Black Star Canyon Trail

Silverado, CA
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Black Star Canyon is a 6 mile out and back trail located near Silverado, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but should be kept on leash.

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6 Completed 5 Reviews

I'm biased against "hiking trails" that are actually bulldozed truck roads. Nonetheless, there are some beautiful pedestrian ravine trails and awesome views from the ridge tops and access to Cleveland National Forest. Nonetheless, crime has been an issue for years, as evidenced by some graffiti, the trail cameras, electric fenses and razor wire of the private property, beer bottles and cans, even many miles up the trail, the numerous shotgun, pistol and rifle shells seen near the trailhead. Oh, and although my junker fixie bike survived two years of Santa Ana and Little Saigon, it didn't survive even an hour of being locked up three miles past the trail head. Walking back to Irvine was an unpleasant extra. Nonetheless, the red rock ridges make it one of my favorite places in the area.

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1 Completed 1 Reviews

This trail was amazing! took my two dogs and they loved it!! don't expect to find a waterfall during the summer. It has barely rained in the beautiful social but if its fitness you're interested in than do it!!

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3 Completed 3 Reviews

Great yet difficult hike.

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2 Completed 2 Reviews

This hike is great, lot's of climbing. The actual hike along the river bed isn't too long, there's a bit of a walk to the trailhead on a dirt road. The falls were dry, but maybe going right after a rain would be better.

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5 Completed 2 Reviews

Fun hike! I've done this one a few times. It starts off with a dirt road for a couple of miles. You pass over 3 bridges and an interesting yard along the way. After the third bridge you will find a tree growing sideways on the right where the road takes a hairpin turn left and up (there use to be concrete pipes that gave it a sure marking). That is where you want to go down into the valley. From there is through the valley and stick left. Fun bouldering along the way (they get bigger the closer you get). There's a neat shallow cave that is easy to climb into once you get to it (if you don't mind the smell). It has been barely trickling each time I've been there. You will also see a steep dusty incline up the right side of the mountain that looks like a few people have curiously climbed up (that's because they have). It is quite tricky and can be very intimidating as well as dangerous. Use caution if you want to venture up this way. The ground is very loose and can cause you to fall or push rocks onto people below you. Harsh thicket at the top, but with a great view if you can find one of the boulders to stand on. Coming back down isn't as bad as going up! INTERESTING TIP: RIDE MOUNTAIN BIKE TO THE POINT YOU GO DOWN INTO THE VALLEY AND LOCK IT TO A TREE. IT WILL BE HIDDEN FROM THE MAIN ROAD. THE RIDE BACK IS PURE COASTING AND ONLY REQUIRES YOU PEDDLING AT 2 SPOTS BEFORE YOU REACH THE STRAIGHT STRETCH BY THE PARKING!!!!

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3 Completed 1 Reviews

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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Pretty good hike! But unfortunately there was no waterfall!

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3 Completed 2 Reviews

I have done this trail about 5 times and it's always fun. It's a fun hike and I enjoy climbing the rocks. We are waiting for a good rain to go back and see the falls in action.

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4 Completed 2 Reviews

Very adventurous hike! A lot of climbing of huge boulders and rock jumping in rivers (depending on rain or not) should go with someone who has found the waterfall once before because seems to be easily lost! So much fun! Be prepared for a lot of climbing!

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