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, 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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SEASONAL CLOSURE: This area is subject to seasonal closure due to flooded conditions. For more information, please visit https://www.slocity.org/government/department-directory/parks-and-recreation/ranger-service

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Alan Spangler
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Rocky

Very beautiful in spots, it being ranked as a mother it was a bit exaggerated. Very steep and rocky in spots, the view from the top was amazing however it’s not a hike I would not do again

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Jessica Fields
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Hiking

Hiked this trail with my 15-year-old son, we thought it was wonderful. Look forward to doing it again someday.

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Ryan Rosenthal
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Hiking

great workout! terrific views.

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Stacy O'Brien
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I had no idea what to expect other than the 1400 ft elevation and 5.5 miles. Wow! It’s gorgeous! It was a nice sunny day after some rain from the past week, and it was green as can be. It’s a lengthy one, but once I got to the top, it made everything worth while! Be careful to stay on the main trail after you get to the top. I’ve had friends get lost and go the wrong way and almost ended up doing the same

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Eri Mora
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Daniel Guillen
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Beautiful but the path trail gets really rocky.

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It takes dedication swollen
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Hiking

nice trail we did it the back way it was 5.8 miles ...nice views the waterfall was small but nice

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Justin Knowlton
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Brandon Heller
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Krista Schnabel
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Hiking

I stopped to do this hike on a drive from LA to Paso. It's right off the freeway and the trail was easy to follow. Practically deserted on a weekday. Very green right now and beautiful views. If I were a mountain goat I'd give it 5 stars but it's a bit rocky for my taste making for a slow descent.

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Arwen Foster
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Belle User
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Hiking

Great hike it’s definitely pretty long so be prepared. If there’s no parking in the parking lot don’t park on the street they’ll tow you

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David Hight
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Gilles Lachance
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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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Trail was really nice! Tons of signs showing you which way to go!

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Veronica Martinez
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Muy buena caminada

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Happy Enchill
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Steve Gallegos
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Nice morning

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

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