Reservoir Canyon Trail

MODERATE 170 reviews

Reservoir Canyon 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.

DISTANCE
5.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1397 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

cave

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

2 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.

2 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

hiking
3 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.

3 months ago

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

4 months ago

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!

hiking
5 months ago

6 months ago

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

7 months ago

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.

7 months ago

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.

hiking
7 months ago

Whole family loved it!

8 months ago

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

hiking
8 months ago

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.

9 months ago

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

10 months ago

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

hiking
11 months ago

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.

hiking
11 months ago

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.

hiking
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.

hiking
Monday, April 17, 2017

Loved it! It was challenging and tiring but the view from the top is gorgeous

hiking
Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Great hike. Very hard on legs when your not in shape

hiking
Tuesday, March 28, 2017

The waterfall is at beginning of trail and it is beautiful. But, poison oak is everywhere, bordering both side of the trail. Some sections there is less than one foot width between the super lush and overgrown poison oak. I am not that much of a naturalist!

Saturday, March 04, 2017

Trail flooded but gorgeous waterfall, will be back to tackle this later!!

hiking
Saturday, February 04, 2017

Since it's been raining we were able to see a nice waterfall. We were not able to do most of the trail though because the dirt pathway was flooded with water and we did not have water boots. Definitely will be coming back to attempt again.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

3 miles up. Worth the view.

hiking
Friday, January 06, 2017

Such a beautiful hike! Perfect to visit with friends and family. It's a great workout and enjoyed every step of the way.

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Great scenery

hiking
Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Great workout with amazing views!

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Love this trail! A great challenge if you choose the steep route and the views at the top are amazing. From The city of San Luis, the bay, and Pismo beach strand. There is quite a bit of poison oak at the beginning, but is avoidable. once you get to the grassy area there isn't any. Mostly single track and not a lot of traffic.

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