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King's Canyon Loop Trail is a 6.4 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Moraga, California 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.

Length 6.4 mi Elevation gain 948 ft Route type Loop

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All visitors must obtain a permit before hiking this area. More information here: https://www.ebmud.com/recreation/buy-trail-permit/ 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 Regional Park and Redwood Regional Park. Start on the Riche Loop 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.

Park at the Valle vista Area

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Gidget Taylor
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Hiking

O M G We thought going up the big hill first would make it a nice easy walk back around by the water - but no! It just keeps going up and down all the way back to where the split was. This should be labeled HARD.

Jessie Budge
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Maram Bata
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One of my favorite trails. It needs EBMUD permit. If you want to do the full trail go uphill first clockwise so you get the shaded area later. If you do not want to do the full loop (i recorded 7.4 miles!) go counter clock wise, walk as much as you want and come back so The water will be near you and shaded. more fun spring time when the creeks are full.

Mike Korinek
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Hiking

fireroads arent very fun...reservoir is kinda ugly

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Jennifer Brophy
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Ronn Berrol
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Hiking

One of the best hikes for capturing all that is best in the East Bay Hills. The drive alone from Via Pineheart of Canyon is fantastic, but the trail is just spectacular. Well maintained, if you go counter clockwise on the loop you get the ascent done early on and can just enjoy the views the rest of the day. At one point ascent is 26% in this direction, but then you have a 29% declination on the way down. It is serious. We added on a small bit and did about 7 miles in 2 hours and 40 minutes. Maybe went through a liter of water, max.

JT *.*
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Hiking

I walked this trail from 6:50-9 PM on 6.26.20, and at the tail end I saw a young black bear come out if the bushes and try to cross the trail near the gate, before where the trail splits to go up the ridge. Around 8:45 PM. It also most walked right in front of me, but I screamed and it got spooked and ran back into the bushes. Please be aware. I notified the Moraga Police, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, LAMORINDA and East Bay Times. Apparently black bears don’t attack, are scared of humans, and young 2-year olds are chased off by the mother to fend for themselves. Yet you will be scared. Its a 4-foot tall (on all fours) bear. I may go back and put signs up too.

Millie Wong
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Hiking

If you have time - complete the trail from the gate and take the king canyon trail - the ascent was challenging on a 90 degree weather but all around was just too serene and beautiful. Took us 3 hours- for once I saw the cows grazing and they took shelter and must have thought humans have lost their mind! Coyote sighting not too far from us and a snake - didn’t know what it was but it was striped black and white ! Pack enough water and snacks and keep keeping our home trails clean ! Enjoy

AllTrails Stan O.
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Hiking

Fabulous trail! I have run regularly on this trail for many years. Easy access from either Valle Vista Staging Area or Rancho Laguna Park. Beautiful any time of year. Wide trail. Carry water.

Kelsey Chirlinn
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EBMUD had police out enforcing the trail permit rule today and the parking lot was closed, but the trail was open and everyone just parked on the side of the road. The signage was a little confusing so we ended up doing the Richie Loop before setting out on the King Canyon loop. Where you can decide which direction to take the loop we went right instead of left which was nice and shady with nice views of the lake. The ascent at the end of the loop was no joke, but we kind of liked that it was partly shaded going up and no shade going down. saw a little wildlife with a lot of cool birds! Also, the cows weren't out today but they definitely left behind plenty of pies!

Douglas Hanna
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Hiking

Very pretty. One good climb. You’ll see a number of cows. Wide trails and wasn’t busy at all.

Grant Scavello
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Hiking

Hike with Sarah and Tonka. Tonka met his first cows!

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Natalia P
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Hiking

Beautiful trail with lots of varied scenery! Lots of bugs around sunset. You need a trail permit but you can just get it online for $3. Would definitely recommend!

Amber Baker
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Hiking

More people than we expected, probably due to the shelter-in-place EBMUD access relief. Beautiful views of the reservoir and big oaks.

