Whale Rock Reservoir

EASY 10 reviews

Whale Rock Reservoir is a 4.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Cayucos, California and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

4.1 miles
288 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly


trail running


2 months ago

DO NOT BRING YOUR DOGS. We went on the trail and stayed on the trail in early June, and we've picked 60+ ticks off our dogs and a few off of us! We were o ly about 10 minutes in. Dressed in pants, socks, shoes. They just hang in clusters on the short weeds on the trail.

3 months ago

The trail was fine and the reservoir is impressive, but the ticks are a real problem. We all had ticks attached to us by the time we got home. I’m sure the tall grasses and heavy winds were the issue. Just be warned and be prepared.

7 months ago

We walked in January- cool, breezy, quiet and beautiful! Dogs loved it! Too bad so many folks don’t pick up after their dogs!

Monday, July 17, 2017

This was an okay trail/walk. The only reason I'm giving it a 3 instead of a 4 is because I pulled 20 tics off my dog after this hike, but none on us humans. It was fairly easy with a few steep parts. No hiking poles needed in my opinion. My husband said it's a good fishing spot, so bring a pole if you like to do that. It cost $2 a person. There are benches and outhouses available. Oh and start by going right because if you go left it will dead end in a few hundred yards (secluded spot for fishing tho ;))

Saturday, June 10, 2017

This was a very nice place to go for a stroll. I put walking as the activity instead of hiking because the path is pretty smooth and easy and well maintained. Outhouses, trash cans and benches here and there are convenient. Stay on path unless you want a lot of ticks on you. 2$ self pay with envelopes in the metal box at gate. I went in the gate to down path to the right. I went all the way to end then came back. Lots of birds and wildflowers still very abundant here in June.

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

We went to fish, but ended up hiking after no bites. Nice little family trail. We did encounter a small rattlesnake. The area is open from 6 AM till 5 PM Wed through Sun during fishing season for fishing and hiking. Fishing season is the last Saturday in April through Nov 15th. Daily access fee is $2 and goes to support the upkeep of the public access area.

Monday, September 07, 2015

It was a hot day but a nice hike around the reservoir. It's $2 a person and when you go in you fill out the form to hike around. Please note this is off of Old Creek Road, which is not where we were sent. And the entrance is down from the road so it's kind of hard to see. This is also 5 miles in total. We tracked it and if you go up to the right that is the longer trail to the left is like .2 miles or so. I definitely recommend wearing pants because my calves were scratched up from the plants on the trail, but not terribly bad.

6 months ago

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Saturday, July 20, 2013