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Trail of the Month: Oak Canyon Trail

The 2.6-mile trek has views of the Old Mission Dam, wildflowers, and rock formations

By Claire Trageser

Trail of the Month: Oak Canyon Trail

Trail of the Month: Oak Canyon Trail

Illustrations by Ashleigh Corrin

Difficulty Level

Easy, Great for Beginners


2.6 miles out and back

Good to Know

Dog Friendly
Not Stroller Friendly
Free Parking


Start at the Old Mission Dam in Mission Trails Regional Park and follow the signs for Oak Canyon Trail.

What to Instagram

Wildflowers and beautiful rock formations along the creek.

Why We Love It

This trail is secluded and quiet, perfect for a nature hike, but short and flat enough that it’s also great for kids.

Where to Refuel

Get an asparagus omelet or breakfast sandwich at Janet’s Cafe and Deli (9225 Carlton Hills Boulevard, Santee) or try Fifty-Two East Neighborhood Eatery (9621 Mission Gorge Road 101, Santee), now open for brunch.

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