Carbon Canyon Nature Trail

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Carbon Canyon Nature Trail is a 3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Brea, California that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking, trail running, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until December.

3.0 miles
104 feet
Out & Back

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

stroller friendly

nature trips

trail running


bird watching






wild flowers


washed out

no dogs

Carbon Canyon Nature Trail is a 2 mile out and back trail located near Brea, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking & mountain biking and is accessible year-round.

9 days ago

Closed today! 2/9/19

nice walk lots of birds to see.

1 month ago

great for kids. the actual nature path to the redwoods is probably less than a mile and a half, out and back. it's also mostly unpaved, so strollers and wheelchairs would be a challenge but any change in elevation is gradual so might be doable. there is a water fountain at the grove as well as a few benches.

2 months ago

The redwood grove is a nice area to walk around and relax.

2 months ago

It’s a park

2 months ago

Fun for the family

3 months ago

the redwood grove is quite nice. very flat and easy. very kid friendly

4 months ago

Dog and kid friendly. Two paws up!

4 months ago

it's very kid friendly all kinds of trails around need to do it again.

6 months ago

Very nice hike for the whole family. Saw the Redwood trees, a family of rabbits, woodpecker, blue jays, and a bunch of other nature.

7 months ago

Great place for a short hike., more like early
Morning or evening stroll

7 months ago

It is a trail with a nice park, but not too much vegetation and not very nice scenery. Dog friendly.

I would say it is a nice park if you live nearby.

8 months ago

We started at the end of Prospect & the loop which put us at 4.2 miles. Easy 90 minutes stroll. Lots of bunnies running across the paths & out on the grass playing and eating. Very pleasant.

8 months ago

What a beautiful, quaint trail to explore! I arrived at 10am on a Saturday morning thinking I was the late bird but the trails were very quiet and not a lot of traffic with hikers. Different paths to select from all guided by post markings. Super easy to follow. The park ranger working today was very nice! He stopped and informed me he saw a coyote crossing one of the paths and warned me to make sure to keep the dogs on the leash. He was very assuring they typically do not attack, but keep the little dogs close just to be safe. Lots of shaded areas throughout the trails and kept nice and clean. Plenty of trash cans and doggy bags to pick up after your pets along the way. Nice breeze all day! $5.00 entry fee on the weekends and $3.00 during the week.

8 months ago

Nice easy walk. Kid and dog friendly. No major inclines unless you want to go a little higher and get a view from the dam.

8 months ago

Short and simple easy trail. Good for beginners. Perfect shade trail in hot summer days

8 months ago

Short simple hike. Dog friendly, lots of trashcans and doggie bags along the way, so no excuses to leave your pet's poop behind! $3 parking on weekdays, $5 on weekend. Drive all the way to the end and park in the last lot to start the trail.

This trail features the only redwoods in southern California - obviously not native to the area, but planted there and maintained with irrigation. Cool little spot to visit. I come when I want to take my dog on a longer walk than normal without driving too far from home.

9 months ago

Simple, nice and close to home

11 months ago

I am only able to speak about the Redwood hike and not any of the other features of this park

Parking $5 I believe
Trail- dirt path that is pretty flat and it was an easy 2.5 mile hike or so
Destination- grove of to see in So Cal but they are smaller and on the dry side...worth coming to see but not eager to return
*suitable for young children and a quick, easy adventure for the family

11 months ago

A great simple walking trail that offers something for everyone: it has a dam, a redwood grove, flat trails for bikers/runners/chill hikers, exercise benches around the park, a peaceful lake with waterfowl, a hill with nice views (right across the marked entrance there's a path that lead uphill, it is steep but short - on a good day you can see the San Gabriel peaks to the north and the Pacific to the west.)
The park has a paid parking but you can park across the street on Brea Hills Ave and walk to the gate, it will take you about 5 additional minutes. Or you could use the other entrance point that will lead you straight to the redwood grove - park somewhere around Prospect Ave and walk up the dirt bike road (0.2 mi + 0.2 mi to the grove).

Monday, January 29, 2018

not so much of a hike as it is a nature walk. the trail itself is short and flat but there is a nice little redwood grove at the end. a nice place for nature portraits!! the park is huge and very family-oriented with playgrounds and picnic areas. don't forget about the $5 entry/parking fee.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Love the redwoods!!!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Love it

Monday, January 01, 2018

Enjoyed the walk.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Great hike and several paths

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Perfect Family Hike!
Took my nieces and nephew on this and they loved every moment of it. The redwoods is a site to see and a peaceful place to just chill and relax. I've done this hike twice with my dog and Nieces and Nephew. Highly recommend. This can easily be done with one bottle of water. I'd also suggest having a picnic over at the redwoods it seriously a relaxing area to be in. Always be respectful and pick up after yourself.
Safe Hiking Everyone!

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Awesome trail! Connected to a park.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Love the hike! Seeing the redwood grove is amazing!

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Great little hike!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Great walk for kids and families. Only downside (for me) was the amount of cyclists at times had near accidents of almost being run down by cyclist riding a bit fast in my opinion around corners and through more narrow areas of the trail. That part made the site seeing part of it a bit less enjoyable because you're always checking behind your back for oncoming cyclists. Lots of wildflowers and bird watching opportunities. The redwood grove was a great escape to the heat. Being in the grove you literally feel like it's 10 degrees cooler. There's benches to sit and rest a moment in the grove.

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