• Stars appear behind a dramatic landscape of rocky mountains, rolling hills, and fields of grass

    Santa Monica Mountains

    National Recreation Area California

Map and Site Information: Rocky Oaks

Shaded woodland provide great relief during hot days in the Santa Monica Mountains.

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.

The pond at Rocky Oaks is left over from the ranching days but continues to provide habit for wildlife.

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.

Restrooms, Pets on leash, Horseback riding, Wildlife viewing, Picnic tables, Biking, Easy hiking, Moderate hiking.
A lone yucca sits in a  field of grasses watching over the rolling hills of Rocky Oaks.

Trail Map and Current Weather

Rocky Oaks Trail Map (PDF-154K)
Current Weather

Directions

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

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The marker shows the location of the entrance gate.

Did You Know?

Sue Nelson, Jill Swift, and Margo Feurer were instrumental in the movement to create a national recreation area near Los Angeles.

Four state parks were the triumph of a grassroots movement to protect open spaces minutes from Los Angeles in the 1950s & 60s. Three women, Sue Nelson, Jill Swift, and Margo Feuer further galvanized the movement that helped make Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area a reality in 1978.