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Black Star Canyon

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I down have a puter, so I am guessing on distances here. From the gate, ride about 1 mile on semi paved road. Your will come to a fork, marked by a septic tank. Stop here, rest, wizz, drop off the kids, whatever. The important thing is the next stretch is a sprint. Head right, sprint past the house on the right! These are squaters, they DO NOT LIKE VISITORS!! Most times they have a road block set up. Just get past them before they come out and throw things at you. From there its no problem to the top. Great view of corona and riverside at the top, especially if you make it a night ride. Warp speed all the way down. out
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Latitude
33.74960692431739
Longitude
-117.6719856262207
Trail Directions
From the 55 take Chapman east. Keep going, it turns into Santiago Canyon rd. Go past Irvine Lake, hang a left on Silverado Canyon. Another left on Black Star Canyon. At the end is a large fire gate. This is where the trail starts. DO NOT PARK HERE. Head back, find the church and park there. If you park by the gate, you will have flat tires when you get back. The squaters in the canyon (Black Star Bill) do not like visitors.
Trail Length
12 miles up and back
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Fire Roads
City/County
Irvine Lake
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Review Date
July 11, 2011

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: brostar ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Ok it's time for a little update as of July 2011. I've hit this trail about 7 times and I've never seen the residents of the houses along the road. No barking dogs, not a creepy old dude in sight. There is a good amount of sun after you get past the septic tank and the climb begins. So if you need a break in the shade, do it while you're near the creek. Also it's about 10 degrees hotter than it is in Orange / Tustin area so it's not the best summer trail in the middle of the day.



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Review Date
November 9, 2006

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: aword4you ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
We have been riding the Blackstar - Motorway route (climb Blackstar, across Main Divide, down Motorway, back to the car at Blackstar). It's a good training ride, especially if you'll be doing Counting Coup or Vision Quest. The fire roads have been in good condition this summer/fall. We've ridden twice (one with a group, once just two of us) and haven't had any problems with the locals that live there, or anyone else. We always stay on the fire road and wave/act friendly. Motorway is fun, but as mentioned, it's loose, and a bit steep in parts. Lots of loose rocks, a bit of exposure. Not a beginner route, but doable for most riders otherwise.

Recommended Route:
We park at the gate, ride the fire road up to the switchback and start the climb. Climb up to the intersection with Main Divide at Beeks place and continue past Beek's on Main Divide. Stay on the main fire road all the way to the brown gate of Motorway. Descend to the street and ride back to the car.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
From the other side of Main Divide - park at Blue Jay, climb up to Trabuco, descend Trabuco, climb up Holy Jim, take Main Divide back to Blue Jay. Also, Whiting Ranch, Santiago Truck Trail - Luge.



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Review Date
March 25, 2005

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: MadMike33 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
First of all, that was some entertaining reading of the last posts, especially the spooky, x-files meets the cast from Deliverance stuff! (Squeal like a pig boy!). Hey, in all seriousness, has anyone dropped a line to the local boys (and girls) in green with guns and told them of all the wonderful and interesting folks are up there? I'm sure the local coppers know about them, especially since the last big caper that occurred up there. But think about it, if everyone of you who have had bad experiences just made a little phone call to the watch commander of the Sheriff's Office, I bet you would see a noticable difference in the scenery. Matter of fact, for the guy who had the dogs let loose on him from the "Residents of the HOUSE ON THE RIGHT" that would really piss me off too, and yes, that is a crime. Oh well, my two cents, Late.

Recommended Route:
Sure, with friends a good cell phone, pocket knife, chain with a heavy lock attached (for the dogs) and it looks inconspicuous to the untrained eye (hehe) First aide kit.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Green River, Chino Hills



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Review Date
January 9, 2004

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Britney ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I would be careful because when we got to the house on the right they let these dogs go and they chaced ur all the way back to our cars.

Recommended Route:
same



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Review Date
December 10, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

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Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Tescano ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Me and my friend went up to blacstar to see if all the scary stories were ture. we arrived at the trail at eight at night. All fearing the worst none of us wanted to get out of the car. After a couple of trips back we saw some thing wired. As we were driving to the RV area a car stoped a couple yards behind us. Feeling that some thing strange was going on we turned back. Coming back the car continued it's rout as soon as it saw our headlights. wanting to know where this stange car was going, we did a u turn and followed it. we must have been no more than six yards behind it when all of a sudden it vanishes and tire mark where appearent on the road. scared we turned back and went home



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