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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.

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

NOTE: As of May 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.”

hiking
muddy
over grown
rocky
14 hours ago

A lot of poison oaks, be careful!

This trail had some very difficult bouldering but I made it up (1 1/2 year old lab). It was very crowded even though we started before 7:30 AM and I had a hard time waiting when the trail got backed up, even though it was fun to play in the water. Next time I’ll definitely come back during the week and not Memorial Day weekend.

hiking
bugs
16 hours ago

Lots of poison oak on the trail on the way to the waterfall

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rocky
1 day ago

This hike was long and challenging! 2 mothers with 4 kids ages 4 to 9. Kids did amazing! So much energy, they made it all the way. This work out was worth it. Make sure to get there early. I believe it took us about 7 hours. I was dying on my way back to the car. Next time, no kids! I personally recommend no kids! Also hiking boots I had trouble with Nike's climbing huge rocks. I'm doing it again!

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rocky
1 day ago

Half of the way is flat dirt road and seems like it never ends on the way back lol! Half the people there should not be hiking this trail and it gets a bit annoying at times. If you are not prepared for crossing the river 20 times or climbing over rocks, DO NOT come here! Do not just wear sneakers here, wear hiking boots or shoes that will support your ankles. Do not bring babies or small dogs that you have to carry on the way back people! Be prepared to squat behind a bush because their are no bathrooms or porta potty’s here.

hiking
bugs
rocky
1 day ago

First two miles are an access road, then you get to the trail head. From the trail head you traverse across the creek many, many times, from boulder to boulder trying not to get wet. Many times ducking so branches don’t hit your head and paying attention to your footing so you don’t slip or brush your ankles on poison oak. The last .5 miles is straight up over rocks and pulling yourself with rope in one spot. There is no easy way to the falls. It says dog friendly, big dogs that can seriously hike (don’t think about small dogs, we saw several, a Chiweenie, Chihuahua, Corgi, Pug, seriously so sad, don’t put your small dog through a big dog hike). If you’ve got littles, it’s a no go, I’d say a child under 6 would make it very rough and miserable for all. Do I recommend, as long as the falls are flowing. Take water, camel pack or water bottles, but leave hydro flask at home (crushed empty water bottle are way lighter than a hydro) Bring snacks. Leave early and definitely start before noon at the latest. Took us 5 hours. Lots of people. Totally worth it.

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rocky
1 day ago

So fun! It’s long, but so so fun. Prepare to get wet, and get there early.

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rocky
1 day ago

Love this trail I always have fun but something that kinda sucked this time is that it was way overcrowded usually the parking dose not go past the ramp this time it was full almost half way back to the main road if you come make sure you get here early I got here at 730 and it was already getting crowded suggest getting there at sunrise if you can

hiking
2 days ago

Great trail- went on 5/20, harder than expected initially. About an hour walk in the beginning, turns into trail which turns into boulder hopping and climbing near the end, could be slippery and be prepared to get shoes wet. Beautiful flowers and scenery. A ton of poison oak right now. About 4 hours total time. Parking is very easy and overall one of the best hikes in OC

hiking
rocky
3 days ago

This hike kicked my butt, I was climbing and jumping all over rocks. I was highly disappointed that there was no waterfall in the end, yet I highly enjoyed the hike since it really challenged me. Can’t wait to go again

recorded Black Star Canyon Trail

walking
over grown
rocky
3 days ago

hiking
4 days ago

Went on this trail for the first time on 5/17, first half of the hike is basically walking on the road, then turned in to some rock climbing. Be prepared to get your shoes wet. The hike took about ~4 hours to complete. I climbed up the cave as well. Will come back again.

hiking
4 days ago

Good trail but expect a long one. My phone said about 7.5 miles..Lots of rock climbing at the end and very crowded. No one wears masks and large groups of people. Beautiful though.

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scramble
4 days ago

hiking
off trail
scramble
5 days ago

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off trail
over grown
rocky
scramble
5 days ago

A LOT OF POISON OAK RIGHT NOW!!!!! Wear pants, or you will get it. Make sure you know what it looks like so you can avoid it as much as possible.

hiking
muddy
over grown
rocky
5 days ago

This is a fairly hike until you get closer to the waterfall. Parking lot is closed as well. We ended up getting lost a few times because it’s overgrown and it’s hard to see the trail sometimes. Once near the waterfall you’ll need to do A LOT of climbing through rocks and water. I recommend bring extra socks and shoes. Stay safe!

hiking
5 days ago

Nice trail. Definitely challenging, last quarter mile before the falls is the most challenging part. Once at the entrance to the creek follow the clearest path up, well worth it after some rain. As of 5/19/20 is trail is open.

6 days ago

it's a great trail!!

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