Oak Canyon Trail

Santee, California

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Oak Canyon, a sycamore- and oak-lined ravine winding north from the Old Mission Dam, is a perfect place to celebrate the return of spring in San Diego. Heavy rains never fail to revive the canyon’s intermittent stream and transform the hillside vegetation from dormant brown to festive green. By March, annual wildflowers pop up amid the tender new blades of grass, blooming ceanothus colors the slopes, and the pungent, sweet smell of sage floats on the warm breeze.

Oak Canyon Trail Professional Review and Guide

"Oak Canyon, a sycamore- and oak-lined ravine winding north from the Old Mission Dam, is a perfect place to celebrate the return of spring in San Diego. Heavy rains never fail to revive the canyon’s intermittent stream and transform the hillside vegetation from dormant brown to festive green. By March, annual wildflowers pop up amid the tender new blades of grass, blooming ceanothus colors the slopes, and the pungent, sweet smell of sage floats on the warm breeze."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Santee
Distance: 3
Elevation Gain: 200 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2 hours
Season: October through June
Accessibility: Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: Mission Trails Regional Park
Local Maps: USGS La Mesa
Driving Directions: Directions to Oak Canyon Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

2/27/2009
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Great hike with a gentle slope adjoining the SD river what little there is of it.


1/11/2009
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Great 2-3 hour hike following the water! Some good geocaching in the area as well.



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May 2018