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Well maintained trail .. lot of steep mountains which gives you a good workout. Pretty views too. Will do it again to get used

Excellent after a rain, especially for the full experience at the falls, but be aware that it makes it super muddy and you'll have to cross the creek several times - bring waterproof hiking boots to protect against the water and all the rock climbing you're going to have to do. Lots of dogs on the trails, both big and small, but I saw plenty of dogs of all sizes who needed to be carried through some parts, so keep that in mind when you bring your pooch! The hike itself is GREAT - one of the best in OC! though because it's so popular it gets super packed.

hiking
1 day ago

Very easy, short hike, but pretty steep so you might be out of breath when you get to the top. Pretty nice views from the top of turtle rock.

hiking
rocky
1 day ago

Beautiful waterfall at the end of a great hike! The first half is a flat walk, and the second half you’ll be climbing over boulders and rocks as you follow a stream to the waterfall. Super fun!

Very fun trail especially after a rain. Although it gets crowded later in the morning, there are lots of paths to take to avoid the traffic jams on the trail. I think the trail continues on after the first major waterfall

***ALL TRAILS CURRENTLY CLOSED DUE TO UNSAFE CONDITIONS***

hiking
2 days ago

Black Star Canyon

The trail was awesome! It rained all last week so there was lots of water in the creek and falls. The water made it a bit tricky, but it was worth it to see a waterfall in this area. Glad I wore waterproof hiking shoes.

I really enjoyed this hike - one of my favorites of Laguna! This hike is constant uphill for about the first mile (without a doubt, pretty challenging, but highly rewarding), opening up the ocean view on one side, and, on the other, the beautiful view of snowcapped mountains. Only in California can you get this beautiful juxtaposition! After that, this trail is pretty flat and easily doable through the beautiful rolling hills.

We started this hike clockwise at the trailhead as described by the coordinates of this app and finished the hike in about 1 hr and 40 minutes. Please note that the parking lot does close at 5pm.

Personally would not recommend this trail in hotter weather since there is no shade.

All trails are closed to the public due to “unsafe conditions” ): We will be back to try this trail soon!

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bugs
muddy
off trail
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rocky
scramble
3 days ago

Pretty difficult hike for clumsier people. There Are a lot of rocks to climb and jump off. If you’re shorter that may present a difficulty. The trail meanders a lot so it seems like you’re jumping from side to side a lot. You will have to eventually get your feet wet so plan accordingly. Don’t forget your socks like I did -_- came 3 days after the heavy rains we got on 1/15/19. Mud is still really slippery, and the rocks themselves are slippery too. Saw a lot of dogs so it is dog friendly. Be prepared for a long hike it took about 4 hours round trip.

Easy trail to follow. Was pretty slippery and muddy when we got down into the falls entrance. People were friendly. Trail was clean. Would do it again. Easy one for the dog too. :)

backpacking
9 days ago

This trail can be done in two days if you take the early ferry into Avalon and the mid day or late ferry out of Two Harbors. I did it January 11-12. Despite the mild temps, it seems to be in the off peak season. Lots of great scenery, elevation changes, and harbor views. However there are more power lines, fairly significant erosion, and other man-made changes that would otherwise result in a 5 star rating.

Check out the Wrigley Botanical Garden before starting from Avalon. it will help you identify some of the plants you see along the way.

Nice and calm route. there were some nice rock formations. i saw a bird.

Done and fun! Great socal hike. Desert mountains overlooking the ocean. Good climb too.

It is a good hike, just be careful while stepping on rocks. You could slip and sprain your ankle. Otherwise its not too difficult.

This trail is so much fun!! I love rock climbing so this was a very fun trail, the last mile or mile and a half are fairly challenging. There are even more options to climb once you reach the now dry water fall. There is quite a bit of graffiti but nothing that affected the beauty of the trail. Parking is free, the trail itself was fairly busy for a Saturday morning around 8 am. I will definitely be visiting this trail again soon!

Definitely wouldn’t call this a lesser known hike. Granted we went New Years Day, but starting at 8am on an exceptionally cold(for SoCal) and windy day, we were about the 10th car in the area. Passed probably 60 people on the way out and the parking was completely full.

The trail itself is actually only about a mile through a creek bed. The first 3ish miles are all on paved/hard packed road. Once in the creek the place really comes alive! As you progress up the boulders get larger and larger leading to some great fun climbing and hoping around. For those who wish to skip climbing, there is several paths around that hug the creek bed. The waterfall itself was dry, but a rope has been set up so you can climb up it a bit and explore the cavity the water has created. Once your done, scramble back down the creek hit the road and you are home free. Clocked 7.4 miles in 3.5 hrs leisurely.

Decent views, good fun scrambling, but LOTS of graffiti. Sad to see so much defacing in a reasonably secluded area, it was borderline distracting.

Nice walk with great overviews.

hiking
23 days ago

My 4th time and finally found the falls...

Really tough terrain, it's fun boulder hopping but not for a beginner.

It's about 8.9 miles from the parking lot due to zig zagging across the water.

Very cool Aquatic life in riparian section.

Nice trail with beautiful sweeping views of the pacific!

watch out for the mountain bikers. There are a lot of them. Other than that, take the left steep incline for a better workout experience!

great hike! first half is a flat fire road, the second half is legitimately climbing through boulders all the way to the fall. no water at the fall, it’s completely dry, but i think it’s been dry for a while. the graffiti and lack of signage is why i gave it four stars but otherwise a great hike!

Great Hike and views.

One of my favorite trails! It’s a really fun trail but lost of bouldering. Leads to two beautiful waterfalls... when there’s water. There’s hardly any shade from the parking to the actual trail head.

Found this to be more of a mountain biking trail, but very enjoyable the same. Thanks

Nice Christmas morning hike. Rangers said no dogs allowed but several large piles toward the top so watch out for those. (Hikers with dogs who don't pick up after their pets are just jerks)
Other than that, very well-maintained and well-marked trails. Beautiful scenery at the top
Rangers are friendly and helpful. All in all a very nice hike.

I Actually got my hiking partner and myself lost in these mountains... 12 miles later, feet bloody we made it back.
Lol

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