Explore the most popular trails in Oak Canyon Nature Center with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Roadrunner is a bit overgrown especially east of the shaded shelter, but not difficult.

Easy shaded trails.

Stream trail beautiful great for the kids. Saw plenty of squirrels . At the turnaround chose to take Roadrunner Ridge back. Completely overgrown with weeds and cactus everywhere. Definitely stick to the bottom by the stream.

Perfect for the kids. Mine are 10 and 4.

over grown
4 months ago


The bluebird and wren trails are quite nice, but the roadrunner ridge trail is completely overgrown with brassica weeds (those tall weeds with yellow flowers). You can tell the trail hasn't been maintained in months. Spent most of the time trying to fight through the weeds.

over grown
4 months ago

The lower trail by the stream was nice and ther was plenty of shade. On the return trip I took another trail that was overgrown with what looked like mustard flowers.. there was no shade but the temp was okay today,, and the views were nice. I got pollen all over my shorts.

Easy trial. No dogs allowed. You can get extra credit going up to reservoir and do the loop. Lots of parking and close to home. Will do again.

This is a pretty area with lots of easy trails to explore. Tons of shade. Half of the main trail is closed though. There was still lots to see, but it's good to be aware of the closure. All of my kids did great. This is definitely one to classify as "easy".

Nice little hike, feel like being in nature but with suburban noise. Easy for all levels

So many options for little side trails off the main one. If you’re going with small kids it’s probably best to stay on the main trail, some of the trails have a lot of cacti. Overall very pretty and relaxing!

I would definitely come back and visit this park if I was looking for an easy hike in beautiful trees. It had very cute bridges, creeks and nice views. You can see a lot in 1 1/2 miles or go longer as there were many trails branching off. Shade for summer too!

Beautiful area! The Center wasn’t open on the day we went but there were maps.

this is such a cute easy little trail for youngsters. lots of plants, trees and random stuff to see while walking around. it does tend to get warm but luckily theres plenty of spots to take a break in the shade.

Trail works well in conjunction with a loop around the reservoir as well. With two loops around the reservoir included, it totals 5.2 miles

I love this trail, usually. This time I took my 5 year old grand daughter because this trail is semi-easy, has stairs & is well kept, but the brush was a little overgrown so it blocked partial pathways, & after about a mile into the Wren trail, it was blocked off & nobody was allowed to cross the tape. Very disappointing. But, normally, this is a great trail with many different adjoining trails that include, streams, trees, inclines, wildlife, lizards, mostly, shade & stairs. It has a few semi-challenging hills, but not too bad. It's a nice hike for parents with children. No dogs allowed on trails.

lots of wildlife! we saw woodpeckers, lizards, a rattlesnake, squirrels, fish, birds and goats! the roadrunner trail scaled the mountain and didn't give shade so I didn't like that one but the bluebird trail was nicer- it went up really high! The lower areas have lots of shade and lots of water! no hobos, very clean trail, not crowded, lots of shade, free parking.

Wednesday, July 04, 2018

For southern CA this is a good one that is kid friendly and pleasant with the creek and vegetation. Lots of bridges too. The nature center is only open saturdays and sundays.

love it as always!

Lots of greenery and a creek that runs through the center makes this trail feel like you are in the woods but in fact it is tucked in between neighborhoods. We went on a Saturday and there were lots of photographers doing photo sessions as well as a wedding going on. A weekday is probably better to go. The only bummer is that you can’t bring dogs. Kid friendly


Sunday, May 27, 2018

Nice area for a short hike with shade groves that seemed to be popular for outdoor family pictures

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Great little hike many trails to her on quick and easy to get a couple miles in

Super easy and calming i loved it

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

All the hikes at the oak canyon nature center are fairly easy, and kid-friendly. Definitely grab a map to keep track of all the different trails that you can do since most are short and easy. Some are shaded, some are in the sun. Be respectful of private property owners in the surrounding areas.

Easy, good With Kids! Beautiful hills, lots of trail. Always our favorite!

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Love this place. Nice to get away and relax.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Great place for family hiking!!! I took my siblings and grandma up here and the views were great and the trails were fun but easy for everyone to keep up!

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Beautiful mostly shaded hike you can make short or long. Saw some adorable ducks, a hawk and other birds. Would be great for hiking with small kids as there’s a nice play area near the nature center.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Enjoyed the trail.

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