Map and Site Information: Rocky Oaks
Rocky Oaks is a hidden gem set in 200 acres of land with hiking trails and a pond. This site is great for families who want to introduce younger visitors to a natural park experience. With restrooms and water available, a shaded picnic area is just a short walk from the parking lot. Located at the intersection of Mulholland Highway and Kanan Road, this oasis is a great stopping point if you are interested in seeing what the mountains have to offer as you tour them with your car.
For thousands of years, Rocky Oaks provided people with food, shelter and materials. Ancestors of today’s Chumash survived on the abundant resources of the land, hunting animals and harvesting plants. European settlers brought agriculture to this area. The stock pond and much of the grassland habitat are remnants of that life-style. Agricultural operations at Rocky Oaks ended with the 1978 Kanan Fire. Today, Rocky Oaks serves as a refuge for wildlife. Rocky Oaks is an undeveloped space in which animals can find food and shelter. It helps connect the habitats that make up the Santa Monica Mountains and allows animals to travel and rest. Rocky Oaks also gives its human guests a place to relax, picnic, stroll, view wildlife or introduce young hikers to the outdoors.
Trail Map and Current Weather
Located in the 31500 block of Mulholland Highway west of the Kanan Road intersection. The entrance is on the north side of Mulholland Highway.
Take the Ventura Freeway (U.S. 101) to Kanan Road. South on Kanan Road to Mulholland Highway. Turn west (right) on Mulholland Highway and right again into the parking lot.
GPS Coordinates: N 34.0967 W -118.8141
Did You Know?
A study that began in 2002 reveals a lion and his offspring are surviving in the Santa Monica Mountains. Radio collars track them crossing roads and navigating through open spaces. Their future is uncertain, but with conservation efforts, they may continue to make these mountains their home.