The Oak Creek Canyon Loop Trail is an interpretive nature path that is part of the Los Robles Trail. The trail forms a "u" shape, with the far end of the loop formed by a walk back to the parking lot via Greenmeadow Avenue. There are no sidewalks along this portion, so walk on the left side and keep your fur-bud securely leashed and away from traffic.
The trail is divided into 2 sections: west and east, and each has its own personality and appeal. The western section is called the Whole Access section because it's accessible to not only wheelchairs and strollers, but also has features to accommodate blind hikers. The trail is separated into 2 paths with a fence so that bicyclists and horses don't share the trail with walkers that may not see them or be able to move out of their way. It also features a cable for blind folks to follow up the hill, and braille interpretive signage so they can identify what they are smelling, touching and hearing.
At the western trailhead is a shady oak grove with a picnic table, restrooms and a water fountain, and there are 2 other picnic tables and a bench along the way. The terrain is mostly a gradual climb until you reach the last few dozen feet, when it becomes more steep.
The eastern section of trail is a well-maintained dirt trail studded with rocks and rutted by draining water in some places. Its terrain includes sudden ups and downs and tight corners, making it a thrill-seeking mountain bike rider's idea of heaven. This section is known fondly as Space Mountain Whoop-de-Doos. If you're hiking this trail, be sure to hike up the eastern side and down the west so you can see the mountain bikes and horses coming your way at speed. Or just do the western section as an out-and-back.
This trail in Los Robles Open Space is not lengthy but it packs a lot of adventure for everyone, including Fido!
There are lots of poison oak along this trail. Learn to recognize it and take precautions, such as staying on the trail and wearing long sleeves and pants. Don't let your fur-pup brush up against it as you can get some of the oil on your skin if you pet Fido.