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Beeks Place Hike From Black Star Canyon

Beeks Place Hike From Black Star Canyon

In This Guide
  • Video and Turn-by-Turn Directions to Beeks Place
  • How to Get to the Beeks Place Hike Trailhead
  • Maps, Recommendations, and Tips for the Hike
Total Distance (?)16 miles (25.8 km)
Hike Time6-8 Hours (Total)
Difficulty (?)Hard
Total Ascent (?)2,240 feet (683m)
Highest Elevation2,820 feet (860m)
Fees & PermitsFree
Dogs AllowedLeashed
Alerts & Closures (?)Cleveland National Forest
Park Phone951-736-1811
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The Beeks Place hike takes you to the ruins of an old cabin compound built at a scenic spot high in the Santa Ana Mountains. From Beeks Place, you can see from San Gorgonio to Mt Baldy to Catalina. The hike is challenging, taking you 2000 feet up fire roads through the mountains, and along the way, you get epic views, hidden pastures, and even a Native American settlement. While Beeks Place might not be a big-name peak bagging experience, it is a nice long mountain hike that you can do all year.

Where is the Beeks Place Hike?

Beeks Place is just off Main Divide Road, the rugged dirt road that traverses the Santa Ana Mountains, and you can actually drive up there in a 4×4. But what fun would that be? We’ll hike to it instead. The most popular hiking route to Beeks Place is up Black Star Canyon Road, and that’s the route covered in this guide.

Use this trailhead address:
13333 Black Star Canyon Rd, Silverado, CA 92676

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The parking lot is massive but does get full. It’s also the parking area for the popular (and shorter) Black Star Canyon Falls hike. And a popular mountain biking spot too. Good news is that parking is free.

There are no bathrooms or water fills at the trailhead.

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The hike starts at the end of the road at the gate. Occasionally the gate is open, usually for local property owners, and rarely for the driving public. Check the status here.

Gear for the Hike

This is a long hike in the mountains, so prepare accordingly. I don’t recommend doing this hike when it’s hot out. There’s almost no shade once you leave the canyon, and the temperatures can be brutal in Cleveland NF. Either way, bring 3L of water, snacks, and sun protection.

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Garmin Inreach Mini 2

Garmin InReach Mini 2
I’m a firm believer in carrying a satellite communications device which works where cell phones don’t. I use a Garmin InReach which lets me send text messages back and forth to my family to let them know that I’m okay or if my plans change when I’m out in the backcountry. It also has an SOS subscription built-in so that you can reach first-responders in an emergency. The devices also offer weather reports, GPS, and navigation functionality (what’s the difference between a GPS and satellite communicator?). For a few hundred bucks they could save your life, so for me it’s a no brainer to have something like a Garmin InReach. If you use a smartphone to navigate and want a more affordable option that integrates with your phone easily, check out the ZOLEO.

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Lone Peak 6 Yellow

Altra Lone Peak 6
For most people, the Altra Lone Peak is a solid choice that will leave your feet feeling great at the end of any hike. The feel is cushy and light, and if it had a car equivalent, this would be a Cadillac or Mercedes Sedan. The grip is great and they’re reasonably durable for this type of trail runner, which I think is better in most conditions than a hiking boot, and here’s why. The downside of this shoe is that it won’t last as long as something like the Terraventure 3 or Moab 2 (see alternate footwear choices at the bottom of my gear page). I’ve been using mine for many miles and my feet always feel great. I have a video on the details of the Altra Lone Peak 6 here.

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Black Diamond Ergo Poles 2

Black Diamond Trail Ergo Cork Trekking Poles
I’ve gone back and forth on trekking poles, but I think for most people they are a good investment. They help you dig in on the uphills, provide stability on loose downhills, act as a brace when crossing streams, and can probably poke away aggressive wildlife in a pinch. The Trail Ergo Cork poles are a good balance of light weight, durability, affordability, and ease of use. If you want something ultralight and a little more pricey, I’ve had great luck with the Black Diamond Z Poles too.

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Gregory Zulu 30

Gregory Zulu 30 & Jade 28
After testing quite a few backpacks, the Gregory Zulu 30 (and Jade 28 for women) is, for most hikers, the best all-season day-pack. First off, it’s very comfortable, and the mesh “trampoline” back keeps your back dry. Its 30L capacity is enough for all the essentials and plenty of layers for winter hiking. External pockets make it easy to grab gear. It’s hard to find something wrong with the pack; if anything, it could be a bit lighter, but overall, it’s not heavy. And its price-point makes it not only affordable but generally a great value.

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Here’s my complete gear list that I personally use, have tested, and recommend, updated June 2022.

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Beeks Place Hike Trail Maps

This hike follows fire roads up to Beeks Place. In general they are wide, graded gradually, and easy to follow. Despite the fact that the hike is on fire roads and not single-track, it’s still scenic and fun. Just watch out for mountain bikers who often fly downhill here; there’s a local challenge to ride to Beeks Place and back in an hour or less.

There are a number of private land parcels along the hike, especially on the beginning stretch. They are well-marked, fenced off, and often have multiple warning signs. Just stay on the main Black Star Canyon Road and you’ll be fine.

