Oak Canyon to Grasslands Trail

EASY 176 reviews

Oak Canyon to Grasslands Trail is a 6.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near San Diego, California that features a river and is good for all skill levels. 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.

6.6 miles
751 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running




wild flowers


28 days ago

Nice mix of easy walking and some inclines. There wasn’t much water throughout but the beautiful rock formations and variety of flat open spaces and bush laden trails was totally worth it! While there were a fair amount of folks at the trail, the space is large enough that it was still peaceful.

1 month ago

This is NOT even close to 6 miles. It was 4 for me, but I included a long walk down Father Junipero Serro road. How strange! This is definitely an easy hike and pretty dry right now :/ The oaks are always fun to walk under and the rocky areas are worth climbing. Not my favorite hike ... but it’s local. I added the screenshot of the miles in the photo section (if anyone was curious)

3 months ago

It says it is 6.8 miles but I didn't get that many miles when I did the trail. It was less than 5 miles according to the trail I followed. Did anyone else get a different distance?

5 months ago

not a lot of shade but nice rocky walk. not much beyond the north/south fortuna intersection ( under 52 hwy trail).

9 months ago

Perfect for us first timers :) Two adults and three kids (3, 6, and 9) all greatly enjoyed the trail.

9 months ago

Mission Trails Regional Park has been our backyard view since 1981. Today was the first time on this trail❤️

10 months ago

Poor !

10 months ago

Nice walk along wooded creek. Vegetation, flowers and breeze are nice. Caution: Trail that parallels Hwy 52 is actually an unimproved 4WD trail that is much more vertical up and down than contour intervals indicate. Loose rocks and steepness make hike more than a little challenging.

10 months ago

There was a good variety of trails of varying length and difficulty level. The river area was amazing. The wildflowers were beautiful. I would avoid this hike in the summer. Be aware that the long paved path (Father Junipera Serra) does not lead to the better elements of the hike.

11 months ago

Fun trail this time of year with flowing water down the canyon and lots of wildflowers (and a couple of rattlesnakes, so beware). Distance is not 6.8--it is more like 3,5 from this starting point, at most. Fun hike

11 months ago

Great little trail.. really nice with the sounds of rushing water and birds chirping

11 months ago

This is a scenic hike that's easy so it's great for beginners. It starts at Old Mission Dam and the creek running alongside Oak Canyon Trail adds to to scenery of the hike.

11 months ago

Beautiful hike! Easy trail but watch for trail markers. You could easily go off on one of the other trails/loops if you are not paying attention or know where you are going. You can hear the creek water the whole first half of the hike. :)
I'm not sure why it says it is a 6.8 mile hike. I followed the trail and it is actually 4.7 miles.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Really awesome place to go hike. They have trails for everyone. I find it really easy to park outside the visitor center and walk towards the dam. Best part is when you first arrive you see these huge rocks, if you walk down the dam trail you actually find a trail that leads you to these rocks you can climb.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Beautiful after the rain!

Friday, March 03, 2017

Beautiful area and a peaceful hike.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Did this trail a few wks back and it was wonderful with all the water flowing from the recent rain. Wondering if anyone has been this wk and know if it is closed due to rain???

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Love this hike. It's peaceful

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Not too hard of a hike but it was very beautiful! Moderate to easy walk very rocky so not for little dogs, but still really awesome!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Great hike close to San Diego. Lots of options.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Nice hike, pretty flat with no shade most of the time so make sure to bring lots of water

Friday, June 17, 2016

Nice hike,make sure to go early it's really dry with no shade once you leave a certain area...not a fun hike for the kids but a GREAT training trail in my opinion.the scenery at the beginning is really pretty.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Great hike. This place must have been amazing when the creek had running water.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Good walk with some nice views and a few shady spots.

Monday, March 28, 2016

This is a nice walk. Make sure to check your dogs paws for foxtails during and after though. Cloudy and cool today, so it was perfect!

Monday, March 21, 2016

One of my favorite "get away" spots that's literally minutes from San Diego. It has alot of history and is a pretty easy hike that's doable year round (although the summer I'd suggest the morning).

Friday, February 19, 2016

Easy hike that gives you waterfalls! I was surprised to find multiple water falls along this hike. At the end is a nice little 10 foot waterfall to hang out by. Do it!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Really lovely hike... We stopped underneath the highway and walked back the way we came in - out and back. There wasn't any water this time of year, but I am sure during the winter with the riverbed full, it's even more gorgeous. The birds are amazing on this hike! Singing non-stop :)

Monday, June 15, 2015

Nice hike. Came up on the highway 52 bridge..it was the best part (for me). There is a small waterfall over there, I believe it may be called the Mariposa Gulch. The rocks were just absolutely beautiful.

Monday, September 03, 2012

Great spot for a night-hike, I was along with a group last night, we found a way to loop around and came out over the dam about
1 am. Highly recommended!

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