Orange County Parks as well as the Edwards Ranch. There is heightened security and fencing along sections of the first portion of the hike to protect against potential trespassers. Some of the fences in the area are even electrified and have motion sensor cameras. Despite the fencing and rumors or past harassment by local property owners in the canyon, during our hike we encountered no problems. Actually the trail was warm and inviting as there were numerous other hikers and mountain bikers utilizing the trail. If you hike here on the weekend you will not be alone.
50 Hikes in Orange County, is that in 1831 there was an armed conflict between trappers and Native Americans in the canyon. The Native Americans were not believed to have been from the local tribes in the area, but from an outside tribe. The Native Americans were believed to have stolen the trappers horses which resulted in a gun fight where most of the Indians were killed. Additionally, the murder of James M. Gregg to place in the canyon in 1899.
Rating: To Black Star Falls: Elevation Gain: Less than 800 ft. (Moderate), Distance: 6.7 Miles Roundtrip (Moderate - Strenuous); To Black Star Falls & Native American Village: Elevation Gain: Less than 1,250 ft. (Moderate - Strenuous), Distance: 10.2 Miles Roundtrip (Moderate - Strenuous).
Time to Complete Hike: To Black Star Falls: 4.5 - 5.5 hours. To Black Star Falls and Native American Village: 6.5 - 7.5 hours.
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