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Gaiagps

How Are You Going to Navigate This Hike?
Here’s what I use. If you are a hardcore hiker and/or hike in extreme conditions, I recommend getting a dedicated GPS like a GPSMAP 66sr or 66i, or a wrist-based GPS with maps like the Garmin Fenix 7 or Epix. If you only hike in fair weather and a touchscreen is fine, or just want a solid tool, I highly recommend downloading the smartphone app, Gaia GPS. It’s a piece of cake to use and very powerful, just make sure your phone is in airplane mode so the battery doesn’t drain. You can also check for wildfires, weather, snow, and choose from dozens of map types with a premium membership (HikingGuy readers get a big discount here). Note that I also carry a paper map with me in case the phone dies or gets smashed.

To access this guide when out of cell phone range on the trail, simply save the webpage on your phone ( iPhoneAndroid ).

Elevation Profile

Beeks Place Hike Elevation
There are two tougher sections on the uphill. First is just past the falls turnoff until you get up toward the Native settlement. Then you have a flat stretch to catch your breath, and then the trail heads uphill to Beeks Place. The distance and well-designed roads make the gradients easy to get a rhythm on.

3D Map

Beeks Place Hike 3d Map
The trail winds up Black Star Canyon, and then heads up and out of it, eventually gaining the main backbone ridge of the Santa Ana Mountains where Beeks Place is.

Hike Brief

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There’s a lot of history on this hike. In the middle of the climb you’ll pass through some hidden pastures, which was once home to Hidden Ranch and noted on topographic maps. The ranch is gone, but the ranch vibe isn’t. Photo Silverado Library

Beeks Place Hike Directions

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Video Directions

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Turn by Turn Directions

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Head through the gate, past the usual legal disclaimers about mountain lions, rattlesnakes, UFOs, etc.
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The beginning of the hike is a downhill stretch on an open road. Go straight down the road.
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At the bottom, bear right.
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There’s a sign at that junction. 7.3 miles to go! Almost there!
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Black Star Canyon Road winds around and heads into the lush canyon.
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At the big junction, go straight.
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You’ll see lots of private property here. Avoid the side trails onto private land and stay on the main road. All the private property is well-marked.
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Cross over the bridge.
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And eventually yet another bridge.
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And then the trail eases uphill as it goes up Black Star Canyon.
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When you get to the sharp turn by the turnoff to the falls, about 2.5 miles in, make the left to continue on the road.
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Here’s a closeup of the turnoff to the falls (that you don’t follow). If you want to hike to the falls, check out my guide here.
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Okay, now you’ve got some work to do as the trail gets steeper and climbs out of the canyon.
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Eventually the trail winds around and you can see Pleasants Peak with the radio antennas.
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You’ll be able to see the trail winding up ahead of you as you continue to climb.
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When you get to the Mariposa Reserve sign, continue straight.
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The Mariposa Reserve is a 800-acre area nestled in the middle of Cleveland National Forest. It’s named after the wild mariposa lilies which often bloom in the spring.

The Mariposa Reserve is owned by the Wildlands Conservancy, a great non-profit organization that protects natural spaces. Wildlands also hosts great hikes like the Santa Margarita River Trail, Whitewater Preserve, and Mission Creek Preserve.

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Don’t forget to look back as you climb. Here you can see Newport Beach and Catalina Island.
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Three are some small paved sections along this stretch.
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Shortly after entering the Reserve you’ll get some good views down to the top of Black Star Falls. There’s a small trail down to the top of the falls that I marked on the map. It’s okay but I usually give it a skip. There’s not a safe way to hike down to the bottom of the falls. Be careful if you explore down there.
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You’ll start to see a small white dome, which sits just above Beeks Place, and is the KSOX Doppler radar tower. If you watch the local weather reports, this is used by Live Mega Doppler 7000HD on ABC 7. It’s a good point to use as reference for the end of the hike.
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Keep your eyes open for a small trail off to the right, about 5 miles in, which goes into the Native American settlement.
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The settlement is worth a look around. These holes are mortars used to grind acorns. There’s also a viewpoint or two in the area.
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Another example of grinding mortars. Pretty cool to think that people were living off the land here.
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Head back to the trail and continue. The pastures that you’ll pass are the Hidden Ranch area that I mentioned earlier. Today it’s abandoned. If you look around in there you can find some old concrete foundations but not much else.
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When you leave the Reserve the trail tilts uphill again. It’ll be a climb from here until the end.
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As you climb you’ll be able to see the trail up ahead.
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You’ll get some nice views into the Hidden Ranch area that you just hiked through.
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When you see this turnoff to the left, hike right to stay on Black Star Canyon Road.
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Pass through the gate.
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And then make the right onto Main Divide Road.
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To the left you can see Angeles National Forest and Mt Baldy.
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And straight ahead you can see San Bernardino National Forest and Mount San Gorgonio.
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Veer right off of Main Divide Road to enter the Beeks Place cabin area.
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What are these large towers? I’ve heard from other hikers that they’re wind-vanes, but I also read that they are fire towers built in 1941.
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You can see the effects of vandalism: tags and broken glass. It’s a shame that humans are such filthy animals but that’s how it goes.
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Poke around to find other structures, but just be careful. There is a cistern and a pit that looks like a cistern but was actually built as a refuge from wildfires.
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You can hike a steep 0.25 miles up to the KSOX Doppler if you’d like. It offers some views to the east.
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When you’re done, just head back down the way you came. The descent is nice, you can cruise down the dirt roads easily and often see the trail in front of you.
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And oh yea, it’s usually pretty breezy on this ridge. Hold onto your hats!

This guide last updated on November 4, 2021. Did something change on this hike? If so, please contact me and let me know. I'll update the guide.

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