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After the long walk, you’ll get to some signs and that’s when the real hike begins- so much fun!

Great variety of difficulty. Car Wreck is legit hard.

I’ve done this hike multiple times and the last two times I’ve thought as I walked all the way back to my car how boring this trail is.

Besides the boulder scrambling portion & waterfall, this hike really sucks and is boring. It’s definitely a full body workout when you’re scrambling up the rocks but that portion is just too far and too boring to get to. Maybe I’ve been here too many times

Really fun trail. Lots of rocks and boulder so I highly recommend boots and some good socks. Not heavily traffic cause it is a lil tough. Recommend starting early too.

Lots of scrambling and light bouldering to make your way up. No water in the creeks or waterfall right now but still a fun experience! Will be back.

Started at Top of the World Entrance

West Ridge Trail > Wood Creek > Wood Creek Trail >Wood Canyon > Nature Loop > Dripping Cave > Car Wreck Trail > West Ridge

The loops on Wood Creek are great to get off the main road and under tree cover. The hike back up to Top of the World (and Car Wreck Trail) is steep with a decent incline and rocks.

It’s great view at the entry . We were there in the early morning. It is very refreshing. Unfortunately, the waterfall is not running.

11 days ago

Did this hike on a weekday with cooler temperature and semi-cloudy day. It was a good workout going up the switchback. The view is very rewarding as you can see the San Gabriel mountains, nearby OC mountains and ocean far away. The gate is closed beyond the visitor center so there is only 6 parking spaces. Be sure to get there early.

This was a surprisingly stunning hike with some seriously breathtaking views! Catalina Island is so much in clear sight that I nearly lost my mind. I sat at the lookout for at least 30 minutes just gazing at the ocean and the island.

I would suggest keeping your phone on you to track the trail because there are so many side trails to get lost on. There's also a lot of up and down, so be ready for strength training leg work as well. Overall, the 3 hours or so it took to complete this hike was well worth it.

Awesome Trail with a great view of all of Southern California. As other reviews say, its 3 miles straight up but there are plenty of switchbacks to help with the ascent. My garmin said it was about 2023 vertical feet. There is gravel for about 75% of the hike so be sure to wear comfortable shoes with good traction. Bring plenty of water and maybe a little snack to fuel up after your climb. I'm defiantly planning on coming back and doing this one again.

Side note: We brought our dog (which this trail is dog friendly) but maybe have your dog wear boots cause the gravel can be a lot of a dogs paws.

14 days ago

Review is for Black Star FALLS trail- starting at the sign (not the canyon’s fire road). As others stated, be prepared for boulders and rocks for a majority of the hike. I hike every weekend and found this trail to be very challenging simply due to climbing over rocks, trying to not fall in water and avoiding poison oak all around. I’m short which required me to use a lot of balance and upper body strength to get up and over the boulders. There were younger hikers who found this hike to be moderate (but definitely not concerned about how much it would suck if they scraped a leg or twisted an ankle which could EASILY happen and did happen to people I saw on the trail. Lots of scrapes and bruises.).

As for attire, I wore trail runners which worked fine. Hiking boots would have been best for ankle support and stability over the rocks. Wear long pants since there’s poison oak everywhere, especially at ankle height. Wear shoes with good traction since it is muddy and very slippery. Luckily, my leggings didn’t tear but I would’ve been better off with jeans or thicker pants (When you’re short, you end up boosting and sliding over boulders since you don’t have height to step up. I was paranoid all the rock sliding was going to tear a hole in the seat of my pants.)

The scenery is ok and is best in early spring after HEAVY rainfall. I did this hike once in late spring and it was miserably hot and dry with no water. It’s too bad there is so much trash and graffiti. Hence, the lower rating. (Spotted 3 different undies; smh)

Watch for the orange ties in the trees and blue arrows on rocks to guide the way. When you get half way up and spot a small sign covered in graffiti next to a rusted bike, the trail comes to a Y, turn left and follow the creek bed. Going straight will lead you to a disappointing dead end.

Hi all! I hiked through mud, bouldered the amazing rocks to the dry waterfall round trip in roughly 4.5 hours. Unfortunately, the waterfall is currently dry despite the recent rain. It will take a LOT more rain in order for this waterfall to come back.

