Black Star Canyon

Silverado, California 92676

Black Star Canyon

Black Star Canyon Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"The Irvine Ranch Open Space portion of Black Star Canyon is open only for scheduled events. At the time of this writing, the canyon has open-access days (registration not required) every other month that include nature activities for kids. Black Star also has regular docent-led hikes and bike rides. Don’t mix up this area with the popular Black Star Canyon Falls hike in Cleveland National Forest, which is open all the time and does not require registration."

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Orange County: A Day Hiker's Guide (The Trailmaster)
John McKinney
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"Black Star might seem like the title of a sci-fi novel, but the name comes from the Black Star Coal Mining Company that began operations in the canyon in 1878. Known first as Cañon del los Indios (Indian Canyon), the canyon was renamed during the silver/coal exploration days when the Silverado Canyon area hosted extensive mining operations. Observant hikers will note seams of (rather low-quality as it turns out) coal exposed in the road cuts as they tramp Black Star Canyon Road. The road (closed to public vehicle traffic) passes through both private and public land (Cleveland National Forest) but is open to foot traffic. Oaks and sycamores, as well as willows and other riparian flora offer shade and greenery en route. Eucalyptus, planed in rows, add to the green scene." Read more
Afoot & Afield: Orange County (Wilderness Press)
Jerry Schad and David Money Harris
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"Good timing is the key to catching the waterfall in Black Star Canyon at its best. Since only about 3 square miles of drainage area lie above it, persistent rains are needed to get more than a dribble of water over the fall. Whether the water is flowing or not, though, the canyon bottom itself is delightful to explore any time the weather is mild." Read more

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Nice trail. Winds around, then very steep up to the top. But great view. Many mountain bikers. NO Dogs Allowed.
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Trail Information

Silverado
Nearby City
4
Distance
500 feet
Elevation Gain
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
2 hours
Duration
Best: October-April
Season
OC Parks: IROS
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Dec 2018