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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.

Length 6.8 mi Elevation gain 941 ft Route type Out & Back

Dog friendly

Hiking

Mountain biking

Nature trips

Rock climbing

Bird watching

Cave

Forest

Partially paved

River

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Bugs

Over grown

Rocky

Scramble

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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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Reviews (2970)
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Aj Sf
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RunningGreat!

Was awesome

Aj Sf
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Hiking

It’s awesome trial

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daniel flores
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no nos gusto porque dice mi parejita que no habia charquitos!

Sydney Walters
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Hiking

Very fun trail. First 50 minutes is an easy walk. Then the rocks become boulders and before ya know it, you made it! When you reach the waterfall and if you are feeling bold, climb the steep cliff side to the right of the waterfall. There are some ropes to help you. Take it all the way up and it’s and you’ll be above the trees and get a breathtaking view! You can go down the same way or keep walking on the path and join the bike path to take you back down. Be safe-it’s very steep!!

Kevin Horn
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Hiking

Moderate trail with a long flat road to get to the main trail - almost 2.5 miles. Lots of poison oak around trail. Great waterfall spot but no water at the moment.

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Matt Foreman
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Mountain biking

rode with kevin. started 8:00 am and it was still hot. got crowded esp lower down. long haul but good slow ride. very very sore butt.

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Mike Chavez
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Hiking

Very nice hike and then came the boulders that you had to climb. It was not that bad but challenging. There was no water at the falls but there was a cave that was the highlight. I will do this again in the fall.

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Tuyetly Phu
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HikingGreat!RockyScramble

This trail wasn’t as bad as I thought. Not at all crowded when I went which was nice. Walk way was all sand road, you’ll see lots of trees and pathways. This was a relaxing trail for me.

Mark P
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Hiking

I am 64 and my wife is 62. We almost made it all the way but decided to turn back at a point where the rocks got a little big. At that point two young men about 24 years old breezed right up it. Nice hike to keep you on your toes looking for the next place to step. One big disappointment was the amount of liter on the trail, from TP to water bottles; juice pouches and fruit cups. Common people leave no trace!

Diana Gonzalez
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HikingGreat!No shade

Definitely a challenging hike, lots of rock climbing to do and uphill. Make sure you take plenty of water. Roughly any shade through out the hike so I would recommend getting an early start to beat the sun! The trail is definitely worth it!

Elizabeth T
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HikingOver grownRockyScramble

This is a very hard hike - great for those looking for a challenge. There is a ton of rock climbing involved in which case it’s half hike half climb. It would be even harder with a running waterfall in the spring because the rocks were slippery for us even without much water in the creek. I would say it’s more like 4.5 miles in, 4.5 out rather than the 6.8 listed. It took us four and a half hours which only included a couple small breaks. I’m not the best hiker ever, but I’d estimate about 4 hours total is average. The waterfall was mostly dry today, but it is the middle of summer. Fortunately, there was some water trickling in the creek which was nice. Lots of reviews on this hike say “bring lots of water.” I brought my 32 oz water bottle and wish I had more. I never felt faint, but it would have been nice to have an extra 16oz or so. As for kids, we saw some families mostly on the flat part at the beginning of the hike. It might be fun for kids to play in the creek a bit, but I don’t recommend taking kids all the way to the waterfall. It’s very precarious with lots of slipping places. The down sides of the hike are that there is a ton of graffiti, it gets crowded, and the trail is not well maintained. We arrived at 7am on a Sunday and it was already getting busy. In regard to trail maintenance, there was a ton of trash including bottles, wrappers, and wipes/toilet paper on the floor. Overall, I would recommend this hike more for someone wanting to train and less for scenery. PS No bathrooms at trailhead.

Jacqueline Devot
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Hiking
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Rak Din
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HikingRockyScramble

I took this hike solo yesterday to make sure 3 kids ages 10, 12, and 12 could tackle this challenging hike. Satisfied, I took the 3 kids there today and all did very well and made it to the end. All have prior hiking experience which was likely a factor. Took it slow and cool. Although it was quite warm today, the majority of the creek stays cool but you still must make sure to bring plenty of water.

Natalie Merkle
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HikingGreat!Rocky

Awesome trail! Challenging for sure! The first 3 miles until you get to the sign that says “Black Canyon Falls” is 100% kid friendly. Once you get to that sign, I would say NOT kid friendly (I did see some kids doing it), but personally I think it’s too dangerous for them. Maybe like 14+. The waterfall was not present as it hasn’t rained in a while, but it was still so beautiful. Highly recommend if you’re looking for a challenge!

Scott Zylstra
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Hiking

Gorgeous (in spite of the grafiti), a nice deep riparian canyon with neat rock formations all around. The beginning part is a wide sunny canyon, which gets deeper and greener as you progress. Some fun scrambling over boulders when you leave the main road. The falls are a trickle in the middle of the summer, but still a neat sight. Pay attention to the rocks around you - the limestones are chock-full of white shell fossils.

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Minzhi Zhu
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Hiking

Flat beginning and some rock on r he river bank to scramble. Only did 3 mile in. Would come back for the waterfall in another not that hot day.

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Rak Din
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HikingNo shadeRockyScramble

The last mile in is essentially the creek bed and the rocks and boulders get more challenging the closer you get. Keep an eye out for the paths along side the creek so you are not actually in the creek that often, with most being on the west side but not always. Take it slow and safe.

Lexie Relph
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HikingRocky
Josue Napoles
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HikingBugs

Definitely recommend this hike to anyone who wants to be sore the following day! I got there around 5:00pm and there was still a good amount of people hiking. Take snacks and don’t forget to stay hydrated.

Gilbert Jaime
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HikingBugsNo shadeOff trailRocky
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