Explore the most popular trail running trails in Limestone Canyon Regional Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

mountain biking
14 hours ago

Perfect mountain biking through OC’s most haunted canyons!

Good one but tough to get over all the boulders toward the end. Enjoyable and great sites. Not a beginner trail in my opinion. The trail from parking lot to the start of the “falls trail” is easy but once you start out for the falls it gets tougher and tougher. I would suggest a nice cool day or start early. Proper hiking shoes definitely a must. Pack a snack and appropriate water (depending on the heat).

This one was tough. We went in woefully under-prepared (we each had a small water bottle, that’s it) and ignorant of what the actual hike entailed (we knew it had a waterfall).

The first part of the trail is a scenic walk through black star canyon, great views, but not exactly what I’d call challenging. The hard part came once we got to be river. Hopping across the rocks and hiking along the river was a lot of fun, but when the rocks turned to boulders and we went from hopping to climbing, things started to get dicey. Neither of us had ever done something like that before, so you can probably imagine the...challenge we had to overcome.

But overcome we did, we made it to the waterfall, and it was beautiful. The hike back was tough, and once it was over I had a serious case of jelly-legs, but I’m glad we persevered. It was a valuable lesson that helped me grow as a hiker and a person

My struggles can’t be blamed on nature, the hike itself was beautiful and rewarding, Would like to do it again one day.

It was raining when we went and it was a tough hike. But worth it to see the waterfall at the end.

This hike was so much fun but be prepared to do some rock climbing. There is a river that runs through it but it depends on the time of year and the rain we get.

We took our boys but it kicked their butts.

A little crowded on the weekend but a fun hike

This was my second hike ever and this hike kicked my ass lol still got to the end though!

Great hike. Not too crowded, and easy to park. Flat fire roads at first, but then you get into a nice riverbed with great views. There wasn’t any water when we went, but it would probably be even nicer after some rain. Both my dogs did great- one big, one little. But we turned back right before the end because we heard the last part was hard to get the pups up over the boulders and there wasn’t a waterfall right then anyway. Would recommend.

Super cool hike! Apparently it's claimed to be the most haunt trail in Cali. Super beautiful and the end is a blast. For dog hikers, know it might be a bit hard to get your canine up the very last stretch. The hike is super awesome as a whole. Hope it rains soon!

hiking
1 month ago

My sister and I did this hike about a year ago.
It’s a super fun hike, but it gets pretty hot. We went right after there was that couple month span of a ton of rain so there was an actual waterfall there and a little pool at the top.

We made the mistake of hiking through poison oak the entire way (and there’s a TON of it so keep your eyes peeled!).

Fun hike.
Very challenging at the end when you’re clambering over rocks and things. Expect to get a full body work out here.
I would recommend going after heavy rain so you can soak your tired feet in a pool of cold water when you get to the top.

Do you like long hot trails to nowhere?? No waterfall, no water...

hiking
1 month ago

Last half mile is very hard and challenging with rocks and boulders. There was no water at the fall. There are lots of wizards and birds singing along road. Good 4 hour hiking. I like it very much.

Decent trail with lots of rocks and boulders. It’s definitely a full body workout

Great hike, gigantic boulders, tons of poison Oak! No water up top, so we turned around 15 minutes short.

if you're going to do this Trail be prepared there's a lot of rock climbing without ropes but a lot of boulders but it pretty cool extreme Trail to try

We went in September and it was too dry but still an awesome fun trail with just the right amount of challenge

moderate trail with lots of rocks ..

hiking
2 months ago

This was a great hike or walk plus bouldering. I just picked the first hike that was rated as hard near me. First part is easy. I liked walking along the river, and just beware, you're going to climb huge boulders. You are basically Billy Goating your way up to the falls, and you can't see it so you just keep climbing! It's pretty when you get there. Unfortunately only a trickle of water.

Side note: graffiti on the boulders makes me want to take paint remover and remove it. Picked up people's trash on the trail as I went.

If you don’t like experiencing a ton of people on the trail, graffiti on the rocks, and people leaving trash behind then don’t hike this trail. The hike itself is fine, just too bad this particular trail attracts the worst people who show no respect for the outdoors or the trails we all enjoy.

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

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.

hiking
2 months ago

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.

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

hiking
2 months 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.

hiking
2 months 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!

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

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!

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