Canyon Oak Trail

William Heise County Park

San Diego Metro Area, California

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Canyon Oak Trail


  • The Canyon Oak Trailhead.- Canyon Oak Trail
  • Hiking through some tall grass along the Canyon Oak Trail.- Canyon Oak Trail
  • Blooming shrub along the Canyon Oak Trail.- Canyon Oak Trail
  • Canyon Oak Trail.- Canyon Oak Trail
  • The trail follows a fence for part of the hike.- Canyon Oak Trail
  • View of the rolling Cuyamaca hills.- Canyon Oak Trail
  • A steep portion of the trail.- Canyon Oak Trail
  • Second half of the steep stretch.- Canyon Oak Trail
  • Another view from the Canyon Oak Trail.- Canyon Oak Trail
  • Blooming flowers along the Canyon Oak Trail.- Canyon Oak Trail
  • Blooming flowers along the Canyon Oak Trail.- Canyon Oak Trail
  • Fork in the road.- Canyon Oak Trail
  • View looking northwest from the Canyon Oak Trail.- Canyon Oak Trail
  • View from the trail going down the hill.- Canyon Oak Trail
  • - Canyon Oak Trail
Overview + Weather
Scenic. Quiet. Well-maintained trail.
San Diego Metro Area, CA
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Net Elevation Gain: 
262.00 ft (79.86 m)
Parking Pass: 
General Day Use Fee
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
1.65 mi (2.66 km)
Trail type: 
Trailhead Elevation: 
4,331.00 ft (1,320.09 m)
Current Local Weather:
Hike Description

Hike Description

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Canyon Oak Trail is a fairly easy 1.65-mile-long loop nestled in William Heise County Park. Only two hours northeast of San Diego, it is a quiet and scenic escape from the bustle of city life. The trail is well maintained and has several benches at viewpoints overlooking the Cuyamaca Mountain Range. Although there is a net gain of 250 feet, the trail only has one steep stretch going up a switchback. The trail winds through meadows as well as forests of oak, pine, and cedar that provide ample shade. Mule deer and wild turkey are frequently seen from the trail, and bobcats and mountain lions are occasionally spotted. In spring a variety of wildflowers dot the landscape, including foothill penstemon, California poppy, California buckwheat, and toluca.

On your way home, make sure to stop by the nearby historic mining town of Julian. Just a few miles east on CA-79, it offers a glimpse into the region's rich past.

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