Hidden Hike: The Olinda Oil Museum Trail in Brea

Photograph by Hannah Dilanchyan

North County is full of beautiful canyons with little-known hiking spots tucked away in quiet neighborhoods. One of Brea’s locally treasured trails is the Olinda Oil Museum Trail. Park your car by the museum and be prepared for an adventure.

The Hike: The loop trail takes you across bridges, over hills, and around Brea’s historic oil wells. Once you reach the highest point on this classic California trail, epic views include Carbon Canyon Regional Park and Chino Hills State Park. There are moderate elevation changes as you scale the canyon.

Highlights: Oil wells along the trail bring Brea’s historic past to life.

Distance: 2 miles

Difficulty: Easy

Parking: Plenty of spots in the museum’s parking lot

You Might See: On clear days, Catalina Island is visible from the hills.

Local’s Tip: Watch your step! Rattlesnake holes litter the trail. Look out for rattlers on hot days.

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