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rocky
13 hours ago

def recommend even in winter. regardless if it has been storming the day before the trail is climbeable. the falls were amazing due to recent rain activity. lush, pretty and plenty of friendly hikers.

Highly recommend this trail for its diverse terrain and there’s so much more than just the falls out there. If you decide to take the challenge I would suggest going counter clock wise and avoid the annoying crowds congregating at the falls area, you won’t see them until near the end. Most of the trail is downhill this way, and way more enjoyable. Once you make the falls area, sit and rest and enjoy the scenery .... it’s a nice payoff.

I’d recommend hiking shoes, with good grip and comfortable insoles .... your feet are going to thank you!

Definitely was an adventurous trail! Views were alright but it was fun. A bit longer that I thought it’d be but was fun.

nature trips
7 days ago

Beautiful hike for the whole family to enjoy.

Delightful winter walk with fine views (and sounds) of the falls and the countryside (and Clayton) to the north. There was some mud in mid January but nothing we couldn't navigate. The hike is a mix of fire roads and single track. There are some steep slippery parts of the actual waterfall section of the trail so we recommend a hiking pole. Nonetheless, we did 8 miles in 4.5 hours with plenty of ooh-ahh stops so thought the trail was moderate for us.
We started at the Mitchell Canyon Nature Center and went counterclockwise (see https://www.alltrails.com/explore/recording/diablo-waterfall-jaunt) . This entry has a fee and the hike to the falls is longer than Regency Gate (our loop was just under 8 miles), but you get better parking, bathrooms, nature center, boot cleaning station and the satisfaction of supporting your state parks.

Gorgeous trail with great wildflowers, rolling green hills and waterfalls at every step.

Great moderate workout!

beautiful up hill the whole way.

Absolutely beautiful hike. We parked about a mile away (to avoid paying because we left wallets..oops) and so that added a little more than I would have liked. But it was beautiful and getting to the falls was so worth it! Wear good shoes! Your feet will thank you!!

Great hike for all ages. Amazing falls all the way up.

it was a beautiful hike, next time we'll make it all the way, we only hiked halfway because we were out of shape lol it is steep all the way up

hiking
18 days ago

Pretty hike. Very steep! Beautiful waterfalls almost the entire way up. We stopped at the picnic grounds - someone told us there isn't much to see beyond there.

My 7yo and I had a great time! Even with so many people on the trail it was peaceful and quiet. Lots of dogs on the trail and folks were great about keeping them on leash. Was surprised to not see many birds/animals/insects. The picnic area near the end of the trail is a great place to stop for lunch and refuel for the rest of the hike. Even on a cold day, we stayed warm with all the climbing. Worth the drive to get there.

hiking
21 days ago

Beautiful trail, but if you have any knee issues this might not be the trail for you. There are a lot of very steep steps.

beautiful trail! recommend getting there early for parking. only downside was that the trail was very slippery, and with the ups and downs, that made it a bit scary.

Great hike. A bit longer than advertised right now as you have to hike a mile or so from where you park on Aptos Creek Road (the non-paved portion was inaccessible by car, I think that opens up in the summer). Clocked it around 9 miles.

It’s pretty fun with great waterfalls.

did the loop once last spring it is more like 12 miles the fall are alot better after a heavy rain

hiking
1 month ago

A beautiful hike with rewarding views. The climb up definitely feels a bit harder than moderate but it’s a much easier return. As some have noted, coming back down all the stairs and downward train can be a little rough on the joints. I’d mark it a 5-star trail if it had more regular alternation between the up and downhills.

If you’re not up for the full hike, within the first mile you’ll have seen most of the prettier landscape.

Did this loop on the way back to Stinson Beach after summiting the East Peak. Went from PanToll Ranger Station, down Steep Ravine and up the DipSea trail to return back at the PanToll Station. Certainly a fun loop, but i must say Steep Ravine is my favorite part still. The bridge that connects the DipSea Trail to the Steep Ravine leads to an insane section of stairs that doesnt break for what felt like 150 steps. And these are steep. After you summit the stairway to death it leads to a much flatter section of single track that seems to follow the hills. When i went today, it was extraordinarily misty so i could not see what laid beyond, for all i know it offers views of the ocean. However, the Steep Ravine trail has a couple set of stairs that are brutal but not deadly, and a small ladder to climb. Other than that its a beautiful steady climb following a small creek, which was flowing today and has quite a few waterfalls to check out! There are a few switchbacks, allowing you to truly check out the old ferns surrounding you. If you only get to take one of the trails, Steep Ravine is my go-to, but this loop was a fun addition to my day!

hiking
1 month ago

As others have said, it's definitely a steep climb, and I was surprised this hike was labeled as moderate (I couldn't finish and turned back around about halfway through); that said, it's one of the most beautiful hikes I've ever done in the Bay Area -- from the minute you start out you're surrounded by stunning scenery, and every few feet is another gorgeous spot to rest and breathe in the incredible atmosphere. I went fairly early (9:30am) and the trail was really quiet and empty -- on the way out around 11:30 I passed a ton of groups, so I suspect afternoons there are quite crowded. Would definitely recommend to anyone with a moderate fitness level, provided you bring lots of water and are prepared to take a lot of breaks!

Nice climb but no way is it 2.7 miles total. Closer to 5-6 miles up and back. Beautiful and green. Water just trickling right now. Need rain!

I'll admit I was unsure of the trails quality for the first half of the detoured loop, a detour because a good third of the stated loop is rendered unhike-able. Once we reached the waterfalls, though, wow. After the waterfall (moving counter-clock) you reach the trail's maximum elevation where the terrain shifts suddenly from the damp redwood covered valley floor to dry granite ridges.



Nature rocks.

Absolutely fun hike. A must for anyone with an itch for nature and to escape.

Drive up the fire road until there is a gate blocking the road, and use that parking area to save a bit of walking. The falls is absolutely beautiful; keep going, you’ll know when you get there, as you can go no further. My dog really enjoyed playing in the creek and hiking the trails without worrying about bikers. The last mile to the falls is slightly more technical terrain, very fun. When I went in mid October the falls were strong enough to stand under and cool off for the return trek.

We did this on Saturday, 9/15 and was amazing. Love it. The parking lot does get crowded, but the trails aren’t. So, it was lovely and mostly shaded.

Not much of a view. Crowded. Trees are dying and falling down. Steep and badly maintained. Go elsewhere.

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