Oak Canyon Nature Center

Anaheim, California 92803

Oak Canyon Nature Center

Oak Canyon Nature Center Professional Guide

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"The Oak Canyon Nature Center is a 60-acre oasis tucked into
the Anaheim Hills between homes, a golf course, and a reservoir. Three canyons merge in this tree-filled suburban wilderness, providing a sense of remoteness.

A year-round stream flows through the heart of the secluded sanctuary under coastal live oak, sycamore, willow, elderberry, and walnut trees. Four miles of hiking trails connect the canyon walls with the lush, stream-fed canyon bottom. This hike circles the canyon on the chaparral-covered hillsides and meanders through the riparian canyon floor. The nature center facility has a museum, natural history exhibits, and nature classes."

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Afoot & Afield: Orange County (Wilderness Press)
Jerry Schad and David Money Harris
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"The tiny (58-acre) gem that is Oak Canyon Nature Center squeezes between a golf course and a reservoir on one side and a suburban housing tract on the other. Small children have plenty of room to roam on the tightly nested 4 miles worth of hiking trails here. Parking is free, but the nature center requests a small entrance donation."
60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Los Angeles (Menasha Ridge Press)
Laura Randall
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"Shrouded by oak forest and serenaded by a small stream, this family-friendly hike offers a cool escape on a hot and cloudless day. Bordered by a golf course and several upscale gated communities, Oak Canyon Nature Center is a 58- acre park made up of three adjoining canyons that are tucked into the Anaheim Hills. Some of its hiking trails were damaged by the 2005 rainstorms that ravaged southern California, but the south side of the park remains open. Quails, scrub jays, raccoons, rabbits, and coyotes are among the wildlife that can be found here. Also located on site is an amphitheater and the John J. Collier Interpretive Center, a small museum with wildlife and natural history exhibits. Don’t hesitate to ask the friendly front desk staff to recommend a hike or go over the park’s conditions before hitting the trails."
"Tucked nearly out of sight from a golf course and hillside haciendas, Oak Canyon seems more isolated than it is. And with four miles of hiking trails, the park seems bigger to hikers than it really is. Credit Oak Canyon Nature Center for getting the maximum use out of 58 acres of parkland with the most minimal of impact. The park hosts many nature-based activities for small children and their parents and for school kids of all ages. First stop for most visitors is the John J. Collier Interpretive Center, with displays about the local flora and wildlife, including exhibits of birds, insects and mammals. Next is Heritage Trail, a 0.2-mile self-guided interpretive trail that familiarizes visitors with the region’s plants and animals."

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300 feet
Elevation Gain
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Skill Level
1.5 hours
U.S.G.S. Orange • Oak Canyon Nature Center Trail Guide
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