Upper Otay Reservoir

MODERATE 22 reviews

Upper Otay Reservoir is a 2.1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Chula Vista, CA that features a lake. The trail is rated as moderate offers a number of activity options.

2.2 miles 178 feet Loop

fishing

fly fishing

hiking

mountain biking

walking

lake

rocky

hiking
13 days ago

Fun and different take on Lake Otay.

1 month ago

Nice smooth trail that's not crowded and winds around a small tranquil lake. :-)

2 months ago

3 months ago

Good walking /biking/running trail...easy trail.

6 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

Nice and easy

hiking
7 months ago

Did this one with a jogging stroller, but only for the first .90 miles - had to double back at the rickety and broken wooden pallets that served as a bridge and wouldn't accommodate the stroller. Nice views of the lake. Keep an ear out for bikers though, they come flying around the curves and you're expected to dodge out of the way in time.

walking
7 months ago

Nice and easy for kids too .

hiking
7 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

I headed east of the upper Otay reservoir, where you find yourself going up the mountains. That trail is very nice, but really long as well. I did a 9.7 mile hike up and down the mountains. I totally recommend it, just take lots of water. (This is not an easy trail.) You can go back once you reach to the flag on top, thats what most people did either way its very fun.

2 years ago

It was a nice easy walk but not what I was looking for. Did see a lot of wild rabbits along the way.

2 years ago

MTB review . Upper Otay really only serves as jump off point for either lower Otay Reservoir or the mountains directly to its west. If looking for some challenging up hill, the mountains offer about 50 miles of single and double track with some very challenging uphill. If you want some great, fast single track with some good size jumps head to lower Otay reservoir. Both trails are fairly easy to find . Careful of rattle snakes though - I've seen more here than anywhere else I've been.

hiking
3 years ago

Have gone there many times, this lake is a nice easy hike. you can make it long or short, this trail is a half way point from the lower otay lake which is just across the road. It has nice views,wildlife,and it can be used for mountain biking, catch and release fishing. the lower lake is used for fishing, hiking, mountain biking, picnics and boat rowing. most of all it's a very good start for beginners. I highly recommend, and there's no crowds! go there and enjoy. NOTE- dogs are welcomed but must be kept on leash, and be careful and mindful of snakes. specially during spring - beginning of fall..I sugest you read Afoot and Afield is a book about trails in San Diego.

hiking
3 years ago

I went today.... it was a chill hike... very nice views... loved it

hiking
3 years ago

The trail is great for jogging, running or biking. It's not much of a "hike" though. Nevertheless it's nice & close to the lake with a few different clear pathways.

hiking
3 years ago

Beautiful easy trail with lots of great views. We started hiking from the parking lot on Otay Lakes Road. The trail leads around the upper Otay reservoir over to another parking lot on Proctor Valley Road. However, if you are an enterprising hiker/biker, you might be able to find a trail that makes a loop back to Otay Lakes Road. This trail leads to the mountain on the east side of the reservoir, to the other side of the upper dam and back to the road. Just a little muddy due to the rain we have had lately. However, the views were worth a little mud on our shoes!

hiking
4 years ago

I started at the parking area by Telegraph road next to upper Otay dam. Mark my truck position and went down the road to east side of the dam, you'll find the trail very easy. Follow it up past the dam and it will hook more to the east. At this point you will see what looks like animal trail, follow it up to the fence, go past it and turn to the north and the trail will hook back east going up. This was an old 4wd trail which is no longer used. Keep going and after 1 mile or 1.6km there is a tee section, use the one that goes up, and keep going up approx. 1 mile until you reach the summit, from the parking area to the first summit is 1200 foot climb. If you keep going you will find 2 more summits and then a sign that tells you that you have enter BLM land. At the BLM marker its 3 miles in and you can still keep going with another 1000 to 1500 climb. I found this trail to be a good test for anyone who wants to carry and test there gear on a quick hard climb. The views are great and I went through the clouds to see the sunrise. On the first summit you can see your car park and it will be 2.2km straight to it with 1200 foot drop.

mountain biking
4 years ago

Great bicycle track!!! Preatty steep uphills but its worth the downhill!!! Although rocky, its a good way to practice one's balance.

hiking
4 years ago

Great hike for beginners. Trail is very clear but can be a bit ruff around the North Eastern finger. In this area the trail gets a little narrow. If your on a bike you may need to dismount for about 15 yards.
Not very busy.
Can be done easily in an afternoon.

hiking
5 years ago

This was a great hike. Would recommend checking out especially if you don't like crowds.