley, CA (12.0 mi.)
Mira Loma, CA (12.2 mi.)
Los Serranos, CA (12.6 mi.)


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  1. Barbara Andrews  |  

    I took this picture up there when I first moved here 14 years ago. I live right by there. Took another strange one this past Thanksgiving. I took this picture with my Nikon digital.

  2. This was the Ganahl ranch, the story told about this place is B.S., the old man, suffering from the onset of dementia accidentally set the house on fire while trying to light his fireplace with kerosine. no one died. he past away a few years later in a senior living facility. i used to hang out up there and talk with Mr Ganahl back in the late 70’s early 80’s. You can see our investigation @ cspar.org

  3. There is also legend that the burn site was heavy with satanic activity/worship and apparently a ghost carrying a headless cat has been seen?

    Can anyone confirm they have heard this/know this from experience?

    • We found a pagan altar (wiccan) once on site; not the inverted pentacle (a pentagram). No signs of satanic / luciferian activity that we saw.

  4. I read that the house was burned by the owner on accident in the late 70s. I called the Corona museum and talked to an old timer who has been living in Corona for over 50 years. He said ( I’ve never heard of any kids burning in that house ever, but I know the fire was an accident) Debunked! As far as that picture goes???? Who knows ??? Urban Legends are for kids

  5. I was walking up the trail once with a buddy and as we were walking down the trail. This red truck comes speeding through. The path is narrow with about two feet of space on each side and we moved to the side and the truck driver didn’t bother to slow down. He got to a bend (about 40ft from us) in the trail and pulled a U turn so he was facing us then stopped the car. I don’t remember too well what the driver looked like just that he was about high school age. The passenger also looked about high school age and had blond hair and blue eyes, Caucasian. He looked strong but not overly so. Skinny. When they parked the passenger picked up his phone and started talking to someone. We hung around for about a minute and a half. Keeping our distance from the truck. I told my friend let’s turn bag because we didn’t want to meet those guys. He agreed. As soon as we turned the car took off again. Again towards us in the direction in came from (keep in mind this all happened in the span of two minutes). They stared at us the whole time we were there. My friend and I are both 13. (Well, I’m 14 now). This was actually about a month ago. Not exactly Supernatural, but still creepy and weird and I think it deserves a spot on here. I have a picture of the road that leads up to the trail, but.someone already posted a very similar one

  6. Me and my friend Logan ,he also commented, we went up there and found lots of clay statues rabbits, turtles, birds, and babies. We went up there and there were lots of empty beer bottles and parts to air soft guns. It did give us a weird vibe though and it stunk in certain parts for no reason that we could see. There are also 2 drainage ditches that are filled with toys and stuff. It’s mostly just a place for teenagers to scare their friends and go drinking n

  7. I just visited this place few hours ago at 12:20am midnight and there was no activity of paranormal. No cold energy or winds. No signs of anything. It just appeared eerie due to abandonment of the area and crumbled ruins of house.

  8. Some friends and myself visited this spot last night at midnight. There wasn’t any activity found. No paranormal. No cold spots. No anything. I was disappointed.

    We regularly go to local paranormal spots all over IE. and there wasn’t any here at shells Gate. It just appears and looks eerie that’s it.

    We are known as Fearful Sights Group.

  9. My Paranormal Team “Fearful Sights” of Inland Empire visited this place last night at midnight. Yes it was eerie by its appearance but we didn’t witness any activity. No cold spots or energy. No paranormal activity. We were disappointed.

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