With Black Star Canyon’s inland location, winter and spring are ideal seasons to explore the area and all it has to offer, while wildflowers are in bloom and before temperatures get too hot. Nature lovers are invited to explore Black Star Canyon and Baker Canyon during the upcoming Wilderness Access Day on Saturday, March 7 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Here are four great reasons to explore Black Star Canyon during Wilderness Access Day:
- Picturesque Red Rocks - One of the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks’ iconic geological features, the Red Rocks are the perfect backdrop for your outdoor adventure and great photo ops, too!
- Hiking Trails for Everyone - Take time to explore Black Star Canyon’s native habitat with easy 30-minute walks or 7+ mile cardio treks. There are a variety of trails that travel through the area including the Mesa Loop Trail, Baker Meadow Trail, SilMod Loop Trail and more.
- Enjoy the Views - The trails of Black Star Canyon and Baker Canyon give visitors a variety of beautiful views from the Red Rocks to Irvine Lake and the Pacific Coast to Catalina Island.
- Native Flora & Fauna - Once known for its population of California grizzly bears, Black Star Canyon is now home to mule deer, coyotes, lizards, raptors and more. While making your way along the trails, see if you can spot early blooms such as Chocolate Lilies, Black Sage and California Lilacs. The canyons are also flourishing with Coastal Sage Scrub this time of year.
Enjoy the beauty of Black Star Canyon on foot, bike or saddle during Wilderness Access Day on March 7! Pre-registration is not required for Wilderness Access Day, though it is available through LetsGoOutside.org. No new trail users will be permitted onto the trails at least one hour prior to closing and OC Park Rangers require all trails to be cleared for closure by 2 p.m. For more information about activities offered in Black Star Canyon visit LetsGoOutside.org/activities.