Black Star Canyon Falls

WHAT YOU’LL SEE A lush waterfall next to a large mine shaft (pictured left ) at Black Star Canyon
GETTING THERE Begin your hike at 13333 Black Star Canyon Road in Silverado and follow the signs to Black Star Canyon Falls.
GET THE SHOT It’s best to visit after heavy rain to capture the falls in full force.


“Black Star Canyon Trail is a 6.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Silverado, California that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Black Star Canyon Trail, a lesser known hiking trail in Orange County of Southern California, is a fun hike to Black Star Canyon Falls. The trail can be accessed off of Highway 241 at Santiago Canyon and after a few miles you will tunf left onto Silvarado Canyon and then left onto Black Star Canyon Road. You can park along the road.

Black Star Canyon is an important archaeological site and holds a great deal of history. The canyon was home to the Black Star Coal Mining Company in the 1800s, from which its name is derived. There was also an armed conflict in 1831 between American fur trappers, led by William Woldskill, and a group of native Americans called the Tongva. This was the bloodiest battle in history of the Santa Ana Mountains

The trail starts off on a dirt road and then follows Black Star Creek toward the falls. The last portion of the hike requires boulder hopping up the stream bed to reach Black Star Canyon Falls. This hike is best experienced after heavy rain, as high flow is usually in the rainy season and can be only a trickle during summer and fall. There is heavy poison oak in the area so proceed with caution.”

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