black star, Black Star Canyon, california, cleveland national forest, Hiking, indians, native people, orange county, santa ana mountains, tongva
Black Star Canyon Indian village is located a little more than 5 miles from the trailhead on Black Star Canyon Rd. The trail starts off moderate for the first 2 miles as you make your way up the canyon. The last 3+ miles up to the Indian site are the strenuous part. The trail climbs up the canyon walls as it takes you into the Cleveland National Forest. The site is easy to miss since it’s not marked. Just look for the grove of Oak Trees a little after the 5 mile mark. It is on the right hand side.
The canyon is full of history! Including the story about the Indian massacre. You can read about is on the Wikipedia page.
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● Trail difficulty – strenuous
● 10.5 miles roundtrip
● Trail type – out and back
● mostly exposed – bring sun protection
● Bring minimum 2 liters of water
● California historic site 217