Oak Canyon to Grasslands Trail

EASY 172 reviews

Oak Canyon to Grasslands Trail is a 6.8 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.

DISTANCE
6.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
629 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
2 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.

25 days 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)

2 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?

4 months ago

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

walking
8 months ago

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

hiking
8 months ago

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

walking
9 months ago

Poor !

hiking
9 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.

hiking
10 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

hiking
10 months ago

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

hiking
10 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.

hiking
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.

11 months ago

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.

11 months ago

Beautiful after the rain!

11 months ago

Beautiful area and a peaceful hike.

11 months ago

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

hiking
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!

hiking
Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Great hike close to San Diego. Lots of options.

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