Black star canyon to Beek's place

Los Angeles Metro Area, California

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Black star canyon to Beek's place

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  • Expansive canyon view.- Black star canyon to Beek's place
  • The route follows a broad fire road.- Black star canyon to Beek's place
  • A sign marking the boundary of the Mariposa Reserve.- Black star canyon to Beek's place
  • The road is exposed and very hot in the summer, and there is no water along the route.- Black star canyon to Beek's place
  • Typical vegetation and views along the trail.- Black star canyon to Beek's place
  • Looking back toward the trailhead.- Black star canyon to Beek's place
  • Open views from Black Star Canyon.- Black star canyon to Beek's place
  • The water tower just above Beek's Place.- Black star canyon to Beek's place
  • Open views from Black Star Canyon.- Black star canyon to Beek's place
  • Open views from Black Star Canyon.- Black star canyon to Beek's place
  • Open views from Black Star Canyon.- Black star canyon to Beek's place
  • Beek's Place.- Black star canyon to Beek's place
  • The network of fire roads as seen from above.- Black star canyon to Beek's place
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Easy access. Big vista from the top.
Cons: 
No water. No shade.
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Region:
Los Angeles Metro Area, CA
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Highest point: 
3,008.00 ft (916.84 m)
Net Elevation Gain: 
2,100.00 ft (640.08 m)
Year round: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
None
Permit required: 
No
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Winter, Fall
Suitable for:
Hiking, Biking
Total Distance: 
16.00 mi (25.75 km)
Total elevation gain: 
2,438.00 ft (743.10 m)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
906.00 ft (276.15 m)
Typically multi-day: 
No
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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This popular destination for mountain bikers and hikers is located in a remote mountain canyon in Orange County, California. The trail is open and gives a wild view of the surrounding area, and the history of this area makes the journey all the more interesting. An important archeological site, this canyon is the main source of artifacts from the Tongva Native American Tribe, which endured a long history of conflict with the Spanish explorers and American trappers and settlers. In one instance, an American fur trapper accused a Tongva man of stealing horses from a ranch; an unequal battle ensued, and most of the Tongva involved were slaughtered.

The 7-mile hike toward Beek's place involves a gradual and continuous climb on a fire road. There isn't any water or shade along the trail, so it is not ideal to be on the trail during a hot summer day. After rains and on a cool day, the hike is very pleasant. And for anyone who is not feeling up for the hike uphill, there is a short trail that leads to Black Star Falls. The turnoff to the waterfall hike is about 3 miles from the parking lot, and the route involves navigating around boulder and a possible stream crossing. 

Staying on the fire road, it's still a long uphill road toward Beek's Place, a ruin of what used to be a weekend getaway built by Joseph Beek in the 1930s. From a distance you can see the water tower that marks the end of the hike. On the clear day, the view from Beek's Place is magnificent. You'll be able to see toward Corona, Santiago Peak, San Bernardino Peak, and also the Pacific Ocean and Catalina Island. Enjoy this view before heading back following the same trail.

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