Reservoir Canyon Trail

MODERATE 117 reviews

Reservoir Canyon Trail is a 5 mile moderately trafficked out and back 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
5.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1348 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

cave

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

1 month 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

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1 month ago

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

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2 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.

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2 months ago

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

3 months ago

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

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3 months ago

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!!

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