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Great little hike. Lots of scrambling over rocks. There wasn't any water when we went, but the canyon and the cave were still really neat. Definitely 420 friendly. Lots of people playing music while hiking.

best local hike orange county in my opinion.

Did this on 5/13/18
No water yet, also my first time doing it on a weekend and I couldn't believe how many people are blasting their speakers the whole time. still my favorite hike in OC

I wouldn't rate this trail as "hard", but it is fun! there's an awesome little cave and waterfall you can climb into at the end

Great hike! The beginning is flat but the end to the waterfall is tons of boulders, poison oak, and rattle snakes. Worth the hike.

Pretty environment quiet nice trails you can continue uphill for a long way

Always top choice for the girlfriend as I , we go there mountain biking or hiking

15 days ago

I do this hike as my staple conditioning hike 2-3 times a week and at least once week to the Doppler. I've had an organized hike here with at least 35 hikers taking part to as evening hike, it's breathe taking vista as the sun goes down and will have more coming soon!
Hiking With Friends

17 days ago

The first 1.75 miles is a road that leads up to the actual trail. The actual trail is a long rock scramble.... so much fun. We made it in about 3.25 miles and then doubled back... Not bad with two kids, 7 and 8 years old. They loved the rock scramble but didn't care for the long boring walk to get there.

I look forward to going back and getting to the very end,

19 days ago

Did this hike at 3:00 AM to catch the sunrise, nice hike, and not too challenging. Pretty solid view as well.

The trail isn’t even a hiking trail, its an offroad trail. I couldn’t even tell it was a spring when I reached it. It was completely dry, and not worth it at all. I ended up hiking up another 3 mi or so to find a nice view

Excellent hike. There was plenty of parking at the trailhead. The trail is a fire road - approximately 20 feet wide. It is paved in the beginning. The pavement disappears in most places as you get further away from the trailhead. This is a shared trail with mountain bikers but there is enough space for both hikers and bikers. Trail climbs steadily up the first five miles. There are some ups and downs during mile six and then it's back to straight uphill. I continued past the turnoff to Beek's Place and the KSOX Doppler Radar Antenna to near the KSRT radio antennas before turning back and going up the Main Divide Road to Beek's Place and the radar antenna. I was at 9 miles at the radar antenna. It's a great place to stop for lunch and to enjoy the view. Looking west you can see out to the coast. Looking east you can see Corona, Norco and Riverside. On the way back I checked out the beginning of the trail to Black Star Falls but didn't continue on as it was getting late on a winter afternoon. I will definitely hike from the Black Star Canyon trailhead again.

Ok trail but if you are looking for trees or shade forget it. Cool rocks to climb and interesting things along the way. Old cars and houses that look abandoned. No trespassing signs, creepy feeling along the way. Dirt road walk half the time before you get to the creek and trail. Did it on a rainy day which is rare. Once you do it, read online about this place’s history....

Good conditioning hike if you’re looking for some cardio - 3 miles of switchbacks, straight up. Fun! Then the way back is easy breezy. Keep eyes and ears out for mountain bikers here and there.

CLOSED: the trail marked above is now closed. You can’t access it from Santiago Canyon Road. If you go in without a permit you can get fined. Land conservancy volunteers are fast to enforce this.

Great climbing!

on Bedford Peak Trail

trail running
1 month ago

Great single track. No way to get lost here. Good climbing and not too technical. Not much shade here, so be mindful of the dog children.

First some practical information:

- Total distance 9.6 miles
- Take plenty of water (5-6 bottles)
- Take a flashlight and bug spray
- Take reliable footwear
- Expect to walk about 3.5 miles of dirt road before you reach the trail
- Take a right where sign reads "Black Star Falls" (Yes it is off-road)
- Take a left when you reach riverbed
- Expect to scale large rocks and boulders
- Expect to be able to do a pull-up
- Take a left where next sign reads "Falls" and the trail splits
- Expect to keep going
- Yes there is a waterfall (Depending on weather conditions and time of year it may or may not be active)

My round-trip completion time: 3 hours and 15 minutes

Black Star Canyon! Certainly one of the most challenging excursions in Orange County, as well as one of the most invigorating. The hike literally begins at a security gate where most choose to park their vehicles. Depending on the time of the day, it can be an arduous task making your way up the steady incline of a well traveled and flora encompassed dirt path. The approximately 3.5 mile stretch of trail will afford you not only some breathtaking landscapes, but with the physical preliminaries your muscles will require for the formidable climb to come. A beacon of the dirt paths transition point is marked by a post, reading "Black Star Falls". This somewhat clandestine sign can certainly be missed, if the traveler isn't particularly observant. The mouth of this route swallows its visitors whole, as one first steps down into the bowels of the flora encapsulated throat. Taking each each step down a staircase comprised of beaten earth and rubble, one might reflect on Black Star's fascinating history. After all, this region of the Santa Ana Mountains was once frequented by and home to the Tongva-Gabrielino natives; an American Indian tribe that established settlement in Southern California nearly 3,500 years ago. But, I digress. Once you've made your way to the riverbed, you have a plethora of ways you can make your ascent--making it that much more appealing to an adventurous hiker/climber. The roughly 1.3 mile journey to the waterfall will continually defy its visitors, presenting them with progressively larger and steeper rock-faces and boulders to climb. After a time, one should come to a split off in their course; this is made apparent by an erected make-shift post. Visitors are able to discern which direction to continue travel, by the arrow pointing left and the post reading "Falls". From this point it is about a 20-25 minute hike, until one should reach their destination; along with that will come three significantly large rock-faces--each larger than the last. The final rock-face will obstruct a direct line of sight to the waterfall. This only makes the final hurdle all the more worthwhile and gratifying. When you reach the waterfall, it's as if you've entered into a secluded paradise--one reserved only for those willing to brave the hardship to reach it. The air rich with the scent of moisture from the eventuality of a nourishing river. This miniature exotic expanse, is--for a moment--ones slice of Eden.

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