Nearly 40,000 acres of open space on the historic Irvine Ranch have been designated a Natural Landmark by both the State of California and the U.S. Department of the Interior. This honor recognizes the exceptional value of these lands to California and the entire nation. This land is part of the 50,000 acres of permanently protected land preserved on the historic Irvine Ranch. The Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks contain important natural habitats and unusual geological formations. The landscape is home to hundreds of species of plants and animals, including eagles, badgers, mountain lions, Tecate cypress trees, and many rare species of birds, reptiles, amphibians and plants. Scientists have identified this region as one of the world

hiking
12 hours ago

This is a fun hike. Climbing, jumping and water. What more could you ask for? I will being doing this one often. Bring water and take your time.

Love this place. Beautiful scenery, long trail, lots of rock climbing and jumping, and a waterfall. Bring a backpack full of snacks and drinks and make sure you give yourself plenty of time.

Good hike once you get into the actual Canyon. You have to climb over different size rocks and cross the creek a few times to make your way to the actual waterfall. Best time to go is early morning and after a nice rainfall to actually see a "good sized" waterfall.

Try to go with someone who knows how to get up to the falls ..... bring more water than you think and beware I'd altitude sickness ... ready to wear gloves to climb boulders and bring a hiking stick . Tuffer than you think ..

I love this hike I've been going for years. alot of poison oak though. still totally worth it❣❣❣

I love this hike. There are a lot of boulders

It was my first time going here, even though I live 20 mins away. It's definitely worth checking this trail out! It took me about 1 hour and a half to reach the end which leads you to a beautiful waterfall. The scenery along the hike is rejuvenating, it'll definitely bring peace of mind! I went alone but tagging along with a friend would be nice too!

beautiful! A LOT OF GIANT ROCKS! but so much fun climbing and figuring out how to get to the falls. the stream is beautiful we saw so many salamanders! birds, bugs and animals ! getting to the hike is a LONG walk like 1 1/2 miles from the parking lot before you even get to the hike. parking free! get there early around 6 because it can get busy. bring lots of water, snacks, sun screen good hiking shoes preferably water resistant. I would definitely go back. loved it !

Great hike for my wife and I. First time up to falls for us and it was very nice. The falls were down to a trickle but still worth the 2 hour hike.

hiking
15 days ago

There's trails (on/off) to the side of the creek, but boulder climbing is so fun. I'll def be back. Parking is free btw guys.

once you get to the trail your going to follow a dirt rode about 2 miles long. keep going until you see the sign for black star falls. once you start that trail which is about 4 miles it gets tedious. alot of rock climbing! It was absolutely
gorgeous the entire way there! Highly recommend if you are up for a challenge. do not go on a hot day. definetly bring a camera