Black Star Canyon

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Visited: February 4, 2017

Description: Fun hike to a 65′ waterfall with a little rock scrabbling and bouldering

Length: 7 miles

Elevation: 900 feet

Duration: 4-6 hours

Difficulty: Moderate

Terrain: Rocky, multiple water crossings, rock scrambling

Parking: Roadside

Pets: Dog-friendly

Best time to go: Weekdays, early morning. Trail gets very crowded on weekends.

Bring:  Camera, water, snack/lunch, change of clothes & shoes


After the intense winter rain we’ve experienced in Souther California, the dried up waterfalls are finally waterFALLING. It was time for us to set out on another mission, this time, Black Star Canyon Falls was calling our name.

Getting to the trailhead was very easy. If you go on a weekend after some rainfall, expect a looong line of cars parked at the entrance. We luckily were able to forced ourselves into a tiny spot near the start of the trailhead. (HikeSnobs don’t like walking more than they need to when it comes to parking)

The beginning is pretty simple. Follow the paved road for about 2.5 miles.

There are fences up to keep you off private property… some are electric. If you decide to test it out to see if it’s true, let us know!

Once you hit the sign for Black Star Canyon Falls, follow the arrow pointing right and head down toward the stream.

The “trail” gets a little difficult to follow but there were plenty of people coming in and out so you can follow someone.

There are some heights to climb. If it doesn’t look like you can get across a section, keep looking for another way! Don’t give up because it will be worth it (if it’s waterfalling). Be prepared to get dirty, there will be a lot of bouldering, rock hopping and climbing until the very end. You can try and keep your shoes dry or just make it easier on yourself and just walk through the water.

If it has rained recently, expect to see small waterfalls scattered throughout the trail. It can serve as a motivation to continue on because the final falls are way better than these puny ones you see along the way.

The last mile of the hike might be the toughest. Mainly because there are some steep hills you’ll have to climb. Don’t worry about how you’re going to get back down, just worry about getting to the waterfall and worry about that on the way back 😀

After hearing the sounds of rushing water with a growing crowd in view, we rushed to see what we’ve been scrambling for. We were not disappointed!

If you’re feeling up for it, you can try to climb into the little cave on the left like this guy did. The easiest route to the cave would probably be to climb the area right under where that guy is standing. If you take the route on the left of the cave, it’s more difficult but doable.

Enjoy your time at Black Star Canyon. You didn’t make the scramble only to leave right away. Have a snack, soak in some sun and just take in the beauty that you worked so hard for!

You can enjoy our beauty too ;P

@HikeSnobs Tips:

  • DON’T GIVE UP. More people than we expected ended up turning back but DON’T!
  • If you are having a hard time, just get your shoes wet. It’ll be easier, we promise.

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