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Waterfalls of Mount Diablo Loop Trail

MODERATE 42 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

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

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.

hiking
43 minutes ago

A ton of mud right now. Be prepared with good hiking boots. Have to cross a couple of small creeks, otherwise I'd say it's a moderate trail with some steepness, great views, and nice small waterfalls. Took about 4 hours at a leisurely pace with inexperienced hikers.

hiking
4 days ago

Great hike! A little confusing to follow but overall a nice experience. Went after 3-months of rainfall. There were six creeks to cross and they ranged from easy to seemingly impassible (without getting your sox wet). Took us 3hrs from start-to-finish. Should be more of a 2.5hr excursion, though

5 days ago

With the heavy rains the waterfalls were exceptionally active. The beginning of the trail has a lot of mud so keep that in mind. Getting past the waterfalls leads to wet shoes since the water levels are high but it's not extreme. The views were beautiful. The loop trail to the waterfalls is steep and narrow (no barriers) so if you're easily spooked avoid going up the loop and stick to the main trail.

hiking
5 days ago

A good trail close to the Bay Area. Has some climbs that could be difficult for those who are out of shape. The waterfalls are well worth the climb. My wife and I hiked the trail in about 4 hours with several picture taking stops. The falls were in full flow due to the recent rain.

6 days ago

hiking
6 days ago

Fun hike on a sunny winter morning. Prepare to get your feet wet and muddy.

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9 days ago

Really muddy and expect to get your shoes wet. Awesome views and a lot of fun. Just the right amount of difficulty to start of the year's resolution to hike more. I like ending in the shade so we did the loop clockwise.

hiking
14 days ago

A little muddy after all this rain to start, but only in the beginning. It's also quite pretty. The hills are a verdant emerald green and the creeks are full and flowing. It's a little easy to get lost so keep the app open to help you know where to turn. Also, there are quite a few streams to leap across so keep this in mind. If you have waterproof shoes, wear them! And I wish I would have brought my hiking poles, the knees were a little sore afterwards!

21 days ago

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22 days ago

Great hike. Bring a map because it's easy to miss the falls trail from the main trail. Lots of little waterfalls flowing after all the rain. The beginning of the hike is a little muddy but it isn't bad once you get past the first mile.

hiking
22 days ago

We began the hike at the Regency Gate trailhead at the end of Mountaire Parkway, Clayton. We hiked up to the Mt. Diablo’s Falls trail. The rocky hills were bright green. The recent rains have had the cascades gushing with water. It was beautiful sign but the traffic also was heavy.

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