King's Canyon Loop Trail

MODERATE 9 reviews

King's Canyon Loop Trail is a 6.6 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Canyon, CA that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

6.6 miles 1190 feet Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

Explore the Beauty of upper San Leandro Reservoir. This location offers excellent views and sense of being fully immersed in a natural setting. The trails connect to Anthony Chabot Region park and Redwood regional Park Start on the Riche Lop trail, then take the Rimmer Creek trail to the King's Canyon Loop Trail. Continue onto the Rocky Ridge Trail if you are feeling ambitious

1 month ago

This is a great trail for immense variation and wildlife. I've seen reclusive, rare Wood Dicks, wild pigs, with piglets, many coyotes, hawks and owls. One good thing about this trail is you have a choice of putting the one really hard climb in the beginning by going clockwise or at the end by going counterclockwise. If you pay close attention there are a couple of side trails that lead to small meadows that look like Monet paintings in wildflower season and lake views, including one old fashioned tire swing.

hiking
1 month ago

A great trail I had the pleasure of hiking with a close friend. The hike was about the right length and difficulty to keep up a good conversation and enjoy the route. I didn't even know the lake existed until I found it in a hiking book. One side of the trail had great views of the lake and the other some pretty good views of the hills. There were a few people on the trail that day and a couple came by and told us not to go up the trail because they had seen a mountain lion... We went on and of course it didn't stay and pose for us to see. In all the trails I've been on I've seen about a half dozen bobcats but I've only seen one mountain by Burlingame within 1/4 mile of Hwy 280 surprisingly.

hiking
3 months ago

Great view. Lots of shade. Easy long hiking.

hiking
10 months ago

A lot more shade than I was expecting but most was uncovered. Got lost by avoiding a do not enter sign and walked approx an additional 1.5 miles uphill. Made for fun stories later but my legs were killing me. I'm not in the best shape so I would rate this trail as moderate. If you do the whole thing it's pretty tiring. Dogs are ok here so I may bring mine again but all were off leash which is technically not allowed.

1 year ago

Absolutely gorgeous hike! Wild flowers everywhere, beautiful scenery, challenging terrain. Initial Kings Canyon Trail marker is not very clear though. When starting the trail, go the opposite direction the first marker is telling you to go, and you'll be fine.

mountain biking
1 year ago

Not a mtb trail!!

No shade at all on the trail, which is killer on a hot day. Nice bench at the almost-mid-mark to eat lunch. Took 2hrs 40min to walk (excluding break time). Lots of dry grass, typical California scenery. Good exercise.

hiking
3 years ago

Nice trail but their are alot of bees.Also you are suposto have a permit to be able to use trail. I didn't have a permit parked anyway luckily no tickets when I got back to my car.

hiking
3 years ago

King Canyon Loop is a nice walk with a good multitude of scenery. You will share the trail with horses, families, bird watchers and dog walkers. There are some sweat inducing climbs and beautiful views. The trial is nice and wide but does get narrow for a small portion. It is easy to find and there is ample parking. I imagine it can get crowded there on the weekend as I went on a weekday morning and crossed paths with a quite a few other outdoor enthusiasts.