Black Star Canyon Falls Trail is a 6.8 mile heavily 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.

Length6.8 miElevation gain941 ftRoute typeOut & back
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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 turn 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. Black Star Canyon Road Restricted Parking Zones The County Board of Supervisors recently approved the following recommendations: - West side of Black Star Canyon Road: (1) “No Parking” zone between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 4:00 a.m. from Baker Canyon Road to 400 feet south of the access gate, and (2) a “Tow‐Away No Parking” zone from access gate to 400 feet south of the access gate.” - East side of Black Star Canyon Road: (1) “No Parking” zone between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 4:00 a.m. from Baker Canyon Road to 50 feet south of the access gate, and (2) a “Tow‐Away No Parking” zone from access gate to 50 feet south of the access gate.”

Parking located at the trail start point

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yvonne kunz
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Oscar E
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It was a nice hike but do not expect water coming down the fall, is completely dry. It would look amazing if there was not graffiti all over

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Mia Womack
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It was very fun. Way more strenuous than I anticipated. Come prepared. And start early enough so you’re not caught in the dark.

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Nicola Wiseman
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Jade Holman
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Ted Grove
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Chhoum C
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Lauren leonard
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Michal Olender
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Julio Grand
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great hike

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Geraldine Cadalin
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Kevin McNamee
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Very nice hike. I'm giving it 5 stars because I'm sure when there has been recent rain it's a great hike. I got to the waterfall and it was dry.

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Aiden Solano
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Very pretty. Sadly no water running

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Nicholas Wolfsen
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Dylan Scarpelli
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Great hike! The bouldering part was great and a fun challenge, as someone who hasn't been rock climbing or bouldering before it was a blast! I even managed to climb up into the cave that is under the waterfall. The worst parts were the walk back on the 2 mile flat from the parking lot to the actual fall trailhead and the graffiti was also sad to see.

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Jason Essayli
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I don’t get the hype. It’s mostly surrounding & walking in between mountains with virtually no overlooking views. Creek is dry. Theres nothing to see.

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Isabella Ford
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Sabrina Padilla
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Beautiful place, you have to climb over rocks the entire way up. Sad to see lots of graffiti.

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Hector Hernandez
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Best hike in the world! A bit hot tho, unfortunately there was no waterfall Also it’s not as pretty as before, a lot more graffiti

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Corey Lukin
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Beautiful. No water flowing currently.

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Julio Grand
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JeanMarie Bancher
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Loved the trail! Actually enjoyed the rocks! Beautiful day with blue skies! Sad that there was no waterfalls at the end. One disappointment is all the graffiti on the rocks! WHY???

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jesse natural
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