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Carbon Canyon Nature Trail

EASY 440 reviews

Carbon Canyon Nature Trail is a 3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Brea, California that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until December.

Distance: 3.0 miles Elevation Gain: 104 feet Route Type: Out & Back

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

stroller friendly

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

lake

paved

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

washed out

no dogs

hiking
1 month ago

This isn’t so much a trail but more of a nature hike… It is absolutely gorgeous and extremely well-maintained. three dollars to park during the week and it goes for a good cause. Make sure you go back to see the Redwoods!!! They were planted in 1975 and I’m so looking forward to seeing them many years from now!

hiking
2 months ago

Nice sandy dirt trail to the redwoods which finishes with a stroll through the park. Would have liked to have a picnic table set in the redwoods. No elevation really.

hiking
3 months ago

The redwoods are beautiful♥️

hiking
4 months ago

The trail part itself is great. Love the redwood grove! But the parts through the park I could have done without. Next time I will make my back on the trail even if it means I double back a bit.

walking
5 months ago

easy walk. nice shade to enjoy at the lake after the stroll.

hiking
bugs
5 months ago

The trail was good except for hundreds of red ants. Probably won’t go back to this particular trail because of that. The park has a beautiful lake which is at the end of the trail.

hiking
5 months ago

We turned this 2 mile out and back hike into a 5 mile loop by exploring some of the back trails on the AllTrails map available for download. The back trails lead you through a water dam system and open space that surrounds Carbon Canyon Dam. The dam is an active flood control area that borders the park so be aware of that during the rainy season. The trail also leads you through the Red Wood forest which was kinda cool. The trees were planted in the 1970's so they are not as grand and big as the ones growing in Northern Cali. I would like to return in the spring. It looks like the park has planted a lot of very nice vegetation/flowers that were past their peak during the first week of July. Bring bug repellent. Trails were sandy, loose dirt in the back area ... lots and lots of duck poop on some of the paved trails in the picnic area. $5 to park on the weekends.

hiking
5 months ago

Flat and un-interesting. Redwood grove has one bench surrounded by mud and bugs. Nowhere to sit and eat. Horse trail return from grove is hard-packed and fully exposed to sun. Redwood trees are no bigger than the pines already growing in the park. Bark is discolored white, and some of it stripped off. Other than shade, nothing exciting. At least I can say I saw it.

hiking
6 months ago

I would recommend this trail to anyone with pets and small kids. Wide hard pack path with very little shade. It’s a short loop out from the park so very doable. Great jogging loop. Did see some wildlife in the form of a rattlesnake so be careful.

hiking
6 months ago

Great hike this eve, saw a lot of rabbits and squirrels. Cactus about to come to blooming.

running
7 months ago

Trail is in good condition; mostly hard packed.

hiking
7 months ago

Easy trail that was surrounded by gorgeous wildflowers. Carbon Canyon regional park is nearby as is the Chino Hills State Park. I’d recommended starting the trail from there because of the Discovery Center. It’s small but the kids loved it. The Redwood Grove is only about 1 mile down the path. But beautiful!

7 months ago

Fun, easy, has one of southern California's only redwood groves.

hiking
bugs
8 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

The redwood trees are gorgeous!!!Total worth seeing!

hiking
8 months ago

Great for beginners and youngsters new to hiking. The Redwoods were smaller than I expected but still beautiful and very relaxing. They had two educational plaques that were nice to read, benches, direction signs, many plant varieties, birdsongs, and the main park had numerous equipment options for activities and clean bathrooms. I parked in Lot B and walked directly to the Redwoods. Next time I will start at the opposite end and start at the Nature Trail because it crosses the whole park, so it’s longer.

hiking
10 months ago

Closed today! 2/9/19

hiking
10 months ago

nice walk lots of birds to see.

11 months 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.

Sat Dec 01 2018

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

Fri Nov 23 2018

It’s a park

hiking
Fri Nov 23 2018

Fun for the family

Sun Nov 04 2018

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

walking
Wed Oct 03 2018

Dog and kid friendly. Two paws up!

Sat Sep 29 2018

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

hiking
Sun Aug 05 2018

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

hiking
Sat Jun 23 2018

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

Sat Jun 23 2018

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.

hiking
Thu Jun 14 2018

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.

Sat Jun 09 2018

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.

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