Old Cañon Trail

MODERATE 12 reviews
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Old Cañon Trail is a 1.4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Dimond District, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

1.4 miles
170 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running








Old Canyon Trail courses above Dimond Canyon below the existing Park Blvd. The route represents one of the first "roads" built into the Dimond area of Oakland as it was being developed for residential use in the early 20th Century.

6 months ago

the trail starts off really nice , then kinda disappears .... i was there in december and it kinda got tricky but my dog loved it .
its five minute from our home.

11 months ago

Nice and shaded, not too crowded, narrow trail. Had fun with my two pups, they played in the water for a bit.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

This was a fun hike. I was excited to come back to this area in the summer after hiking the Dimond Canyon Bridgeview Trail earlier in the year only to discover that the portion along Sausal Creek is impassable during the rainy months. This time, the water was low enough to get through, but I had to do some rock hopping to avoid getting wet.

The start of the trail is at the end of Benevides Ave. You can park along this road or out on El Centro Ave; just be respectful of the residents. You'll follow along the ridge about 50-100 ft. up from Sausal Creek. About 1/4 mile in, you'll see a marker on the ground for Dimond Canyon Trail. This takes you down to the creek, where you can cross a wooden board to get to the other side.

At .6 miles, there's a switchback to drop down to the creek. At the bottom, you can go left to go through a series of switchbacks that takes you up the other side of the ridge. That trail will eventually connect to Palos Colorados trail and Joaquin Miller Park. If you go right, you will loop back via Sausal Creek.

This is where it gets interesting. Depending on the time of the year and the water level, you might be able to get through completely dry or you might not be able to get through at all. It was July and there were plenty of dry rocks and trail to navigate my way along the creek. You just gotta be creative and find your own path. There is an intermittent trail along the left side that you can utilize, but don't depend on it. Eventually you'll start to see another trail on the right side and then you'll see another marker in the ground and a board to cross the creek. This takes you back up the ridge to the marker I mentioned earlier. You can either loop back this way or continue on until you reach El Centro Ave.

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