Waterfalls of Mount Diablo Loop Trail

MODERATE 22 reviews
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Waterfalls of Mount Diablo Loop Trail is a 6 mile loop trail located near Clayton, California that features a waterfall. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and nature trips.

6.0 miles 1627 feet Loop

kid friendly


nature trips

trail running




wild flowers


Winter and spring rains create scenic waterfalls in this hike at Mount Diablo, the East Bay's signature peak. While Mount Diablo State Park is best known for towering vistas from the mountain's twin East Bay summits, the seasonal rains that visit the San Francisco Bay Area every year create several scenic waterfalls in the mountain's rugged canyons. This hike starts out from the Regency Gate in the East Bay town of Clayton -- parking is free in the neighborhood: be polite and do not abuse the privilege.

12 hours ago

Moderate hike!!!!! Love it.

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3 days ago

Hiked Morning Jan 14. All open. Lots of water still. Muddy at bottom. Other hikers saw large patches of ladybugs. Also seemed quite busy, perhaps because of News posts about waterfalls. Great hike and will definitely come back to explore this area more. Can be bit of ass kicker for some.

6 days ago

10 days ago

Muddy and slippery at this time of the year. Gusty wind and raining hard so make sure you guys have hiking boots with great tractions. Poles are great for incline. Worth it.

18 days ago

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22 days ago

Mostly hills, several trails that are difficult to locate on GPS so unsure where they actually go. Beautiful views though. Unable to locate this "loop".

1 month ago

1 month ago

Nice hike the day after Thanksgiving... Was expecting bigger waterfalls but what do you expect in a dry California..

2 months ago

awesome trail

3 months ago

Falls trail really needs some trail crew loving. Lots of erosion and small dirt slides cover spots on the trail.

4 months ago


4 months ago

Really nice hike. Recommend good hiking shoes loose gravel at times. During this time no waterfalls August. Pay attention to the hiking map as there are many different trails. Parking is at a dead end of a residential area.

1 year ago

Enjoyed the hike, and the waterfalls were beautiful, but this should be classified as a difficult hike, not moderate. The actual waterfall trail is technical single-track, some of it right at the edge of cliffs. Several of the trails involved are very steep. That being said, my friend and I had a great time, and would do it again - just with the knowledge that it's more of a strenuous hike than advertized.

Beautiful hike thru grasslands, oaks, forest and sunny hill side. We hiked at a leisurely pace and it took us 3 hours. There are some spots that are a bit tough to maneuver, overall fairly easy. Definitely wet after rain, it was still damp in places even though it didn't rain for about a month.
Well worth the 1 hour drive from Berkeley.

2 years ago

Bring plenty of water. Too bad it's so dry and no waterfalls. Good workout and varied terrain. Narrow and steep in parts.

3 years ago

Loved the views and the kids enjoyed the geocashing. Will do again. Great Sunday hike with friends