Reservoir Canyon Loop Trail is a 5.4 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near San Luis Obispo, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length5.4 miElevation gain1,397 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashHikingNature tripsrunningCaveForestRiverViewsWaterfallWildflowersWildlifeMuddyOver grown
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After heavy rains parts of this area may be closed. Please check with the Reservoir Canyon Natural Reserve for more information.

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Recordings (332)
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Sruti Lankireddy
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HikingGreat!Muddy

Beautiful views on the way up and back. Overall it's not a relaxing hike - not too difficult. Just be careful to stay on the trail!

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Shelly Fishburn
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Hiking

Will return when the ground drys up.

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Brian Nutt
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Pretty steep.

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Phil Forsman
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Hiking

Trail was really nice! Tons of signs showing you which way to go!

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Veronica Martinez
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Hiking

Muy buena caminada

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Happy Enchill
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Steve Gallegos
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Hiking

Nice morning

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Lisa Simon
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HikingGreat!Rocky

Beautiful trail with a variety of scenery. I went counter-clockwise - finding the turn left to go up to the tower required me to keep referring to my GPS map. I recommend hiking poles.

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Steve Gallegos
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HikingGreat!Rocky

Great hike, challenging, fun, and rewarding. Close to 7 miles long, very rocky bring good hiking shoes

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Nikki Marks
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HikingGreat!

Great hike

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Igor Shabalov
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Julie Elkin
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Fun trail!

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Morgan Wilkie
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Hiking

Gorgeous hike. Really rocky so glad to have my boots for this one.

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Megan Maggio
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Spooky

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Mason Livingston
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janine domenici
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Jennifer Baeza
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Really good little workout! And great places to stop and eat your lunch.

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Michelle A
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Elizabeth Lemos
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Hiking

Super difficult for mixed ages.

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Tawnya Jean
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Hiking

2 star from me for rocky terrain way tough in my knees and ankles

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Kaylee Hammett
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HikingNo shadeRocky

I hiked this alone and felt safe doing so. I was watching closely for rattlesnakes but didn't see any. Most of the trail is rocky and slippery making it really easy to fall or sprain your ankle. I wouldn't attempt it without boots. Tons of poison oak and the views weren't very memorable.

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Julie Lavender
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If you plan on taking your dog, know that the trail is composed in large part of loose and jagged rocks. One of my dogs didn't seem to mind, the other seemed pretty tender footed by the end.

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Ella Williams
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Hiking

Nice, peaceful trail. Not too steep, I would call it moderate - took me 2 hours with no stops. Lots of poison oak by the creek bed but plenty of shade most of the way and great views near the top!

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Paavo Ogren
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Excellent trail.

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Chirag Chotalia
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Hiking

This was a great trail. Definitely on the harder side of moderate. Lots of decent shade cover though the last 1/3 to the top is fully exposed so you’ll want to go early in the day. Off the beaten path a bit so it wasn’t crowded even during a peak weekend

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Jake Emen
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Earlier the better to avoid crowds. completed in 2:20 while stopping for photos.

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