Hidden Hikes: Black Star Falls

Black Star Canyon has a reputation as a haunted spot, but it really should be known for its spectacular seasonal waterfall. The 6½-mile hike is glorious, but strenuous. It entails following the creek bed, wading through water, dodging poison oak, and climbing a couple of boulders. From the parking area, follow the paved road for half a mile, then turn right onto the dirt road.

Undercover: Thousand Steps Sea Cave

Cool factor: Probably Orange County’s most dramatic cave landscape. The entrance takes you into the rocky cliffs at this South Laguna beach. Visit during low tide when access is easier and safer.
Where to find: Concrete stairs at Ninth Avenue and South Coast Highway to Thousand Steps Beach, walk to the south end

Gone, But Still Here: Celebrities Buried in O.C.

Kevin Dubrow - Lead singer of heavy-metal band Quiet Riot, Pacific View Memorial Park, Corona del Mar

Inconspicuous Art: Topografia I

Gallery 8, part of Orange County Museum of Art’s 2013 California-Pacific Triennial, 850 San Clemente Drive, Newport Beach, 949-759-1122, ocma.net

An Extra “Hidden” Danger: Lynching

On Aug. 20, 1892, an armed, hooded mob in Santa Ana absconded with jailed murder suspect Francisco Torres. They pinned a crude sign saying “change of venue” to his chest, and lynched him at Fourth and Sycamore streets. Torres, a laborer arrested in the killing of his employer at a South County ranch, had claimed self-defense. No one was ever held accountable in the notorious incident, and nothing at the intersection acknowledges it ever happened.