June Hike with Chris: Reservoir Canyon

Reservoir Canyon Hike, June 17, 2017, Lead: Evan, Sweep: Chris We had a total of 18 people join us today. A few apparently pulled out due to the heat (I don’t blame them). Attached is the sign-in sheet and group photo. We started at the waterfall taking the new trail up to the section that returns to the canyon, thereby bypassing the flooded eroded section on the original trail.  I have never seen so many SLO Mariposa Lilies, Calochortus obispoensis.  There were still quite a few flowers in bloom, including California-fuchsia, Columbine, Club-Haired Mariposa Lily, Golden Stars, Toyon, Palmer’s Spineflower, just to name a few. We also had the opportunity to observe a Common California Kingsnake on the side of the trail. The canyon was more pleasant than expected with the water nearby and plenty of shade.  As we ascended toward the “Goat Herder’s” homestead we felt the heat.  At the Eucalyptus we talked about the hermit that lived at the location then returned down the way we came.  5 people decided to continue to the top so we filled up there water bottles and said our goodbyes. All in all,  it was a great...

March hike with Seth: Reservoir Canyon

Saturday, March 4, 8:00AM, Reservoir Canyon One brave hiker joined me for a hike through Reservoir Canyon.  We started off the hike by taking our shoes off and crossing the creek and then headed up the hill checking out all the beautiful wildflowers and the green, rolling hills.  The new Loop Trail was phenomenal and held up well even after all the wet weather we have had.  We made it up to the top and were rewarded with stunning views of the surrounding morro’s and...

July Hike with Jan – Reservoir Canyon

I met up with two enthusiastic hikers for an early 7:00 am start up Reservoir Canyon on Saturday, July 16.  It was a bit foggy when we started.  By the time we got to the eucalyptus trees the fog had cleared on the east side of the canyon.  Great views of East Cuesta Ridge!  I am sad to report the swing needs some work.  Looks like one of the ropes broke.  We got to the top with a few “catch our breath” breaks.  Once on the top we discovered the fog was still thick over San Luis.  No spectacular views, but we did enjoy a little break at the stone circle seat.  On the way down we were on trash duty.  Finding toilet paper, bagged doggie poop, and more, we want to remind folks to use the “pack it in pack it out” method – whatever you bring into our beautiful open spaces, be sure to take it out....

Seth takes Cub Scouts and their parents for a Hike at Reservoir Canyon

Smiles all Day, and beautiful blue skies! Great start to our hike, everyone was there before me, an early group always makes me smile. We started off with introductions and a few safety rules, we then walked down to the waterfall to clean up the trash and admire the views. Finished with a few minutes of stretches and we were off up the trail. Progressing up the trail with a group of 14 people, many trash bags and 1 dog, saying hello to all who passed us. We were privileged to see so many types and colors of wildflowers along the trails and green hillsides. There were lots of people on the trail, for the most part the dog owners had the dogs on leash.  We did have to educate a few people as to why they need to stay on leash. Swinging underneath the old shaded trees among the iron artwork and green rolling hills was a great chance to tell some history and pick up lots of broken glass. Some people used that as the turn around point and the rest of us headed up to the top of the Mountain. We made it it there and sat in the awesome stone circle, eating snacks, admiring views of the various valleys and Morro’s surrounding us. We made it down in great time, the Cub Scouts were running down the hills with me dodging the low trees. We picked up every piece of trash we could see along the way. We stopped at the waterfall to check out the view and history and then departed to enjoy the...
Reservoir Canyon – February 13th

Reservoir Canyon – February 13th

  What an absolutely stunning day to take a great group of 22 out for a hike and one of my favorite open space areas of San Luis Obispo. The morning started off great, as we got to the parking lot and had enough spots for our group. We had 4 kids under the age of 9 with 2 dogs, a couple grandparents and some new people who had never been on the trail before. We also had a few Docents-in-training in the mix, which was nice as this was my biggest group by myself on a 6 mile hike with various skill levels . We even had a ranger with us which I absolutely loved as he informed the people who have their dogs off leash that they cannot do that. As we started we ended up in different groups, some going really quick and others going at a decent pace and then the last group checking out all of the flowers popping up as well as any wildlife. I was running between all the groups making sure everybody was good. We all took a good break at the awesome big tree with amazing views and some tin teepees, while taking turns on the swing it was at this point that a family of 9 decided that they were going to go enjoy the day and come back and tackle this another day. The rest of us headed up to the top to check out the amazing views of all the valleys and Morros, unfortunately there was fog or a fire going on to the north which was creating...