Black Star Canyon Adventure

Irvine, California

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The Black Star Canyon Adventure is, as the name implies, an adventurous 16.65mile mountain bike ride in the Santa Ana Mountains of northeastern Orange County. The net elevation gain of the out-and-back ride is 2,004 feet, in 8 miles. The return trip features a rapid descent. Black Star Canyon has a rich history and folklore; the canyon and surrounding lands have multiple layers of preservation, including the Irvine Ranch National Natural Landmarks, Cleveland National Forest, the Wildlands Conservancy (through the Mariposa Reserve), and some private land ownership. Artifacts from the era of the ancient Tongva-Gabrielino peoples have been found in the canyon. Mining operations in the canyon area started during the early 19th century, and continued well into the 20th before ceasing. Some old mining equipment, infrastructure, and shafts can still be seen.
Best Bike Rides Orange County, California

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by Wayne D. Cottrell (Falcon Guides)

The Black Star Canyon Adventure is, as the name implies, an adventurous 16.65mile mountain bike ride in the Santa Ana Mountains of northeastern Orange County. The net elevation gain of the out-and-back ride is 2,004 feet, in 8 miles. The return trip features a rapid descent. Black Star Canyon has a rich history and folklore; the canyon and surrounding lands have multiple layers of preservation, including the Irvine Ranch National Natural Landmarks, Cleveland National Forest, the Wildlands Conservancy (through the Mariposa Reserve), and some private land ownership.

Artifacts from the era of the ancient Tongva-Gabrielino peoples have been found in the canyon. Mining operations in the canyon area started during the early 19th century, and continued well into the 20th before ceasing. Some old mining equipment, infrastructure, and shafts can still be seen.

© 2017 Wayne D. Cottrell /Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking, Mountain Biking, Trail Running
Nearby City: Irvine
Distance: 16.65
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Technical Difficulty: Moderate
Physical Difficulty: Moderate
Terrain: 92% dirt trails and fire roads; 8% paved
Duration: 1.5-4 hours
Season: Year-round
Local Maps: The Thomas Guide by Rand McNally—Street Guide: Los Angeles and Orange Counties (any recent year), page 801
Driving Directions: Directions to Black Star Canyon Adventure

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