Oak Canyon Bluebird and Wren Trail

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Oak Canyon Nature Center

Oak Canyon Bluebird and Wren Trail is a 1.4 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Anaheim, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking, running, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 1.4 miles Elevation Gain: 183 feet Route Type: Loop

kid friendly

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

As of April 2020, the top portion of the trail is closed.

This place is a gem.

The upper section of the trail is closed closest to the reservoir, but there are other very scenic trails to make it back to the picnic area (where we brought lunch to eat). Bathrooms are open and clean as well.

hiking
1 month ago

Definitely my favorite trail in OC. so many different ones to try within the nature center and offers a real camp like woodsy feel. Great for families as well.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful trails. A creek runs through most of it. Quick short hike. Cool little nature center too. Almost lowered my rating because no dogs are allowed but didn’t want to be a stickler.

Tranquility to Wren to Bluebird to Quail to Roadrunner!

Adorable oak forest with a stream. Lots of side trails to explore. Plenty of benches to sit and picnic areas. Super easy walking trail. You can add the Walnut Creek reservoir if you want a longer walk. It's at the top of the ridge.

hiking
5 months ago

This was an easy relaxing trail that proved just strenuous enough for my mom to feel accomplished but not hit miserable.

hiking
5 months ago

This trail was a welcome surprise. Though it seems like a great place to bring kids it also offers a really great hour-plus hike. I could clearly see snow on the mountains from the Bluebird and Wren trails. Very few people for a late afternoon and lots of water in the Stream. Would totally recommend.

This a great easy trail. Saw couple of signs that doesn’t not allowed dogs to use this trail. Used this trail in the morning but it did feel hot just make sure you bring water.

I would definitely recommend this trail for everyone, great family trail, this was my first time and I loved it, lots of shade and wood steps throughout to help you with your footing, it really feels like your out of the city, great areas for bird watching because there are feeders in certain areas, there are no dogs allowed just fyi, it's a easy trail with some spots going up hill to get the blood flowing, I reccomend this trail and will come back.

hiking
11 months ago

Roadrunner is a bit overgrown especially east of the shaded shelter, but not difficult.

hiking
11 months ago

Easy shaded trails.

hiking
Sun May 05 2019

Stream trail beautiful great for the kids. Saw plenty of squirrels . At the turnaround chose to take Roadrunner Ridge back. Completely overgrown with weeds and cactus everywhere. Definitely stick to the bottom by the stream.

Perfect for the kids. Mine are 10 and 4.

hiking
over grown
Sun Apr 21 2019

overgrown

hiking
over grown
Sat Apr 20 2019

The bluebird and wren trails are quite nice, but the roadrunner ridge trail is completely overgrown with brassica weeds (those tall weeds with yellow flowers). You can tell the trail hasn't been maintained in months. Spent most of the time trying to fight through the weeds.

hiking
over grown
Wed Apr 17 2019

The lower trail by the stream was nice and ther was plenty of shade. On the return trip I took another trail that was overgrown with what looked like mustard flowers.. there was no shade but the temp was okay today,, and the views were nice. I got pollen all over my shorts.

Easy trial. No dogs allowed. You can get extra credit going up to reservoir and do the loop. Lots of parking and close to home. Will do again.

hiking
Tue Mar 19 2019

This is a pretty area with lots of easy trails to explore. Tons of shade. Half of the main trail is closed though. There was still lots to see, but it's good to be aware of the closure. All of my kids did great. This is definitely one to classify as "easy".

Nice little hike, feel like being in nature but with suburban noise. Easy for all levels

hiking
Sun Jan 20 2019

So many options for little side trails off the main one. If you’re going with small kids it’s probably best to stay on the main trail, some of the trails have a lot of cacti. Overall very pretty and relaxing!

hiking
muddy
Sat Jan 19 2019

I would definitely come back and visit this park if I was looking for an easy hike in beautiful trees. It had very cute bridges, creeks and nice views. You can see a lot in 1 1/2 miles or go longer as there were many trails branching off. Shade for summer too!

hiking
Wed Jan 16 2019

Beautiful area! The Center wasn’t open on the day we went but there were maps.

walking
Sat Dec 29 2018

this is such a cute easy little trail for youngsters. lots of plants, trees and random stuff to see while walking around. it does tend to get warm but luckily theres plenty of spots to take a break in the shade.

Sat Oct 13 2018

Trail works well in conjunction with a loop around the reservoir as well. With two loops around the reservoir included, it totals 5.2 miles

hiking
Wed Sep 19 2018

I love this trail, usually. This time I took my 5 year old grand daughter because this trail is semi-easy, has stairs & is well kept, but the brush was a little overgrown so it blocked partial pathways, & after about a mile into the Wren trail, it was blocked off & nobody was allowed to cross the tape. Very disappointing. But, normally, this is a great trail with many different adjoining trails that include, streams, trees, inclines, wildlife, lizards, mostly, shade & stairs. It has a few semi-challenging hills, but not too bad. It's a nice hike for parents with children. No dogs allowed on trails.

hiking
Sun Sep 16 2018

lots of wildlife! we saw woodpeckers, lizards, a rattlesnake, squirrels, fish, birds and goats! the roadrunner trail scaled the mountain and didn't give shade so I didn't like that one but the bluebird trail was nicer- it went up really high! The lower areas have lots of shade and lots of water! no hobos, very clean trail, not crowded, lots of shade, free parking.

Wed Jul 04 2018

For southern CA this is a good one that is kid friendly and pleasant with the creek and vegetation. Lots of bridges too. The nature center is only open saturdays and sundays.

Thu Jun 14 2018

love it as always!

Sat Jun 02 2018

Lots of greenery and a creek that runs through the center makes this trail feel like you are in the woods but in fact it is tucked in between neighborhoods. We went on a Saturday and there were lots of photographers doing photo sessions as well as a wedding going on. A weekday is probably better to go. The only bummer is that you can’t bring dogs. Kid friendly

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