OAK CANYON NATURE CENTER is a 58-acre natural park nestled in the Anaheim Hills. A year-round stream meanders through the park. Consisting of three adjoining canyons, four miles of hiking trails traverse one of the few remaining areas of oak woodland and coastal sage scrub in our region. Native wildlife makes the canyon their home and is just waiting to be discovered. Also located on site is the John J. Collier Interpretive Center, a small museum with live animal and regional natural history exhibits. The Nature Center is the perfect place for you to learn about the wonders of the natural world in a tranquil setting. The trails are ideal for those who are just stepping into the wilderness for the first time or for those more experienced trekkers who are seeking a short hike.
MAIN ROAD bisects the center of the canyon, offering hikers an open view. The road is level and accessible to both strollers and wheelchairs.
Distance: 0.7 mi. Walk Time: 28 min.
STREAM TRAIL meanders along the banks of the stream in dense oak woodland. The trail is mostly level and has plenty of shade.
Distance: 0.3 mi. Walk Time: 12 min.
HERITAGE TRAIL is a paved self-guided trail, which identifies many of the native plants.
Distance: 0.2 mi. Walk Time: 8 min.
TRANQUILITY TRAIL rises from the canyon bottom to the coastal sage scrub and oak woodland communities on the western hillsides of the park. The trail is hilly with intermittent shade.
Distance: 0.3 mi. Walk Time: 15 min.
WREN WAY links the Tranquility Trail with Bluebird Lane. The trail follows the contour of the hillside along the southwestern corner of the canyon and receives full sun. It has a moderate grade in some areas.
Distance: 0.2 mi. Walk Time: 10 min.
BLUEBIRD LANE & LOOP follow the south rim through the dense oak woodland. The trail is mostly flat with partial shade, making it a pleasant hike for those who enjoy a longer excursion.
Lane Distance: 0.3 mi. Loop Distance: 0.6 mi. Walk Time: 15-30 min.
QUAIL TRAIL links Roadrunner Ridge with Stream Trail. The short path takes the visitor from the coastal sage scrub community down to the dense oak woodland along the stream.
Distance: 0.1 mi. Walk Time: 5-8 min.
ROADRUNNER RIDGE follows the northern boundary of Oak Canyon in a coastal sage scrub habitat. The trail begins at the top of Heritage Trail and climbs along the northern canyon. The path is challenging and receives full sun.
Heritage Trail link Distance: 0.4 mi. Walk Time: 18 min.
Back Canyon link Distance: 0.3 mi. Walk Time: 14 min.