Barham Ridge Trail and Oak Trail to Robber's Roost

MODERATE 133 reviews

Barham Ridge Trail and Oak Trail to Robber's Roost is a 4.1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Orange, California that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 4.1 miles Elevation Gain: 777 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash


mountain biking

trail running

bird watching




wild flowers


no shade

Please note many trails in park were recently closed. Nearly all of the trails in the park should now be open. There are a few closures still in place, but they should not affect this loop. There are a lot of mountain bikes on this trail.

Pretty nice trails definitely good for mountain bikes. A lot of narrow trails but some good wide ones as well for walking. Has pretty steep inclines to work out those quads. Nice little nature center by parking lot that is kinda hidden:

no shade
4 days ago

spent saturday morning exploring this trail and it was a fun little hike with some great view points. luckily we had cloud cover as there is zero shade on this trail. definitely take time to stop at both look out points on oak trail. once you get back going hike up to robbers roost. the views there are amazing! once you start on barham ridge trail make sure to look around and you will see many people on different trails all getting some good exercise. but please note there are mountain bikers everywhere at this point. particularly at the fork of coachwhip trail, barham ridge trail and deer trail, it's like a huge honey hole of mountain bikers resting and just mingling with their friends. before shooting down mountain goat trail stop one last time at the look out point for the great views. from there its a fun semi rocky single trail back down to the parking lot.

Great trail. Easy to get lost so make sure you stay on the trail you originally planned. Great combination of uphill and downhill parts.

24 days ago

Really nice trail with lot of view point

2 months ago

If hiking, first part up to Edison towers is great. after that point it is heavily used by mtn bikes. mostly narrow, curves and incline. not good for hikers and dogs.

Beautiful run with some great hills and so many options. No shade, but come early to have the nice cool morning weather to enjoy this trail.

7 months ago

Amazing views! My fiancé and I decided to hike here and then accidentally stumbled upon the wedding ceremony/reception area... wow. This is a beautiful place and the doggies loved it too. I was obsessed with seeing everyone on their horses too!

7 months ago

just enough walks and climbs... very scenic view and lots of things to see. connects to different trails....

11 months ago

You have to pay to get into this one. Not a big deal as it's giving back a little and only $5, but it does somewhat take you out of the experience. There was a fair bit of trash lying around and no shade throughout 90% of the hike. First half uphill, second half downhill along an easy dirt path. So many different trails that it can be hard to navigate this one, but they all pretty much intertwine with each other, so you should be fun. A fun way to kill a couple of hours, but not my favorite. Head over to Black Star or Orange Hills for a little more variety (and no parking fee) :).

Monday, February 12, 2018

Good trail with lots of hill climbing. You are rewarded with some good views.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

I enjoy everything about this hike

Friday, February 09, 2018

awesome hike. some.areas still.closed due to the fires but definitely recommended!

Friday, December 29, 2017

Thursday, November 16, 2017

I can't really rate it, since it's closed due to the fires.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Closed due to fire :(

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Been using this trail for conditioning. The earlier you arrive the better. Humidity and heat is rough. 2 shelters to escape from heat on Oaks trail. No shade on trails.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Theres like zero shade on this trail and in the heat it is terrible ! Very pretty just make sure to bring water ! Also 5$ on weekends 7$ weekday !

Sunday, July 30, 2017

You have to pay to park. But it's a great place to hike. :)

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Brought my dog, it's was great for her. The trial is a little confusing at the far back of the loop - you end up following an access road toward and then around the large electric tower. Overall really great views and nice uphill if you take the Mt. Goat trail.

Thursday, May 04, 2017

This is a really great Trail. Mountain Goat Trail is a steep switch back so just take it slow and sure footed. There were quiet a few mountain bikers and horses on trail this time out and we saw a snake on trail. Just be mindful & keep an eye out. This is a great trail, and I'll be returning to complete the loop.

trail running
Tuesday, February 14, 2017

The trails around these hills/mountains are endless. So many different intersecting trails to choose from. They all seem to meet up at some point. I like to do the short loop on the windes nature trail and then cross the creek for the others. Today I did sage trail all the way up to robbers roost (peak), then I came down peralta. These trails were challenging and all had great views from various perspectives. From the OC basin out to Angel stadium and beyond that the ocean, to snow capped mountains on the other side, to Santiago peak in another direction. Robbers roost (peak) has fantastic views. The constant uphill and downhill to get there and back was a great workout. I'll def be back!

Monday, January 06, 2014

This place isn't marked on the Santiago Oaks Regional Park, but you can get there through the trails there. It's a nice little peak, but nothing too amazing. I guess the appeal was having a story to go along with this peak. Anyways, there's several trails to get up there, from the parking lot a nice loop is Santiago Creek Trail, to Mountain Goat Trail to Barham Ridge Trail, keep going up, past the utility lines. You'll have to exit the park, but a short ways to the peak. You can then continue west, go down, and re-enter the park. Take the Oaks trail and take the Santiago Creek Trail back to the parking lot. Trails are pretty well marked. Just be careful of bikers, they come speeding down those trails pretty fast.

mountain biking
Sunday, October 06, 2013

Was pretty shot down when I first got there. No singletrack whatsoever. I kept pedaling down the Santiago creek trail and found "hawk" and "bumblebee". Singletrack and double track, both very fun downhill trails. Brought my downhill bike which was a pig to climb with, but I still had a blast. Definitely something for everyone out here.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Oi. Don't bother. It's more for horses than for hiking. Parking is $5-$7

Saturday, December 01, 2012

Didnt see any maps at trailhead. Thought area was confusing for a first timer and required multiple trips to figure out the area. See review for Weir Canyon Wilderness Park.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Nice easy trail. Get a map at the entrance. There are many trails here, and they are well marked. It's in a regional park, almost secluded from major streets so it was kind of nice. Nice views of Santa Monica mountains and San Gabriel mountains. Good trails for bikers as well

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

I hiked this trail a few days ago. The trail was pretty well maintained and had a lot of signs to help you figure out where you were going. It is primarily a biking area so be careful of bikers going down the hills. It has a couple really great resting areas along the top of it to stop and take a breather or some pictures. There are some pretty views from the top at sunset but it's not necessarily somewhere I would recommend for those that are looking for great scenery during a hike.

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