Upper San Leandro Reservoir: King Canyon Loop

Loop • 6.1 mi • 0 ft

This loop, combining the Rocky Ridge and King Canyon Loop trails, explores two narrow canyons at the northern end of EBMUD’s Upper San Leandro Reservoir. Birders will enjoy the variety of habitats visible from this route, from open water to secluded forest, and those out for exercise will profit from many ups and downs. Parts of this route have steep ground, and parts are extremely muddy in wet weather. From the parking area, go through a cattle gate and sign the EBMUD register, then turn left and walk downhill on the Rocky Ridge Trail, a gravel path that crosses an open field of coyote brush and blackberry vines. (Another EBMUD route that starts here, the Redwood Trail, goes right and climbs to the East Ridge Trail in Redwood Regional Park.) The northernmost finger of Upper San Leandro Reservoir, which you will soon cross, is visible from here. After about 150 feet you reach a dirt road coming from the parking lot and joining on your left. Here you angle right on the road. When you reach the remains of an orchard, left, bordered by Monterey pines and eucalyptus, find a gravel turnout, also left. (This turnout is opposite a trail post marking the Riche Loop Trail.)
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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Orinda
Length: 6.1 total miles
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 4 hours
Season: Year-round
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Lots of room for horse trailers at Valle Vista Staging area, trails are all fire roads, some steep parts, but all very pretty. Can ride to city park and have lunch and complete loop via Rocky Ridge. Nice ride when not wet!


This is a beautiful trail. I enjoyed walking it very much. Most of it is shady, so a very comfortable walk or jog. One is supposed to have a trail permit though, to be purchased at EBMUD offices, or city offices.

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