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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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Bear Canyon Loop Trail
by Paul Garcia

2 Completed 2 Reviews

Pretty nice trail/loop!
Gets pretty warm in the afternoon, but there's a little breeze help cool you down once you get a little elevation.

The ridge trail is a little overgrown in places so wear pants or use poles to push the shrubs off the path.

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Verdugo Truck Trail
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402 Completed 356 Reviews

Actually this was an awesome trail, if it was passable? The forest devoured the trail was a major disappointment. Would have enjoyed going all the way through to explore the rest of the trail, it’s going to have to be next time around.

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Bear Canyon Loop Trail
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402 Completed 356 Reviews

AllTrails app for some reason was buggy in this area, tracking did not save and cell reception was weak at Bear Canyon Loop Trail but was perfect at San Juan Loop Trail. Original plan was to loop around Verdugo Truck Trail and descend at Morgan Trail to return to the parking lot, but Verdugo Truck Trail was just a total mess, a complete jungle, it was wretched, irritating and annoying, had to bail and retreat. Will have to return in the future and explore Bear Canyon loop. The views were indeed panoramic ascending, especially at the west and south made up for the disappointment at Verdugo.

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San Juan Loop Trail
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402 Completed 356 Reviews

It's a must see trail, best to do clockwise, because the trail clearly needs some maintenance after the campground if you're going counter clockwise, the shrubs totally devoured the trail, Dog friendly (no doggy bag provided, if you get the hint?) and requires a $5 parking fee. There are countless photographic opportunities, with incredible panoramic views everywhere on the trail, don’t forget your camera and a hat, this trail is around 30 to 40 percent shaded.

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El Cariso Nature Trail
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4 Completed 1 Reviews

This was a fun little trail to do with the six year old. It's a loop that crosses a paved road twice. There are interpretive signs, courtesy of an eagle project. We also went the few yards out of our way to visit the wildfire firefighter memorial, a somber spot. There are a few ups and downs, but nothing major. The entire trail is one person wide; a stroller would be impossible, bikes are not permitted. Besides the signs teaching about the local flora and fauna, there is an abandoned mine entrance to add interest. There are three "visitors" spots at the ranger station, where you can park for free. Otherwise, parking at the campground across the street or at the picnic area is going to cost you $5 or an adventure pass. We were there on the Saturday of Memorial day, and there were a few families at the campground, but no one else on the trail, that we saw.

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Tenaja Falls Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

The walk required a fair amount of rock jumping and was not well-marked, causing us extra time to get to the falls area, which were not flowing due to the drought conditions. There was a little water in the pool below but the area was crowded and not really worth the hike.

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Sitton Peak Truck Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Great view. This was my first time hiking I consider myself pretty athletic and I love how this trail kicked my butt. The last portion of the hike was so steep but totally worth it when we reached the summit.

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Tenaja Falls Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Good for families and beginners. Cool view but very little water right now (darn drought) short hike about 2 miles to the top of the falls and back. Far drive for such a short hike

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Bear Canyon Loop Trail
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14 Completed 13 Reviews

This was my first time on a trail around the Ortega Hwy. I couldn't find the trail I was initially going to. Ended up on a dirt road on private property behind Hell's Kitchen! Got the heck out of there, drove down the road and saw a couple of guys parked in a turn out with hiking gear. They guided me to the Candy Store down the road for better trail information. The ladies there were very nice and informative of all the trails this area offers. Gave me print outs of trails and all. So I decided to take the Bear Canyon Loop trail. Parking is directly across the street from the Candy Store. You do need a pass which you can purchase at the store. I have an ankle issue because I sprained it awhile back. The longest hikes I have done is around 5 miles total because my ankle swells up and makes it very difficult to hike when in pain. However, I decided to do the loop. I did pretty well and loved how quite it was all around me. I actually felt alone. I made it to the 4 corners and thought," I'm not hurting that bad so why not try to go to the peak? The peak is 1.7 miles from this point. Once I got to the sign that points to the peak, all I could do was look up! This did not even look like a trail! It looked like a water drainage path only? This was the hardest short distance in all of the hike. If you stand straight up, you will fall over. That is how step it is. Alot of sticker bushes. At times I thought I would stop and turn around but didn't want to waste how far I've already gone. So I pushed ahead and all of a sudden, you are at the top! It was worth it! Beautiful view of the ocean, Catalina ,Long Beach and all. It was a nice clear day. After awhile of resting and eating, I realized it was going to be tuff on the way back. The steep part of this peak really did a number on my ankle, especially on the way down. I was in pain the whole 5 miles back. Had to sop at least 5 times just to rest my ankle. Animals? All I saw was a few lizards in the morning. On the way back I heard a few bees flying around me but no stings. I did notice on my way back around 1:00pm, their were a lot of lizards catching sun on the trails and ran away as I approached. I realized I saw no snakes and knew seeing the lizards soaking up the sun, the snakes were about ready to start coming out soon. This trail, especially up the peak, looks like it could be snake heaven. I will definitely keep an eye out as the weather is starting to warm up! Will I go again? Yes, and bring my friends.

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Bear Canyon Loop Trail
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13 Completed 15 Reviews

I absolutely loved this hike. The trail was easy to follow, junctions were marked with signs, and there was enough shade (here and there) to help me cool off. There were bees during one portion of the trail, but they left us alone and hovered near their flowers.The different terrain gives a little variety to the hike as well. During the hike, my group of five crossed path with one couple, one solitary trail runner, and two men on horses. It was very peaceful! MAKE SURE YOU BUY YOUR DAY PASS AT THE CANDY STORE AT THE TRAILHEAD. THEY DO CHECK AND TICKET CARS!

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