Browns Canyon to Oat Mountain

MODERATE 19 reviews

Browns Canyon to Oat Mountain is a 5.8 mile lightly 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.

5.8 miles
1853 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash



mountain biking

nature trips

road biking

trail running



wild flowers


North bound Desoto Avenue from the 188Fwy turns into Browns Road. Drive about one mile north to the park entrance. Various well groomed trials for hiking or mountain biking await.

28 days ago

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.

7 months ago

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.

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10 months ago

A lot of keep out and private road signs on the way to the trailhead - ignore these as these are outdated since the county designated the area as parkland.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.

Monday, February 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.

Thursday, April 07, 2016

Beautiful short trail. Great workout!!

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Sunday, April 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.

Sunday, July 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.

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