Black Star Canyon

The falls. Courtesy
The falls. Courtesy

TRAIL NAME: Black Star Canyon trail in the Santa Ana Mountains

HIKE DATE:  Saturday, July 15, 2017

MEETING TIME: 7:00 am to 7:15am
(Please be there on time as we will caravan to the trail head at 7:15 am, which will take about 20 mins)
Return Approx: 1:30pm

HIKE LEAD:  Isabel Fonseca

HIKE LEVELLevel 7 – (Boulder scrambling/hopping, distance, mild elevation gain/loss)

Find out more about hiking levels here:


HIKE DISTANCE: 8 miles round trip (Approx.)

HIKE DURATION: 4.5 Hours (Approx.)

Mobile Gas/Circle K
2504 E Chapman Ave.
Orange, CA 92869

PARKING: No fee to park.

TRAIL WALKTHROUGH: Hike to a wonderful 65′ tall waterfall in a beautiful wooded canyon. Easy fire road for first 2.5 miles or so, but then off trail boulder hopping up the stream bed .8 mile to reach Black Star Canyon Falls. It typically takes around 1 hour or so to do the easy first 2.5 miles on a dirt road, but then expect to take another 1 to 2 hours to reach the falls from there up the stream bed, depending on conditions and how adept you are at off trail hiking. If you go in with these expectations you can reach Black Star Canyon Falls and enjoy this amazing adventure. The falls drain only about 3 square miles of territory so high flow is usually only in the rainy season. In most years the fall is just a trickle in the summer and fall, but it’s a fun hike and a tranquil, beautiful spot nonetheless.

HEAT FACTOR: There is expected heat on Saturday, so please make sure that keeping hydrated is a priority. Bring any gear that will help you keep cool.

WATER REQUIRED. WATER CHECK WILL BE PERFORMED. If you do not take enough water or are not appropriately equipped for this hike, you will be turned away from doing this hike with us even if you show up. Please note, that we have expectations for Level 6 hikers. Read all the details.

REQUIREMENTS: WATER (at least 2 to 3 liters or about four 20 oz water bottles). Comfortable hiking/sports shoes with good grip. Snack/small lunch for our main stop.

RECOMMENDED: With regards to water, hydration packs are suggested for quicker access to water during uphill activity. Dress in light colors as we’ll be exposed to the sun often. Wear a hat and sunscreen. Bring additional snacks to eat along the way. Cool fruits are great for your snack/lunch stop. Bring an electrolyte drink or tablets to consume as needed.

RESTROOMS: There are no restrooms at the trail head or along the trail. Please make sure to use the restroom prior to arrival.

DOG-FRIENDLY?:  Dogs are allowed, however, we are requesting only experienced hiking dogs which are friendly to other dogs and hikers. You must clean up after your pet and bring a water container and their own water.


1. Read the Hike’s Details we link at the very top of this page.
2. Make sure that the Hike Level accommodates your hiking experience.
3. If, and only if it suits you, then RSVP for this event and show up the day of the hike with all necessary gear and water (we mention everything you need on the details page for this hike).

We take your safety quite seriously, and would not like for you to attend a hike you’re not ready for.  You know your body and hiking experience better than your friends. Whether you are a first-timer or an experienced hiker, please read our hike details page as the hike may not suite your experience level. We have a better experience if every hike has hikers of the intended level.

DISCLAIMER: LA Trail Hikers and its Leads/Organizers/Participants do not take responsibility for any harm,bodily injury, accidents, or damage to personal property. By clicking “Attending,” or attending the hike, you confirming that you understand that all outdoor activity such as hiking, backpacking, and trekking have an associated danger, and will not hold any hike lead/organizer, participant, LA Trail Hikers, or any group associated pet responsible for any hazard to your well being. Additionally, you will not be allowed to participate with the group if you are not adequately prepared with enough water and the right gear/equipment/nutrition essential to complete the hike. You are fully responsible for yourself.

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