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Natalie Luu
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Walk through the Rancho Lungo Park, and you'll see a gate to a network of trails. We did the King's Canyon Loop next to the reservoir. Nice views, a lot of up and down hills, and some steep parts. Solid hike

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Noel Harmonson
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Hiking

Amazing trail!! It was a hot day but there were a lot of secluded forested areas. There was a nice breeze as well. Beautiful views of the San Leandro reservoir. Plenty of wildflowers and rolling hills. AllTrails states you need a permit but I was able to hike without one. The parking lot is closed due to covid-19 but street parking was easy. 6’ social distancing was also easy. I highly recommend this hike!

Tyler Chuck
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Hiking

King's Canyon Loop Trail is a true joy. The trails are well-maintained and there is some shade. Plenty of space on the trails to spread out. A great trek after a long day of work!

Jacob Millen
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Running

A beautiful place to run, nice rolling hills. I wouldn't run here the day after it rains though, because it is very slippy... waiting about 4 days after rain seems to be fine. Also, the trail to the West of the parking lot (leading up to Redwood Regional Park) is really pretty with huge redwoods and fun singletrack trails. I couldn't find this trail on Alltrails so I just wanted to comment it here. It isn't marked on googlemaps either, so I guess maybe it's just a bit hidden. But I would totally recommend doing that trail. At first I didn't really want to drive all the way to Moraga for the Kings Canyon trail, but after finding this new "hidden" trail, it became well worth the drive. 10/10 would run here again *Directions for the redwood trail: -From the car park, go onto the trail and turn right (West) -go a little up the hill, then follow the arrow sign pointing towards a singletrack trail to the right -at the end of this trail, you emerge onto a road intersection -cross the road and go to the gate on the other side -follow the trail across the bridge, then go on the trail to the left (I'm not sure where the trail to the right leads, if anywhere) - enjoy the run :)

Emily Busse
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Hiking

Really enjoyable trail - a good workout, beautiful views, mixed sun and shade. Not very muddy right now and lots of wildflowers / good bird watching. Saw some bald eagles!

N G
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Hiking

Amazing view of trees flowers and the lake. Pretty hard! but so beautiful

Scott Stauffer
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Hiking

Beautiful, cool day for a hike through the green and yellow hills. Dogs are allowed, but must be kept on leash. Be sure to have your permit - ranger asked to see ours in the parking lot.

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marie phelps
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Hiking

A nice trail and pretty accurately moderate. Steep at the beginning but then the worst is over. Enjoyed views and being near the resevior. I found it a little challenging to get on the trail - signs misleading - but use the app and once you are on the main loop, easy to follow.

Alice Baldridge
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Hiking

Pretty warm day. Lots of song birds. Trail really dry and mud cracked but not too torn up. Those hills at the beginning are stupid.

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Archana Srivastava
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Hiking

One of my favorites!! Never gets boring!! Beautiful views. I have run/hiked this trail countless times. Seen coyotes many times. Moderate traffic.

Wenjun S.
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Hiking

Very pleasant, with a lot of green, at this time of the year.

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Chanel Teffeteller
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Muddy but super beautiful! Definitely brisk but worth the beautiful views of the rolling hills

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Amelie Finnebraat
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Maram Bata
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Hiking

Great trail I did the loop going left at the intersection. The start is up hill for a while, views of the hills and Moraga. I loved more the views and more trees, creeks and views of the water shed going back. For a shorter hike If not doing the loop I will recommend to go to the right by the water , amazing views and have moderate slope.

Amy Brown
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HikingClosedPrivate property

Came out to hike the Kings Canyon loop today and about a mile in there was a gate shut and padlocked across the trail, so my dog and I had to turn around. We ended up doing the Riche Loop and then going home, since none of the trails off of the Riche Loop were marked (one was a fire trail that was closed to the public, the other was an unmarked and extremely muddy trail).

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