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Black Star Canyon Trail [CLOSED]

hard(2455)
Cleveland National Forest

Black Star Canyon 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.

Distance: 6.8 miles Elevation Gain: 941 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

mountain biking

rock climbing

bird watching

cave

forest

partially paved

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

bugs

muddy

over grown

rocky

scramble

closed

NOTE: As of March 2020, parking along Black Star Canyon Road and parking lots will be closed due to COVID-19 concerns. Please check with the park before visiting for up to date information. 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.”

closed
6 days ago

UPDATE:3-29-2020. You can still hike, and bike at Black Star canyon. However the sheriff's department of Orange County is blocking you from parking in the area due to the outbreak. Unless you can get dropped off around the area. Or live up there. Your vehicle will get towed. Tried to go today and couldnt. Heres to hoping this hot mess goes away soon

hiking
closed
7 days ago

I’ve confirmed through ocparks.com that this trail is closed due to the recent events surrounding COVID-19 as of March 24, 2020

hiking
7 days ago

Would also like to know if the trails closed... I’d like to go tomorrow. Thanks!

8 days ago

I'm hearing mixed messages right now. Can anyone confirm that the trail is closed right now? I was looking to go up there this weekend.

hiking
closed
8 days ago

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no shade
off trail
rocky
10 days ago

hiking
11 days ago

This is a good and even somewhat challenging hike (if you work your way up the river bed and over rocks and boulders) The waterfall was great to see and enjoy Definitely recommend this hike.

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bugs
muddy
no shade
11 days ago

Meh, maybe it would have been better if not so crowded. This place is haunted and you can definitely feel that you aren’t wanted there.

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muddy
off trail
rocky
scramble
12 days ago

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scramble
12 days ago

Go early, gets crowded (esp right now on quarantine- seems everyone wants to hike now) we literally passed hundreds of people on our way out. Super fun rock scrambling and climbing. My 9 year old son was in hiking heaven. The graffiti was a total bummer and the bigger bummer was all of the people playing their music. We go into nature to hear nature, not your music. One word: EAR BUDS!

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flooded
muddy
rocky
scramble
13 days ago

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muddy
13 days ago

hiking
13 days ago

Good trail as always.... I love it.

hiking
13 days ago

Pros: A beautiful waterfall, challenging terrain, and beautiful Mother Nature all around you! My Favorite part: Going above the waterfall and getting views out to the Pacific Ocean. Cons: It was sad to see the graffiti and bags of dog poop, annoying to see the barbed wire and electric fences, and sometimes the crowds can be clutter parts of the canyon. FYI - I don’t know why this says dog friendly. It’s really not. The first half is, but the 2nd half of the hike is bouldering that’s difficult for grown adults. But yeah this hike is great. You need to time it right though. Water doesn’t always flow. Spring time with the flowers is nice. Wait 24 hours after rain, it’s muddy.

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rocky
13 days ago

Fun trail! A lot more rock climbing than I expected

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muddy
14 days ago

The first 2.5 miles are best described as an inclined walk on a smooth but heavily trafficked dirt road. Once you exit the road to hike to the falls, the trail gets narrow, muddy, and difficult to find at times. The number of trail users falls dramatically the farther in you hike, as the route requires frequent scrambling/bouldering. If you bring a dog, be prepared to lift him/her over 6-10 steep rock faces each way. It is an interesting challenge to try to find the most dog friendly route. If your dog isn’t highly confident and agile, I would recommend leaving them at home. The second part of the trail is pretty with the exception of graffiti painted on rocks in the creek. The falls at the end are unique and not what you’d expect to see anywhere in Orange County...but also are annoyingly spray painted. Lastly, if you’re thinking about doing this one in Coronavirus times, don’t...the trail is too narrow to avoid other people and everyone touches the same handholds while scrambling. 7.2 miles total, 3:25.

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muddy
off trail
rocky
scramble
14 days ago

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