Reservoir Canyon Trail

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Reservoir Canyon Trail is a 5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near San Luis Obispo, CA that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. 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.

5.0 miles 1379 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

cave

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
2 days ago

Great workout with amazing views!

1 month ago

Love this trail! A great challenge if you choose the steep route and the views at the top are amazing. From The city of San Luis, the bay, and Pismo beach strand. There is quite a bit of poison oak at the beginning, but is avoidable. once you get to the grassy area there isn't any. Mostly single track and not a lot of traffic.

hiking
1 month ago

4th time completing this trail. The guide states "easy"... Not easy after the swing. I'd say moderate to hard depending o. Your conditioning. Today I did the trail with my 50 liter Osprey, loaded for 3 days excursion. 3 liters of water in my hydration bladder. The trip up as usual was a workout. We took the new Summit trail from the pink tower down to the parking area. This trail is shorter than the original trail. Scenic and not too steep.

2 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

4 months ago

The first mile follows a creek and is easy. Then it abruptly turns uphill and is moderate to strenuous to the top of the ridge. Excellent for conditioning with outrageous views. Do not hike this trail in wet conditions.

4 months ago

4 months ago

Moderate, not easy but fun and a mix of flat trail and rocky climbs.

hiking
6 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

it starts easy and scenic. past the creek bed it turns up and it doesn't relent. pass the swing tree and you begin the nearly endless upwards climb. When you pass the sign hope you didn't drink all your water. you'll need it now. but once you over come the climb it's all worth it at the top. to oversee all the coastal slo valley. on clear days you see Oceano, Avila Pier, and Morro Bay/Los Osos

7 months ago

8 months ago

Loved getting to the amazing views and the swing is a nice bonus at the top :)

hiking
9 months ago

Awesome trail!

9 months ago

Refreshing

9 months ago

Amazing hike. This hike has it all, waterfall, shade, great view, small bridge, you can take your dog with you and to top it off a swing.

hiking
9 months ago

One of my favorite hikes! Really muddy when I went

1 year ago

great trail,we made it all the way to the top, that's where I proposed and she said yes,so we'll forever remember that hike.

cross country skiing
1 year ago

The waterfall is a great way to start! The trail is easy to follow. You can take a break about half way up and swing for a while, bringing back some childhood memories....
The view from the top is truly breath taking!