Oak Grove Trail to High Point

HARD 21 reviews

Oak Grove Trail to High Point is a 13 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Warner Springs, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

13.0 miles
3494 feet
Out & Back



mountain biking

nature trips


wild flowers



no shade

historic site

no dogs

9 days ago

Long hike uphill, followed by moderately difficulty descent. Pretty spectacular views from the top, would highly recommend. As with other commenters, first two miles is a rough climb (but manageable) and will drain you if you aren’t prepared.

25 days ago

Awesome incline! First couple of miles the most challenging. Great views at the lookout tower. Took us around 7 hours round trip with a lunch break and coffee at the top!

1 month ago

Great hike. A little confusing as the trail is not well marked and forks a few times. VERY windy and cool/cold (in January). Bring your ear warmer and gloves for the last 2-3 miles to the lookout tower.

5 months ago

This was an enjoyable hike that will challenge you in the first two miles, get you away from the crowds at other suburban / urban hiking spots in SD and give you peace and quite the whole way through.

Ask a guy from the fire department where to park and was directed to park off the South side of the station (the building closed to Rt. 79). Started at 9:00 AM and walked about 1/2 mile following the signs for the trail. The trail begins off the NW corner of the fire station. Walk around a bit, you'll find it. First 1/2 mile is flat and then it climbs for the next 1.5 miles at an average rate of about 900 feet per mile. The grade was deceiving at first, but I quickly got tired half way up. The sun was strong, footing was loose rock and sands and the path was narrow. 80% of the way up to the eventual dirt road is sun exposed. Take it slow. Another reason to take it slow...trail is very narrow and I saw two snakes, one of which was either a rattler or a gopher snake. I nearly stepped on another. Lots of good snake hiding spots on this trail so walk slow and look at your surroundings.

After the path, you're up at 4,200' and on a wide dirt road. It levels out considerably from there and the remained of the hike isn't excessively strenuous, average grade is about 500 feet per mile. Just follow the dirt road to the top. There are forks in the dirt road at times. Always take the fork that goes up in elevation. And, you the AllTrails app to be sure you going the right direction.

Got to the top in 3 hours 10 minutes, and took a 30 minute break. Windy and cool up there. The ranger in the fire look-out tower called down and said the bottled water on the picnic table was free! Appreciated the offer, but I still had plenty of my own water. Headed back down in 2 hours 20 minutes.

The only person I saw was a guy with a bow and arrow set, just after the fire station. Didn't see another hiker the whole way up. Saw three cars going to the top, but nothing else. It's a good exercise hike and nice that there's not may people and no music playing. I drank just over three liters of water. Wear sunscreen and bring 4 - 5 liters and a hat. Another must-have, have a bug net for your head. Although 80 - 90% of the trail is gnat-free, there's a couple of places where they are thick and you'll want your bug net.

5 months ago

Camped at Oak Grove Campground across from the Fire Station to get an early start. Only $15. Got up early. and parked at the Fire Station and hiked up. Oak Grove trail is the hardest, steepest part of the trail. After that you're on a dirt road the rest of the way up. It was a nice long hike. Bring plenty of water.

6 months ago

Hard hike. Relentless ascend and descend. Bring plenty of water and food. Beautiful scenery.

11 months ago

First two miles is steep, fire road after long and climbing, awesome hike!

Friday, March 17, 2017

Definitely not moderate, is hard, and not well marked, or moderately trafficked (no one around). but, it's the only thing near the Oak Grove camoground... so, hike on.
Also, lots and LOTS of animal tracks left in the drying mud.

Monday, January 16, 2017

What a trail!!! Definitely not a moderate hike - more towards the challenging/hard side. Very beautiful! The gradual transition from dry to snow was an awesome treat. Took my sons with me, ages 11, 8 & 8 (twins). They did awesome! We hit the trail at 0630 and returned at 1550.

NOTE: I would not recommend this trail for young kids. My older boys have been hiking since very very young and I've already started my younger three (4, 3 & 1) on smaller trails.

Sunday, December 04, 2016

great hike ...should be rated difficult.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

I think I did a slightly modified version as outlined in Afoot and Afield. I took the Oak Grove trail, not the truck trail, for the first part. Came in at about 14 miles, 3600 ft of elevation. Beautiful views! Also, this hike should probably be rated hard, not moderate. Great cardio workout.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Great views of San Jacinto & Gorgonio. Lookout Tower staffed by volunteers at end of trail which is over 6000 ft. 13 miles roundtrip. Mainly fire road except first part of trail

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Great trail with tons of great views! Start early and bring plenty of water. Plan for at least 7 hours round trip with breaks.

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