Browns Canyon to Oat Mountain [CLOSED]

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Joughin Ranch Regional Park

Browns Canyon to Oat Mountain is a 5.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Chatsworth, California that features beautiful wild flowers 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: 5.8 miles Elevation Gain: 1,853 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

nature trips

road biking

walking

bird watching

running

paved

views

wild flowers

wildlife

closed

fee

NOTE: It has been reported this trail has temporary closures due to COVID-19. Please see the park's website for up to date information. The trailhead is off the 118 freeway to De Soto Ave take exit to Michael D Antonovich Park follow the road (it will take you through a private residential area ) You can then take the road to the public park. The road ends at the park there is a $5.00 fee.

Great country view. Pretty moderate hike.

hiking
4 days ago

Just hiked this yesterday. Trail is open!

hiking
2 months ago

Trail is closed. Parking fee area roped off. Thank you to all the morons that can’t keep your distance.

Great trail! Paved up and down. Tough incline on the way out. No shade. Cows adjacent to trail. Great for dogs, but keep leash handy. Lovely views!

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail! Overcast made it very comfortable. Incline on the out bound portion could be daunting to the faint of heart, but the scenery more than makes up for it. The cows are interesting companions.

hiking
fee
no shade
4 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Nice paved trail! Lots of cow friends along the way too. It may not look menacing but it’s nice and long, you’ll definitely be winded on the way up! Beautiful views of the hillsides.

hiking
no shade
private property
9 months ago

Great long hike! Paved trail all the way up!Don’t underestimate. May not have steep inclines but it is up all the way and looong!! Definitely worth it great views and a lot of off trail exploring. When I got close it says private property no trespassing to get to the summit. I ignored it and kept going! I was so close I wasn’t about to turn around. What are they going to do to me? Make me go back down lol was so worth it when you get to the top. Great 360 views of the valley and Santa Susana mountains. I did hike at 5pm 90degrees for training purposes but I recommend doing hike in the morning if you ain’t use to the heat because there is no shade on the way up. There is cool little oak tree forest by the top to cool off with lots of shade

walking
Wed Nov 28 2018

Scenic walk, not really a “hike” because it’s all paved. Can be weird to get to, lots of “Private Road, No Trespassing” signs when driving in. Park Ranger assured me the public IS in fact allowed. Be careful because AllTrails is inaccurate in terms of how far you are actually allowed to go. Ranger says you are allowed past the open gates with the grates to keep the cows in. But you are NOT allowed past the yellow gate towards the top with all the ominous No Trespassing, vehicles or pedestrians, sign. From there it’s DWP property and I saw at least 4 trucks going in and out during my walk. Also, pay the parking fee, Ranger was there when I got back giving someone a ticket. Tough walk, all up hill the way in, all down hill the way out. Might be nicer in spring, was all yellow grassy hills in fall. Still nice though.

hiking
Sat Sep 15 2018

Fantastic views reaching all the way out to the channel islands on a clear day. Couldn't quite make it to the top because a small heard of cows with calfs parked it right on the trail near the top. Also not too thrilled about parking for $5.. but alas, it is what it is.

hiking
Sat Aug 04 2018

This trail is a hike. It a good incline to the top. But the views no picture can capture, you have to see for yourself. If you reach the top you can see all the way to the ocean! You also pass the 88/Nike Missile site from the Cold War. You will see cows and steer off the trail. As you get off the freeway and make your way there do not be deterred from the signs that say private bridge or area your are going to a public park your ok just take the road to the end ( it ends at the park ) there is a $5.00 fee but worth it.... enjoy

running
Wed Apr 25 2018

To be fair, I wasn’t able to actually run the trail, so the score is for the views alone. And minus points for not being able to actually run it. The guard posted near the parking said there was filming going on ahead, and that SWAT was doing drills as well. But the views were amazing...There’s a lot of new construction going on just north of the 118. I didn’t see anywhere to pull off on the side of the road and park either, like the reviews state. And parking is $5. Would like to return and explore the area. Just have to remember my 5 bucks.

hiking
Sat Feb 17 2018

Many years ago i found Indian artifacts (Chumash Indians) and fossils (small Great White teeth) in Browns canyon. You cannot access these areas unless you hike off the trail. No obvious trails leading there so exploration is a big part of this hike. They are found in specific areas. Not just laying around.

hiking
Sat Aug 12 2017

This is a walk/hike on a largely newly paved truck road. The parking lot at the start indicates you need to pay to park. It is completely exposed with open golden grassland and few trees. There are numerous empty derelict lots scattered along the way, some of which were old missile bases. Towards the top is an open gate with a no trespassing sign, but a ranger said it was alright to proceed. At the top I spoke to some hunters that said you should ideally get permission to be on the land. The views of the mountains and valley are beautiful. On my way up I was passed by a train of cars going up to film a commercial. On the way down I was passed by several information technology trucks going up to I guess do maintenance/repairs at the radio and microwave towers at the top. All in all it was an easy walk but which gave a good cardio workout going up.

mountain biking
Sun May 07 2017

A lot of keep out and private road signs on the way to the trailhead - ignore these as these are outdated since the county designated the area as parkland. A lot of private ranches - but if you stick to the road you should be ok. Keep in mind if you go when its hot the road is mostly exposed all the way to 3000' level. Near the top is a nice oak forest with some more shaded areas. When I went I was the only person on the road - so nice ride with plenty of solitude except for some cows and hawks. 100' below the summit is a nice flat spot with great views of the entire Valley all the way to Downtown LA. Temps were much cooler at the summit then at the trailhead - so in Spring may be a good idea to layer. Heading down was a 20 minute ride at most.

hiking
Mon Feb 06 2017

Road to the peak is fenced off with "No Trespassing" signs near the top, so the actual peak is unreachable. Path crosses property marked as private at least once. Ranger told me it's OK to walk the road but not to wander off it.

hiking
Thu Apr 07 2016

Beautiful short trail. Great workout!!

mountain biking
Sun Apr 26 2015

Started mountain biking at the gated trailhead and hooked left at the sandy parking area for a climb up to the top. The climb was rutted out and sandy with a bit of walking but decent double-trak at the top. Sticking to the right seemed to be the best for biking.

hiking
Sun Jul 13 2014

Great workout with awesome views of the San Fernando Valley and a small chunk of Simi. Well groomed, but lightly used trails. Great for hikes or day out on the bike. For the best views, take the paved fire road to the summit which sits at just over 3700 ft.

hiking
2 months ago

recorded Browns Canyon to Oat Mountain

hiking
2 months ago

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