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Reservoir Canyon Open Space Reservoir Canyon



Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult

Elevation: 400-1,715 feet

Distance: 6.4 miles round trip

Estimated Time: 2.5- 3 hours

Area: 487 acres




LOCATION of the Reservoir Canyon Trailhead:


Take Highway 101 north. Go past the City limits one mile and turn right onto Reservoir Canyon Road (second road past City Limits). Reservoir Canyon Road ends at the trailhead.  




The topographic maps (included below) may be used for terrain review prior to or during a hike.


Printable Map: 8x10

View Only Version: 11x17



  • This trail meanders primarily along dense riparian vegetation with occasional vista breaks. The trail is 6+ miles round trip and is rated moderate to difficult. This trail is best in the spring when wild flowers are abundant and water levels are high. Be cautious of poison oak, which prevails throughout the canyon year round. Follow the creek down stream to see two small water falls, the second cascading in front of a 70 foot deep cave.




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