Reservoir Canyon Trail

MODERATE 150 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.

5.4 miles
1397 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running






wild flowers


9 days 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.

20 days ago

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

1 month 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!

2 months ago

3 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!

4 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.

4 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.

4 months ago

Whole family loved it!

5 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.

5 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.

6 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

7 months ago

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

8 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.

8 months ago

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

9 months ago

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

9 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!!

10 months ago

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

10 months ago

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

11 months ago

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

11 months ago

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

11 months ago

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!!

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.

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

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.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

4th time completing this trail. The guide states "easy"... Not easy after the swing. I'd say moderate to hard depending o. Your conditioning. Today I did the trail with my 50 liter Osprey, loaded for 3 days excursion. 3 liters of water in my hydration bladder. The trip up as usual was a workout. We took the new Summit trail from the pink tower down to the parking area. This trail is shorter than the original trail. Scenic and not too steep.

Friday, August 05, 2016

The first mile follows a creek and is easy. Then it abruptly turns uphill and is moderate to strenuous to the top of the ridge. Excellent for conditioning with outrageous views. Do not hike this trail in wet conditions.

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