Oak Trail is a 1.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Los Osos, California that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.
Los Osos Oaks State Reserve is a 90-acre state park located on the east side of the town of Los Osos. The park's only trailhead is located on the south side of Los Osos Valley Road, just before reaching the "downtown" area of Los Osos (if approaching from the east). The small, paved parking lot is the park's only developed feature. There are no campgrounds, picnic areas, water faucets, or restrooms. A sign board indicates the start of the main trail, which crosses a small wooden bridge and quickly reaches a three-way junction with two branches of the Chumash Loop Trail (straight ahead and on the right) and the Los Osos Creek Trail (on the left). This route passes through oak woodlands dominated by coast live oaks and a rare dwarf or pygmy variant of the coast live oak that only reaches about 8 feet in height. Away from the woodlands, the trail traverses open coastal sage scrub that lies atop an ancient sand dune. Some parts of the trail are quite muddy if there has been recent rainfall. Luckily, wooden bridges and sections of boardwalk cross over the muddiest sections. There is also a tremendous amount of poison oak along the trail, although it is easy to avoid if you stay on the established trail.
We loved this little trail. Yes, it is small and initially you can hear the sounds of traffic from the street, but very quickly this fades away and you are left feeling like you are in a tiny enchanted forest.
We went on a weekday in December and saw no one until the very end when another couple was beginning their hike.
The trail begins over a little bridge and from there you can choose your own adventure. We took the outermost loop on the trails.
I can see how some people thought it wasn't well marked, but it's so small you really can't get lost and can figure it out. Plus there are free maps to take with you at the start of the hike and part of it is on a boardwalk.
The ancient Pygmy Oaks were beautiful and to walk under the gnarled branches was awe inspiring. Also on this trail, we saw desert hummingbirds and turkey vultures overhead.
I don't know why people gave this trail negative reviews, because we loved it. The unique mini ecosystem is an experience not to be missed.
This trail is beautiful and I only ran into one person. Keep in mind it was a Monday morning. Feels like an enchanted forest and you can't believe it is right off of a busy street. So many little trails along the way and is a place to regroup and re-center.
I love this place, it changes depending on the season. It feels like you're in a dream forest especially when you get to the middle part. Definitely one of my favorite places to recharge when i visit SLO.
We did this trail during the late summer. It was a little confusing during the beginning as to which way to go. But you can't really take a wrong turn, because eventually you should end up where all the oak trees gather in a forest like setting. This is a nice walk through a small forest. Very calming. It can feel like at times you are in a Brother's Grimm forest. I would like to do this trail again when we get some rain and see the difference.
This is a beautiful park trail with gorgeous old oak trees. Not sure what's the issue with the two negative reviews below. The trails are clear and on parts sand because of the terrain. It's well worth a short stay to admire the old growth. There's rarely anyone here, which makes it a wonderful place to recharge.
Pretty but needs maintenance.
This is a very simple hike, but there are many different ways to go. I always enjoy doing this one. The views are are great.
Could be a nice area but it needs TLC. Trails are unclear and overgrown. This area I would probably be better suited if the central area was cleared, maybe some picnic tables put in.
This is a nice stroll through the woods but i felt more like a kid playing in a wooded park. The trail is badly marked and in need of lots of love and care. The oak's are awesome when ou first enter to see them all twisted etc but there's not need to go deeper as there isn't much more to see. keep your expectations low and go here when you just need to get out.