Donner Creek Loop Trail

MODERATE 56 reviews
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Donner Creek Loop Trail is a 5.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Clayton, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.

5.2 miles 1322 feet Loop

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

no dogs

Beautiful hike along creek, multiple cascades, mountain views. This loop trail is a great short hike that allows you to escape into the wilderness for a few hours. Donner Creek Falls consists of a series of four separate cascades falling off the peaks of Diablo. During the winter months and after a good rain, the waterfalls are rather impressive. From the parking area, walk along Donner Canyon Rd to Hetherington Loop (1.0 mi). After about 1.8 miles, turn left at the Cardinet Oaks Rd., and follow this road across Donner Creek and up a steep section to a junction with the Falls Trail on the right. This trail leads down to the falls on Donner Creek and continues on to the Middle Trail, which then loops back down to the Donner Canyon Rd.

hiking
1 day ago

Fun little ass kicker!

Nice moderate hike but the trail narrows quite a bit as you walk inside the canyon. Definitely on the treacherous side coming down, especially with all of the recent rains. A great place to hike after rain, as there are many waterfalls. No official parking, you just park on the street so get here early, especially during rainy season on weekends.

1 day ago

hiking
1 day ago

Took Donner Loop, to Meridian Ridge, then looped back to Donner in about 4 hrs. With the recent storms, trails were very muddy, the waterfalls raging. There were so many beautiful areas to stop, contemplate, and appreciate. One of our favorite hikes.

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hiking
2 months ago

Moderate for sure, not mild at all but nice trail with some rock climbing in it

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Definitely was a nice hike. Was in the middle of easy to moderate. I think it would have been more enjoyable if we did it in the fall so it was more plush and water was present. There is a lot of poison oak so be careful when it's it season on the second half of the hike. Also, keep a look out for the nice big velvateen tarantulas.

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Great trail, waterfall is dry as a bone right now but still cool. Uphill the first half and a nice downhill back.

4 months ago

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hiking
6 months ago

I recommend going during the winter or early spring when there's enough water to make the mountain green. It's much more beautiful when there's plenty of water in the creeks and flowing down the distant waterfalls. Very fun to explore with friends, and the trail starts in nearby neighborhoods.

hiking
7 months ago

Love this hike... But I don't love that dogs aren't allowed.

hiking
8 months ago

Nice, but dry not much water when I went there.

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful!

hiking
8 months ago

beautiful! and right in my backyard, can't believe I haven't been here sooner. Was a pretty easy hike overall, there are some steep parts but nothing serious. I did the 5.4 mile loop, so worth it, the waterfalls made for such a peaceful scene. Views were awesome. This hike is best now! Spring, after any rain! If you don't want to make the drive to Marin County but desire some waterfalls, fern near water, wildflowers, butterflies, birds chirping, and possible wildlife sighting (saw deer omw back down) come here. Took me about 3 hours to complete. Loved it.

hiking
8 months ago

Hiking there was so beautiful. I loved the noises of the waterfalls and birds everywhere.

8 months ago

Definitely 5 star in the spring when the flowers are out and there is water in the creek.