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.

Length4.1 miElevation gain288 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashKid friendlyHikingWalkingRunning
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David Ramirez
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Hiking

headed to the left this time not to bad of a trail connect to the trail that starts by the parking area. have to pay $2 and plenty of outhouses

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Russell Davidson
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Hiking

Great

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Chris Milder
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BackpackingGreat!

Beautiful hike! No ticks, but I don't have a dog either.

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Kristin C
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HikingBugs

Beautiful walk and nicely maintained trail. The only issue were the ticks. Dog was covered in ticks although none on us humans.

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Kelly Carpenter
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Hiking

Great place to hike, fish or mountain bike. Lots of benches and outhouses along the trail. The upper Trail is basically a mountain bike track.

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Jeremy Benhammou
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WalkingGreat!

Didn't feel super notable, but very pleasant walk. No issue with ticks, though sounds like other reviewers had a different experience.

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Kathy Becerra
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HikingGreat!

Very quiet and well manicured road like trail that winds around the Resevoir. Lots of good bird watching.

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Jan Brooks
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Yoneko Tamaki
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Kenny Campbell
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Victoria Laughlin
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Allan Rubio
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Elizabeth Wallace
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Hiking

Great trail. Easy footings and it was nice and cool during noon time.

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Edith Lycke
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HikingBugsNo shade

Tick city right now. Highly recommend you wait to hike this lovely trail until tick season is over. My dog had probably 15 ticks on him after we hiked the full length of the trail. I had four on me though none had attached themselves yet.

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Kristen Blumenthal
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WalkingBugsFeeNo shade

We really enjoyed this walk out and back. Nice that there toilets asking the path and tables to picnic. It was quiet and you can see the whole reservoir. It's a $2.00 per person fee, so bring dollar bills as only envelopes to pay. We walked on June 7th and I currently would not recommend this to take your dog... we spent the rest of the day picking ticks off our dog... over 50! And we stayed on the trail the entire time... my guess is that they were from the last portion of the trail that has dried grass covering the pathway. We won't be going back anytime soon.

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Julie Elkin
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Hiking

If you love ticks, like they’re your most favorite thing on the planet, than you are going to really enjoy this trail! And the fun doesn’t stop on the trail! Oh no, you can take a few home with you or a dozen on your dog! Seriously, it should be called the Eeebee Geebee’s trail because oh my god! I’m bringing lighter fluid and matches to set myself on fire next time #hikehappy

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Heather Carter
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HikingBugsNo shade

Pretty views and flowers right now. Not a flat trail, mostly up and down hills. The path is mowed down but I picked 3 ticks off my dog and 2 off myself. We did not go off the path at all either.

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Abe DeGraw
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Ramiro Magana
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Hiking

ok run/ hike to muddy and slippery but well worth the calorie burner

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Monica Florez
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Hiking

Such an underrated trail! I started it from the little cayucos creek road instead of 13th st. You can see the start of the hike from the freeway. The trail is not well marked and seams to be a lot of alternative ways, steep shortcut or go around the hill. Just know as long as you’re going to the top of the hill you’re going the right way (duh lol). We were the only ones on the hike and we went on a Sunday. On top there was an amazing 360 view and might just be my new favorite hike.

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Michele Goebel
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HikingNo shade

Easy walk along the shoreline. I had a cool day but I would imagine it's hot in the summer. Quiet trail. A few ppl fishing. It dead ends at the end so you can walk the perimeter of the lake if you wanted to add milage. $2 honor system permit at trailhead.

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Allison Phelps
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Hiking

This is a nice, albeit slightly boring, well-maintained trail that traces part of the perimeter of the Whale Rock Resevoir. If you’re looking for a calm stroll, this would be perfect. I imagine it would be hot in the summer months - there is no shade. There is a $2 fee for parking in the lot which you put in an envelope & keep the tab for proof of payment.

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Todd Girkins
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HikingFeeNo shade

Hiked on 7Nov2019. A nice walk around a portion of a large water reservoir. Reports of tics on the trail are obsolete since they bulldozed the entire length of the trail at least 10 feet wide. Saw one tarantula and numerous birds, but not much else. Quiet and empty, with 10 plywood port-a-potty’s along the way to give us something to joke about. Overall, meh. Once is enough.

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Leilani Braddy
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Hiking

Our dogs got a lot of ticks other than that nice trail

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Anita Verduyn
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HikingMuddy
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