Black Star Canyon Trail

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Black Star Canyon Trail is a 6.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Silverado, California that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
6.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
925 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

cave

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

muddy

rocky

scramble

Black Star Canyon Trail, a lesser known hiking trail in Orange County of Southern California, is a fun hike to Black Star Canyon Falls. The trail can be accessed off of Highway 241 at Santiago Canyon and after a few miles you will tunf left onto Silvarado Canyon and then left onto Black Star Canyon Road. You can park along the road. Black Star Canyon is an important archaeological site and holds a great deal of history. The canyon was home to the Black Star Coal Mining Company in the 1800s, from which its name is derived. There was also an armed conflict in 1831 between American fur trappers, led by William Woldskill, and a group of native Americans called the Tongva. This was the bloodiest battle in history of the Santa Ana Mountains The trail starts off on a dirt road and then follows Black Star Creek toward the falls. The last portion of the hike requires boulder hopping up the stream bed to reach Black Star Canyon Falls. This hike is best experienced after heavy rain, as high flow is usually in the rainy season and can be only a trickle during summer and fall. There is heavy poison oak in the area so proceed with caution.

2 days ago

Great fun! Lots of rocks!

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2 days ago

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3 days ago

No water this time of year, but I️t was a fun challenge to climb the boulders to get the the cave. Beautiful scenery, The cave smelled like a sewer but I would imagine I️t being beautiful during the rainy season

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9 days ago

great trail if you like rocks!

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9 days ago

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12 days ago

This is an awesome hike! Goes from easy trail to climbing up rock walls of the river bed. So much fun! Don’t forget water!

12 days ago

Great hiking trail !
If you're looking for some rock climbing I definitely recommend this hiking trail !

Nice trail. Will do it again when there is some water

15 days ago

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21 days ago

Black Start Canyon Trail was an amazing hike. If you like to hike over rocks, bushes, and climb mountains. This hike is for you. Good for people who wants to get into hiking, I recommend that you should try this trail. At the end of the trail, you will reached a mini waterfall. Try it out.

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21 days ago

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23 days ago

Fun trail but remember to turn right to the sign that says Black Star Falls. Otherwise, you just hike the road. Beware of the poison oak!