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Start your hike from alpine fields and make your way to the stark, rocky summit of Oakzanita.


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1.5

Miles

2.4

KM

Point to Point

5,043' 1,537 m

High

4,789' 1,460 m

Low

266' 81 m

Up

76' 23 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (3°)

18%

Max Grade (10°)

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Features Birding · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

You'd need a 4x4 to access this trail from the E Mesa Fire Road. Most folks take Lower Descanso Creek Trail to Upper Descanso Creek Trail and just hike the last .5 miles of this trail to reach the summit.

Description

Starting off of E Mesa Fire Road, you find a well-marked trail. From here it meanders through some open fields spotted by stands of Live Oak. Look for deer as you make your way along the relatively flat section of the trail until it meets up with Upper Descanso Creek Trail at a little less than a mile. The trail slowly builds from here until you are making switchbacks on steep trail. The summit offer expansive views down to the ocean on a clear day.

Flora & Fauna

Snakes, lizards, deer, raptors.

Contacts

Shared By:

Russell Hobart

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Photos

A hiker looks off toward the ocean.
May 13, 2017 near Descanso, CA
Verdant spring time view southeast from near Oakzanita Peak.
Nov 23, 2020 near Descanso, CA
View southwest from near Oakzanita Peak.
Nov 23, 2020 near Descanso, CA
Oakzanita Peak under an interesting sky.
Nov 23, 2020 near Descanso, CA
Hikers keeping six feet apart on Oakzanita peak during the time of coronavirus
Nov 23, 2020 near Descanso, CA
Dead tree on the Upper Descanso Creek Trail.
Nov 23, 2020 near Descanso, CA

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