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North Peak Loop via Donner Canyon

HARD 4 reviews
#14 of 18 trails in

North Peak Loop via Donner Canyon is a 10.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Clayton, CA that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

10.1 miles 2956 feet Loop



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wild flowers


Skip the summit crowds and see Mount Diablo's North Peak. Strenuous 10-mile hike. If you're bugged by the existence of a parking lot atop Mount Diablo -- the East Bay's signature peak -- you're probably just the type to check out nearby North Peak, which gets far fewer visitors and offers just as many awesome vistas. My favorite path to North Peak is definitely the hard way: five miles and over 3,000 feet of climb on some of the steepest trails in the Bay Area. The struggle has rewards beyond knowing you've walked from near sea level to one of the highest accessible points in the region. In springtime, the hillsides light up with wildflowers; in winter, rains cleanse the skies so you can see the snow-capped Sierra peaks hundreds of miles away; in autumn, tarantulas prowl the trails in search of mates. Summer's about the only time when it's too hot to attempt this hike. This hike also has a bonus: a jaunt along the Mount Olympia Trail, notorious as one of the steepest in the Bay Area. If you've got the legs for it, this is among the East Bay's must-hike routes. For peak-bagging purists, a hike to the main summit adds another three miles and 800 feet of elevation gain.

6 days ago


Views from the top of Mt.Olympia are great. Made the mistake of not carrying sunscreen or a hat - never repeating that! Gets really hot on a lot of parts of the trail since they are quite exposed. View from the summit of North Peak are not much to write home about. But the single track from Mt.Olympus to the North Peak is gorgeous!

10 days ago

Extremely hard...

2 months ago

3 months ago