Hike the Black Star Canyon Trail

Black Star Canyon Trailhead - Search Nearby - Added by The Outbound Collective

​The Black Star Canyon Trail is a "best kept secret" in Orange County, offering hiking and a bit of scrambling / bouldering at the end - just before you reach a waterfall oasis. ​

The Black Star Canyon Trail is 6.8 miles out and back, which allows dogs and mountain biking. This trail is also good for nature trips and birding. The trail follows a river and you will pass by some interesting caves. The trail is open year round, but is best experienced after it rains to ensure the stream and waterfall are flowing. Beware of poison oak!

You can access the trail via Highway 241 at Santiago Canyon. Turn left onto Silvarado Canyon and take another left onto Black Star Canyon Road. Park on the road. 

Black Star Canyon is an important archaeological site as it used to be home to the Black Star Coal Mining Company in the 1800s. In 1831, there was a battle between American fur trappers and a group of Native Americans. 

Photos: Julio Cesar and Dennis Rex

Distance

6.8 Miles RT

Elevation Gain

1013 ft Gain

Type

Out-and-Back

Activities

Fitness, Photography, Mountain Biking, Running, Hiking

Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Food Nearby
River
Scenic
Waterfall
Wildflowers
Wildlife

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We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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