Hike Black Star Canyon on Wilderness Access Day Saturday, March 02, 2019 9:00 AM

Sunrise to Sunset Hikers

ABOUT THE HIKE: We will be taking advantage of the OC Park's Wilderness Access Day to hike a 7 mile, advanced beginner, figure eight loop through Black Star and Baker Canyons. Visitors to this area are awed by soaring red rock cliffs, sweeping vistas of Irvine Lake and the Pacific Coast, as well as diverse sage scrub and chaparral habitats with many rare species of plants and animals. Our figure eight loop will take us from the Baker Staging Area north on the Simod Trail connecting into Black Star Canyon Road back to the Staging Area and then a second loop on Helo/Silverado Creek/Hall/Baker Single Track Trails back to the parking area. I am pleased to note that Irvine Conservancy volunteers will be positioned along the route! Dogs are not allowed in this wilderness area. Additional information regarding the Irvine Open Space, a Park Brochure, and Trail Map is located here:

Orange County, California - Irvine Ranch Open Space (http://ocparks.com/parks/irvineranch/)

Black Star Canyon was previously known as Canon de los Indios (Canyon of the Indians) in Mexican times, home to the Gabrieleno or Tongva peoples. Many tales are passed down about local residents including an infamous armed conflict in 1831 between trappers and native Americans that left many dead. As a result, some people consider the area to be haunted even to this day. The Black Star Mining Company opened a mine near the mouth of the canyon in 1877, which gave the canyon its present name.

Not usually open to the public, we will be using the OC Park's Wilderness Access Day to trek through this scenic and historic wilderness park. This requires a two step process... registration with the Irvine Ranch Nature Landmarks Let's Go Outside web site... and signing up for this scheduled Wilderness Access Day. Registration with the Conservancy is required for access to this Wilderness Access Day. Space for this access is limited, so please sign up ASAP. The link to this two step registration process is located here:

https://letsgooutside.org/activities/2019/03/02/wilderness-access-day-black-star-canyon-33/

DRIVING DIRECTIONS: From the 5 and 405 Freeways, take El Toro Road East (toward Saddleback Mountain)... El Toro road turns into Santiago Canyon Road... turn right on Silverado Canyon Road (follow the brown signs toward Santiago Private Events)... make first left on Black Star Canyon (follow brown signs toward Santiago Private Events)... travel 0.7 miles and park on Black Star Canyon Road near Baker Canyon Road... a Conservancy/OC Parks volunteer will be at Baker Canyon Road Staging Area to greet us.

We will meetup at the Conservancy's Registration Area. Please arrive 15-30 minutes early to allow time for parking and registration check in prior to our 9 AM meetup. Event parking and registration open at 8 AM.

POST HIKE CELEBRATION: Hungry and thirsty hikers can meet on the upper patio area at Cook's Corner for afternoon refreshments. A live dance band will be playing on the patio beginning at noon.

DISCLAIMER: Group organizer and assistant organizers assume no liability; hike at your own risk. By being a member of this group you hereby agree to assume all risks and liability related to or resulting from any group functions. You agree that neither you nor any third party will hold any of the group's leaders, officers, or representatives liable for any injury, loss, or damage to your own person or any members of your family, friends, acquaintances, children, pets, or property, arising directly or as a consequence from a group activity. You also agree that your membership of this group is based on an "at will" basis.

Attending: 85

Black Star Canyon Rd & Baker Canyon Rd Black Star Canyon Rd & Baker Canyon Rd SilveradoCA  92676