Reservoir Canyon Loop Trail

MODERATE 140 reviews

Reservoir Canyon Loop Trail is a 5.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near San Luis Obispo, California that features a waterfall 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.

5.4 miles
1,397 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly


nature trips

trail running


bird watching





wild flowers



over grown

12 days ago

Great trail but would not recommend during raining season. Trail at the end was flooded and difficult to get thru definitely got wet and had to cross several areas with running water. Beginning of the trail didnt warn you about trail being flooded If you started on the other end which was disappointing cuz I was already more than 3/4 in and would have been several more hours to turn back and would have gotten dark otherwise great trail with beautiful views again avoid during rainy season.

1 month ago

We did this hike for my birthday ! Great views with alternating challenges and easy strolls. It’s one of my favorites. Get there early to watch the sunrise, but light enough to be safe

1 month ago

Often difficult to walk due to loose rocks and stumps. I needed to stop often to catch breath. Great view at the top. It was a great walk. I will come back again for sure.

trail running
1 month ago

Views from the top are incredible. If rain recently, trails can be very muddy, and difficult to pass. A lot of poison oak, long pants recommended.

2 months ago

The views from the top were amazing!!

trail running
2 months ago

A good challenge to push up hill, with a rewarding view, nice loop option, and variety of plants along the way. As a run, a definite A, although some pruning of the surrounding chaparral was due when I went out as it was nearly impossible to pass without getting scratched by some of the woody shrubs. The eastern loop is fairly steep, which has some pros and cons, passing over some private property that has an easement which is also nice to see.

2 months ago

Great payoff at the top! We hiked a day or two after rain, so some of the lower stretches were muddy & somewhat slick. Pick a clear day, the views are incredible.

3 months ago

Absolutely love this trail. I’ve done it 4 times, and it never disappoints. Always gorgeous

4 months ago

Challenging hike through lovely terrain. Offers nearly 360 degree view of San Luis Obispo at its highest point.

7 months ago

Great views !!

10 months ago

Beautiful hike, especially after the recent rains.

Trails are a bit of a challenge because of recent rains and the creek being a bit higher and covering some trails. There is extensive poison oak. Long pants are highly recommended.

Went back a week later with the grandkids to show them the cool fall and cave at the base of the trail. They had lots of fun and didn’t have to go on a trail to get there. This was a plus because there is a ton of poison oak.

10 months ago

The view from the top was breathtaking and right off the start the waterfall is at the bottom. Directions were confusing. Lots of poison oak all around you and on the trees. Right above the waterfall there is a bridge it leads you up to two separate paths if you take the right it takes you to where the bench is and to the left overpassing the creek it takes you to the swing!
Easy to moderate but long loop we never completed

11 months ago

Excellent views. Great workout. Trail is a mix of rocky and dirt. A few steep rocky sections. Definitely a must do. The length of the loop and elevation seem to be a little off. A little higher and longer than stated. Bring lots of water.

11 months ago

Great hike for all levels. Loved the swing. Imagine it would be hot in the summer.

Friday, February 09, 2018

This is a excellent choice when you want a hike that offers great views not just at the top, but all along the trail. And yes! there is LOTS of poson oak at the start, so be smart and wear long pants!

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Monday, December 04, 2017

A good trail, but know that there is poison oak on the first half mile of the trail. After that? It’s absolutely amazing!

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Great hike, attempted to run but elevation jumps from 200 to 800 rather quick. Great leg work out. Best to do this hike early to view the sun as it comes up over SLO. Flatlander heaven.

Saturday, November 04, 2017

Good short hike. Nice views at the top. It was pretty clear and we could see over to Morro Bay and south to Avila beach area.

As an FYI, from the top you can walked down south to downtown SLO. Have lunch n Uber back to your car at trail head.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Whole family loved it!

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Fun hike. Good trail with mountain bikers primarily. Went to the top. Some water in the creek but no waterfall like in the spring.

Monday, September 25, 2017

This is a very nice walk/hike, just be careful of poison oak. There are some parts along the creek trail which the poison oak is over grown. I managed to get some on my arm and I was really being careful. The climb to the top is a good workout and the view at the top is great.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Decent trail. We did the complete loop starting from the waterfall nearest the road, as I prefer starting the trail going uphill. There is a green little tower at the top and continue past . The trail back down will be on your left side. There is a cool swing near the bottom, but the flat at the bottom and back to the road is rather boring

Friday, July 28, 2017

only went halfway because of the heat last week but was worth it!

Monday, July 03, 2017

Great hike, tough the last .5 mile but well worth the best view of south San Luis Obispo County just short of a helicopter ride. On a clear day, you can see Océano dunes to Morro Bay and most of the sister peaks. Well worth the technical climb. 4/5 only due to abundant poison oak in creek areas that slowed us down; pay attention.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Great hike, just keep an eye out for poison oak near the creek.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Beautiful views and the swing was a fun surprise. Hiked up and over and took an uber back to our car.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Went up to the summit. It was beautiful! One of my favorite hikes in this area!! My Apple Watch said it was more like 6 miles not the 5 recorded by the All Trails App. The first 2 miles or so were pretty easy the last mile or so was fairly strenuous. Start off at the bottom trail head across from parking area and check out the waterfall then head up the trail. Will do again for sure! Near the start of the trail there are lots of poison oak. Highly recommend pants and long sleeve shirts. Bring plenty of water if you are going up all the way to the lookout point. No real shade up past the creek. It gets hot and steep! Come prepared and enjoy!!

Monday, April 24, 2017

Beauitful trail and an amzing view at the end. Perfect mixture of challenge and fun.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Had an amazing hike 4.7 miles!!! Awesome place can see Pacific Ocean from the top.

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