King 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.

Length6.4 miElevation gain948 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashHikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingRunningForestLakeViewswild-flowersWildlifeBugsMuddy
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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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Liana Merkel
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Spencer Schilling
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val sanders
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gorgeous trail. some cover and some exposed

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Kiet Huynh
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Love this hike 10/10. Highly recommend

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Ruby Parra
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Apparently you need to buy a permit to hike this trail (go to EBMUD website). Plenty of parking when I went (showed up at 12:30). Go clockwise (left at the fork) if you'd like to get the steep, difficult part of of the way at the beginning. The scenery is gorgeous right now since we've been having rain so everything was super green. There were some muddy parts, but it was tolerable to walk around those areas (I didn't wear any fancy hiking shoes, just some Nike sneakers). The tail wasn't super crowded. Definitely recommend this hike!

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Valerie Alesna
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HikingMuddy

At the trailhead, go left! And don’t go down any private roads and you’ll be good! Lots of shade and hills, people and dogs. The water level of the reservoir looks low. Parking lot gets full, go early or late.

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Alan LeClair
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Dave Doty
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Kalyan Neelamraju
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A tranquil, quiet walk with relatively light traffic on a Saturday morning in January (98% masked). Police near the bridge checking for EBMUD permits. Some people were buying a permit on their phones before approaching this checkpoint, so if you have forgotten, you can get one quickly.

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Michael Goldman
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Erin Nicole
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This is a great cardio hike due to the step inclines. The views are nice and there’s a good balance of shade and sunlit areas if you go on a warmer day.

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Paul Salop
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Angela Tang-Tan
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Busy this long weekend, but a few nice views of the lake!

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Gilbert Gong
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Garrett Miller
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Balazs Moldovanyi
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Andi O’Toole
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Not too crowded, not muddy. Good moderate hike with a good mix of ups and downs. EBMUD was checking permits so make sure you have yours.

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Laurel Kellam
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HikingMuddy

Well maintained trail. Good rolling hills and views.

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Scott H
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Great hike that is moderate only because of the steep uphill. Lake views are kind of boring. It's a reservoir and not completely full. But this is definitely a good cardio hike and plenty of woodland and rolling hills scenery.

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Robert Ashby
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Carm M
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Bryan Hiestand
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Beautiful, mostly wide trail. Great views! Fairly busy, even on a weekday. Dog friendly.

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A Heng
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Drew Milani
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cynthia davis
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HikingFee

Great trail, with awesome reservoir views. Went early on a Sunday morning. We had run ins with coyotes multiple times though. They were pretty aggressive and didn’t seem to be afraid of us. The first run in was right across the bridge and he followed us all the way to the gate. We had to throw rocks at it and yell to get it to run away multiple times. Scary.. we did report it as well. Other than that, we had a blast. The hill is no joke but most of the rest is relatively easy. Don’t forget to get your permit to hike here.

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Nadia Colquiett
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Some really nice views and a fun trail with lots of variety in incline, even on the more flat areas. I did the trail backwards and it was still a workout, my butt is feeling it already! Pretty lightly trafficked on a Friday afternoon, everyone I passed was masked though the wide path allowed for plenty of distance. Definitely adding this to my favorites.

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