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Oak Canyon to Grasslands Trail is a 3.7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near San Diego, California that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 3.7 mi Elevation gain 344 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Bird watching

Running

River

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Rocky

Scramble

No shade

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Reviews (459)
Photos (1424)
Recordings (456)
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Stephanie Paulino
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Nature tripsNo shade

Beautiful trail, but can get very hot. Not much shade on this trail. Bring lots of water - the water fountain is off due to Covid. The visitor center is closed as well, so no bathrooms close by.

Raechel Kirkham
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Hiking

Love it! Super naturey, and the old mission dam at the beginning a pretty site to relax at after.

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Matthew Makowski
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Hiking

Second half is very exposed.

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Autumn Franzen
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HikingNo shade

Did a shortened version of this hike because it was pretty hot out and not a lot of shade in the afternoon.

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Heather Christman
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HikingGreat!

If you have to park on the road (Father Junipero) you can access this trail via a trail head just east of the parking lot. No need to back track. The first part of the hike is flat and has no shade but is good for kids and dogs. As you trek N towards the 52 it becomes more rocky and interesting. The western side of the loop is narrow and rocky and fun. Still good for kids and dogs. This time of the year the water is sparse, but there is a nice spot to put your feet in. When you hit the bottom part of the loop be sure to visit the dam, its fun for the kids and a great spot to sit for a minute. Best to go when not too crowded.

Natalie Luu
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HikingNo shadeOff trailRockyScrambleWashed out

There are NO bathrooms on this hike. The porto-potties were removed although they appear on the map, and the campground nearby with bathrooms is closed due to COVID-19. The trail is extremely rocky so bring stable hiking shoes. The "river" you see on the map is mostly dried up. It's very hot in the summer and there's no shade, so bring ice cold water in a thermos.

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Margaret W.
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Hiking

One of my new favorite trails in San Diego. We started through the grasslands early, and made our way down Oak Creek Canyon. The river was barely flowing but path was lush and green. Pretty rocky around the river bed, glad I wore my hiking boots. The oak trees were stunning. We'll definitely be back!

G G
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Hiking

Pretty flat and easy mostly. Many beautiful spots with water.

Marisa Herrera
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RunningNo shadeOver grownRocky
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Jody Gordon
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great Trail lost a set of keys on it unfortunately if anyone finds please post 6-14-20

Jessica Yih
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Hiking

The dam and river is on this path which is nice but the grasslands are kinda boring, flat, no shade, hot.

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Zeyteriah Zinn
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HikingBugsOver grown
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Hunter Watson
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Hiking

This trail is not accurate at all.

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1225evan .
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Hiking

Pack a snack for the waterfall

Dustin K.
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HikingRocky
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Stephanie Ledbetter
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HikingMuddyRocky

Great trail but.... I must have missed the 5k loop it was not a loop and I was not sure how to make it a loop so thank goodness we started early and we just kinda walked around. There were lots of people out but so many trails. Lots of great photo spots lots of water, bridges and the dam was pretty

Alexandra Burries
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Hiking

Great easy hike for young kids! I took my 3 today (5 years, 3 years, and 8 months of age) and they all loved it.

Matt Knapp
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HikingNo shade
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Arin P
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HikingNo shadeRocky

Loved this hike! I went on a Monday at 8am. I didn’t see a soul until I was on my way back which was around 12. I enjoyed sitting by the water. It was low but the sound of the stream was loud enough to drown out the highway noise. Very rocky, and would suggest hiking boots as some of the rocks were slippery from the creek bed.

Sara Rosenblatt
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Hiking

Beautiful trail running along the creek. I’m glad I wore my hiking boots because some of the rocks were wet and slippery and some parts of the trail were muddy.

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Sara Arroyo
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Hiking

Great creek views and some shade during the second half. Well maintained trail.

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