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Live Oak Trail

Intermediate
 4.0 (4)

A steady ascent to a vista, then a long descent to a dam.


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Map Key

4.1

Miles

6.7

KM

90%

Runnable

1,423' 434 m

High

921' 281 m

Low

602' 184 m

Up

553' 168 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

26%

Max Grade (14°)

Dogs Unknown

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Trails are closed for three days following rain.
The park is open year round from 7 am to sunset.
Parking is $3 entry fee per vehicle per day Monday to Friday, and $5 entry fee per vehicle per day Saturday and Sunday.
Rates may increase on holidays or for events

Description

From the parking lot head north on Live Oak Trail past the junction with Edna Spaulding Trail. The trail may briefly join the water tank road at 0.2 miles. Continue to ascend the trail past several intersections off to the right. You'll reach the summit and the intersection with Vista Trail at about 1.7 miles. Enjoy the views of Santa Monica Bay, San Clemente, and Catalina Island. Carry on from the vista point descending a modest slope. At a junction with an old road at 2.1 miles turn left and continue descending. The trail heads west before sharply turning south at 3 miles. Head past the Upper Oso Reservoir to the dam where the trail ends at 4.1 miles.

Thanks to John McKinney, The Trailmaster, for sharing this trail description. To learn more about trails in California, check out his guides at The Trailmaster Store.

Flora & Fauna

The lower regions of the park are heavily wooded with oak and sycamore trees. The hillsides are more shruby with sagebrush and cactus.

Contacts

Shared By:

John McKinney

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Photos

On the way up Paw Foot/Live Oak Canyon
Jun 22, 2015 near Rancho…, CA
Beautiful views!
Jun 22, 2015 near Trabuco…, CA
Live Oak Canyon Trail
Jun 22, 2015 near Rancho…, CA
View of Trbuco Canyon Community Church across the cactus meadow.
Nov 10, 2018 near Trabuco…, CA

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