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    I just ride my bike.... SheDevil's Avatar
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    Default Blackstar is haunted?

    I was thumbing through Orange Coast Magazine yesterday and ran across an article that caused some

    It's no wonder Art is always so pissed off...now he's got a legion of kooks up there ghost hunting.

    http://www.blackstaradventures.com/index.php

    Sorry if this is old news....but I was pretty shocked to see it in a magazine under Californias most scary location!!
    Never ruin a good story with the facts.

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    Meh, he ought to capitalize by selling them lemonade with "secret ingredients" to help them see all kinds of ghosts....

    BTW that map is retarded, there are "spookier" things on Craigslist.

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    Yep lots of weird things have happened out there through the years.

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    THE Penultimate Mtb'er GeorgiaOfTheJungle's Avatar
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    Blackstar has a long-spooky past--from the "lady in white" to devil worshiping, and all the other scary stories. But, I haven't heard of anything scarier than Art
    "If you sometimes feel a little useless, offended or depressed....always remember that YOU were once the fastest and most victorious little sperm out of millions."

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    There are a few stories about Black Star. Reading this gave me the chills.

    Stories & Legends Black Star Canyon's mysterious nature and its colorful, often dark history has given rise to a whole host of urban legends and ghost stories throughout the Orange County area. The air of mystery surrounding the canyon is further enhanced by its eerie silence and being prone to sudden gusts of wind (both due to its unique geography). Though historically inaccurate, one of the most popular ghost tales, which originally appeared on the Internet in 1995 and later published in the book Weird California, tells of a group of friends who witnessed the ghosts of the Spanish conquistadors marching down the hill in the form of small, black shadowy figures (Read here). Many of the more popular legends have sprung from the fact that Black Star Canyon was, allegedly, the meeting place of a Satanic cult in the 1980s, which is often misstated as having been the Ku Klux Klan due to the numerous hikers' reports of seeing distant bonfires in the canyon. Other stories include the canyon being haunted by a demon called "Black Star", being home to extraterrestrials and/or a secret military installation, and being guarded by Indian spirits. The oldest ghost story involving the canyon came from the Spanish, and involved the canyon being haunted by a banshee called "La Llorona" (The Wailer), who was said to live in a well and have the head of a horse. The following excepts, illustrating the rich urban legends and stories surrounding the canyon's history, is from the paranormal website, The Shadowlands:

    "The site of multiple Indian massacres dating back to the time of Spanish occupation, Blackstar Canyon is home to many strange phenomena. Indians said to have been spotted both roaming the ridges on horseback and walking the creek for a few steps before disappearing completely. Many night hikers report the feeling of being watched, and the sounds of an invisible presence pacing them shortly off the trail. Screams and howls haunt the night along with the faint chants of an age and people long past. Note: If you are planning an expedition to Blackstar Canyon, travel in groups as it is a very dangerous place, and pay no mind to the homemade "Private Property" signs. The Orange County Sheriffs Office has confirmed that all of the trail is in fact open to the public, and those signs were hung some time ago by squatters attempting to keep people off the land." "It's located behind Irvine park and the signs that say "no authorities will help you beyond this point" is a main reason why people don't go in. It's supposed to be home of the "KKK" and strange sightings and noises are heard such as running and screaming. Also lion type figures are said to be walking on the mountain tops. "Warning" If you do plan to go take flashlights because it's is freakishly dark (a sort of weapon would also be a good idea)." "The spectral inhabitant located in Black Star Canyon is dubbed “The Blue Lady” by the few individuals who have been able to catch a glimpse. Though she has been reported as having been seen in Black Star Canyon the primary information on her stems from sightings at the El Toro Memorial Park."

    According to visitors, there is a group of eccentric individuals living in the canyon who attempt to guard the area as if it were private property (they have been known to threaten hikers and mountain bikers by brandishing shotguns), but the canyon is still considered open to the public and all legal recreational activities. The beginning of the canyon is marked with signs which declare the road as private, which is half-true since the lower part of the road is privately maintained, although the county and, therefore the forest service, have an easement of public right-of-passage on the road, and have had that right for many decades. As is true with all wilderness areas, it is recommended that those exploring the canyon do not travel alone, especially at night.


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    Who ya gonna call?

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    My family owned a cabin on Wildcat Road in Silverado in the 70's. Even then there were stories of devil worshippers in Blackstar and Ladd Canyon, too.

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    ....and I rode up there on Halloween????!!!!

    At least we now know who that group of kids were chanting to on the side of the road on our way out. Creepy.
    Never ruin a good story with the facts.

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    too bad this is one month too late. Would've been a perfect theme for a Halloween ride.

    May be next year?

    Quote Originally Posted by SheDevil View Post
    I was thumbing through Orange Coast Magazine yesterday and ran across an article that caused some

    It's no wonder Art is always so pissed off...now he's got a legion of kooks up there ghost hunting.

    http://www.blackstaradventures.com/index.php

    Sorry if this is old news....but I was pretty shocked to see it in a magazine under Californias most scary location!!

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    POWERED BY MUSUBIS F.A.D.'s Avatar
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    Dude, where were you? About 40 of us headed up the hill on Halloween night! Didn't notice any strange things other than many people grunting their way up the hill!

    The stream of lights on the road going up the switchbacks were a pretty cool sight to see!



    Quote Originally Posted by nekit View Post
    too bad this is one month too late. Would've been a perfect theme for a Halloween ride.

    May be next year?

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    boo!

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    that site is hilarious. thanks.

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    Default How "Bad" ??

    I kept my lights off most of the way up to avoid "crossing the streams with someone, 'cause I was told "that it would be bad"

    Quote Originally Posted by freekengo View Post
    The stream of lights on the road going up the switchbacks were a pretty cool sight to see!
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    I'm tellin you. Blackstar haunted...... Poop at Oaks. The mountain biking is dangerous!
    Daily thought: Some people are like slinkies - not really good for anything but they bring a smile to your face when pushed down the stairs!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CPATCRASH View Post
    I'm tellin you. Blackstar haunted...... Poop at Oaks. The mountain biking is dangerous!
    that's what the man wants you to think! resist!

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    Quote Originally Posted by freekengo View Post
    The stream of lights on the road going up the switchbacks were a pretty cool sight to see!
    Wait till you see it during the VQ/CC. That is...., the stream of lights BEHIND me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by genusmtbkr5 View Post
    Wait till you see it during the VQ/CC. That is...., the stream of lights BEHIND me.

    Oh no you didn't just say that....
    Daily thought: Some people are like slinkies - not really good for anything but they bring a smile to your face when pushed down the stairs!

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    I rode Blackstar to Motorway at night by myself, and I didn't notice anything odd or out of the ordinary. ???? One night I was planning to ride Blackstar alone, but I just felt scared for some reason and went back. Who knows!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sauce View Post
    I rode Blackstar to Motorway at night by myself
    At the risk of sounding like your Dad, please don't do this. I've seen too many freaks in that canyon. Couldn't you talk that stud of boyfriend into riding with you?

    Or, I'm sure if a pretty girl was looking for a riding partner she would have plenty of STR company

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