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Oak Springs Trail is a 4.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Sylmar, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. 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: 4.3 miles Elevation Gain: 1,391 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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hiking
6 minutes ago

Great trail that begins with some tough switchbacks, leads to a spring under oak trees, then past a flower meadow to a fire road. I recommend doing this hike during the cooler hours of the day; be careful with heat related illness, the trail has little shade! Also, since the wildflowers are blooming right now, there are sections filled with bees. So be cautious of them as they will block parts of the trail!

hiking
bugs
7 days ago

Beautiful trail - but did people make it past it the bees?? Please share because I chickened out to make it past the bees (1.5 miles in as already mentioned below)

hiking
8 days ago

Beautiful vistas, wildflowers: white poppies, sage, manzanilla purples, yellow.... the meadow before the spring had hundreds of bees sucking on all the néctar. Trail’s first stage is a challenging switch backs... my app showed 800 ft of climb elevation. Good aerobic.

hiking
10 days ago

great trail, little to no shade. about a mile and a half in there was a swarm of leaf cutter bees on the ground

hiking
no shade
20 days ago

Based on some comments I expected this hike to be much more difficult than it was. The ascent is certainly taxing as there is very little relief from elevation gain throughout the first two miles. We started out early to avoid the heat. Would highly recommend doing this! There is absolutely no shade on the entire route. Around 11:30-12p the trails starts to heat up so you’re getting it from the ground and sky. We used poles and I don’t think this hike would have been as enjoyable without them. I would absolutely come back and do this trail again. We started out around 9a. Took a couple 30 second breaks for water on the way up. And took a 20 at the rope for snacks. We ended up back at our cars around noon.

hiking
23 days ago

Great hike, steep, rocky, not so much shade. Nice parking. Not too many people, which is great because is mostly a single man trail.

hiking
26 days ago

this hike for the first mile and a third is all uphill it's a Switchback Trail which takes some of the steepness out of it but it's still pretty tough I want you to get up to the meadow it flattens out and there's a stream and a little place where you can sit down there used to be a table up there but it's gone now and then you can go from there out into the mountains on two different trails and stretch it out as long as you want really but we want another half hour and turned around and came back to the picnic area it's a nice hike no people but bring some water in case it's hot

27 days ago

great hike this time of year! lots of water and greenery at the bottom. Tough uphill at first with some switchbacks then more of a gradual incline. Lots of good views and well marked trail. You hit the fire road at 2.4 miles in with options to continue to walk up to other trails or take in the view and climb back down. lots of green/flowers in April. start early because it is very exposed

hiking
1 month ago

Hidden gem in the far west of Angeles NF. Begins with a snaking ascent that takes you up to a beautiful view of the mountains. Ends with a vista through the canyon and toward the Valley. In between, wildflower blooms where it burned recently and you could hear frogs by the creek.

hiking
1 month ago

Gorgeous hike with great views, lots of flowers. Not much traffic but lots of snake holes along the trail. Didn’t pay any mind to them until we came across a big guy blocking the trail, just be aware. Think he was a California glossy, not poisonous but he was about 4ft long and he gave a good startle.

hiking
1 month ago

Step uphill at first. Middle tree covered valley and a gorgeous peak city view.

hiking
1 month ago

Crisp afternoon, wildflowers, yellow, tiny purple ones growing along the path. Breeze & birds sounds. California white poppies sprouting... the spring at the oak grove’s frogs were singing. The first mile is a steady climb. The stops to catch your breath was surrounded with breathtaking views.

hiking
no shade
3 months ago

A heads up: the parking lot with the restroom requires an adventure pass. If you drive just a bit further past the lot, right across from the start of the trail there’s free parking on the side. Gorgeous quiet hike! Unfortunately has some gun ranges around, which normally really bother and discomfort me, but these ones were at least far enough away that it didn’t disrupt the hike for me. My partner and I did this hike in February when it’s still cooler out and it was very manageable, even with the direct sun when you get out of the initial shade. It’s also really beautiful when the trail and mountains still have green grass. Nice secluded hike that ends up being pretty good exercise!

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike! Steep switch backs to start then down into a valley with a creak and back up to gorgeous view.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful mountain views

hiking
bugs
no shade
over grown
4 months ago

hiking
no shade
5 months ago

This is a beautiful trail with stunning views! My partner and I are in complete agreement with some other reviewer‘s that this is not at all a moderate trail!!! It keeps switching back up and up the side of the Mountain climbing all the way and a good grade up!! We are avid trail runners, running all types of trails with hills and again this is not moderate. There is a little parking lot just before the trail head with a few picnic tables and a restroom which is very nice. It’s a very narrow trail in areas. if you’re looking for a most peaceful, stunning view of mountains on the way up it’s gorgeous. Since it is on the outer side of the mountain there is not a lot of shade as there are no trees, but we went in December 2019, on a very cool day.

hiking
6 months ago

Great view of the valley at the top

hiking
7 months ago

This is a great trail! There’s a parking lot and a bathroom about 25 yards from the trailhead. The beginning of the hike is a moderate uphill climb but very doable. The trail is thin and dirt, so watch for those snakes. It’s a good hike with lovely views. Will gladly do again!

hiking
no shade
over grown
rocky
7 months ago

This is the best trail I’ve found in the greater Los Angeles area since I moved here two years ago. However, I can’t speak for everyone, but I felt that the first mile of this hike warrants a “hard” rating rather than a “moderate” one. It’s straight uphill the entire time with little to no shade depending on the time of day. But the views along the way make the difficulty more than worth it.

hiking
no shade
8 months ago

Pretty solid 2 mile out and back and would have been 4 or 5 star if there were wildflowers blooming. Would have been in very remote area with nothing but nature but there is a gun range you hear most of the trail. Also a ravine with heavy mosquito population you head through 2x. definitely wear pants on this one.

hiking
over grown
8 months ago

The trail has a steep incline at the beginning but levels out after passing a small creek. There are lots of overgrown plants which made the trail hard to follow.

hiking
over grown
9 months ago

Discovered this trail on Sunday. Ten minutes away from my house - it’s a lovely hike. Wildflowers, a good incline on the way in. I suggest long pants because of the overgrown plants. Secluded - didn’t see another person.

hiking
over grown
10 months ago

Really nice trail. Has some shade and good amount of elevation for a moderate hike.

hiking
over grown
11 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

beautiful mix of wild flowers this time of year.

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