15 days ago

We go hiking every weekend and have done a lot of trails, this trail by far is my favorite. First couple of miles is really easy road, and trail then you hit the trailhead and the fun begins. It’s a challenge a lot of rock climbing and maneuvering your way through massive boulders but it’s totally worth it. We will definitely do this one again.

This was one of the most difficult hikes I’ve taken in a long time. Most of the hike you walk up a muddy path (2 miles) until you reach the Black Star Falls Trail sign. From there, it’s straight bouldering! Intense rock climbing experience, you definitely need to be a bit flexible for this one. When we got to the top of the falls, there was no water, but it was still amazing. Happy to say I conquered it!

19 days ago

very nice walk around the lake lots of birds and great views of the lake and mountains I would rate it as easy,I guess the length makes it moderate,but it's nice and level for the most part,a combination of road,dirt road and trail recommend you take the short tree line trail on the south end for great views of the lake and mountains not much signage but you basically just walk around the lake

Great hike!! Challenging great views..

21 days ago

Quick, fun hike.

The first half is a steady incline and you're exposed to a lot of sun. The second half is a much steeper incline and can get quite chilly and breezy. If you want a nice conditioning hike, this is it. Careful along those rocky edges up in the second half. Can be challenging for this who don't like heights.

great hike. it was about 5k. we saw lots of deer especially in the shaded canopy parts of the trail.

This is a 5 star hike if you go after a recent storm. However, overall I have to give it a strong 4 star rating since the beginning of the hike is not that special and if you go during drier conditions it is not as enjoyable.

Parking- a road leads to the gate for the trailhead...if you get there early and are able to park near the gate make sure you are parking on the right side of the road as you approach the gate...on the left side for no apparent reason is a no-parking zone for about the 1st 100 ft or so and one time after returning from our hike we returned to see an officer writing tickets for about 10 cars or so...parking is allowed on both sides of the road beyond the first 100 ft closest to the gate *parking is free and no Adventure Pass is needed

Trail- the first 3/4 of a mile is a flat paved fire road; you will then turn right and walk for maybe 1 1/2 miles on a dirt path with private property on both sides and you can see and hear the creek running not too far away from where the path; after an easy 2-2.5 mile stroll you reach a sign "Black Star Canyon Falls" and the real fun begins and the hike gets much harder from this point on; you go down toward the creek and head left and follow the creek for about a little over a mile until you reach the falls; after a recent storm there will be many water crossings and you will definitely get your feet wet...also, as you get closer to the falls the rocks in the creek that you have to step on to cross the creek become boulders and the path becomes less obvious and you have to pick the route that you feel most comfortable to continue on but don't give up it will be worth it when you reach the falls; RT for the hike is about 7 miles from the parking lot to the falls and back

*if you go during a wetter time make sure to start your hike between 6-8 am since this place can get really busy when the waterfall is really flowing

Great day to be outside. Such a clear view to Catalina! The hike itself was ok. Well kept trails.

Very fun hike! Be prepared to be scrambling up and down some boulders for a huge chunk of the hike. I saw people of all ages successfully tackling this hike, so at long as you are up for a small challenge and are moderately fit you will be fine!

Vista Lookout Road - a decent trail with a good incline, the views are good, it is relatively short even if you are out of shape you won't get to the point of hating your life. There is a picnic table up at the top. No shade throughout the stretch, so be wary.

28 days ago

Great for kids

Great Hike!! Up and Down Hills with lots of beautiful Oak trees. Lots of good Photograph spots.

29 days ago

Great training hike. Pretty views at the top. No shade and some pretty friendly mountain bikers. Overall I really enjoyed this hike.

Construction on road
No parking at trail head

Stunning views, lots of elevation gain, exposed to sun the whole way. Easy navigation.

Went to the falls. They are dry right now, but it was still a fun hike with bouldering. Lot's of rocks, big rocks. you must be able to climb up, over and down various sizes of boulders. I had a blast.

I’ve done this hike 4 times.. I love it every time. Best time to go is during the rain, or right after for the best flowing waterfalls .I love a good challenge & this one does it most by far. Lots of boulders make it great if you like to climb. I would say this is an all over workout hike. Best time to go I’d say 6am. Avoid the toll road if you can.

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