Explore the most popular horseback riding trails in Mount Diablo State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Great hike! 3hours at a higher elevation. We went the day after heavy rainfall so it was muddy at the start. the waterfalls were gorgeous!

hiking
29 days ago

Lots of hills, cows and views! Mostly wide roads except for the “secret feeling” portion through the woods.

Wow! Great trail! I added on Foothills Trail to bring the hike in at 8.3 miles. Love all the rock formations, streams, woods and rolling hills! After more rain, should see a waterfall too! I didn’t feel that it was a hard trail, definitely moderate but not hard.

Just a little strenuous and good views. Usually not too crowded.

Amazing in the winter with rain and fog. I expected it to be a bit tougher but maybe with the heat of spring or summer it earns that hard rating. I’d highly recommend doing it on an overcast day like today though.

hiking
2 months ago

Absolutely beautiful hike! I will definitely be back in early spring to see the creek in action as well as the waterfalls and wildflowers.

This trail has it all - wonderful views, awesome gnarly trees, manzanitas, rocky creek bed, and beautiful Mount Diablo. I would classify this as an arduous ascent up the mountain for the first half although, to be fair I haven't hiked in a while so maybe it felt more intense for me then for those who hike regularly.

Great hiking particularly in early spring and fall.

simple pastoral trail typical of the East Bay hills. nothing particularly impressive. the day was beautiful and clear skies made for a picturesque hike.

hiking
3 months ago

Very nice and quiet hike with hardly any traffic. Took about 3 hours at a reasonable pace with a few stops. Great views! Some areas have moderate+ gradient, especially around the Falls Trail loop. Better to go clockwise around this loop. The creek and waterfalls were all dry. Be prepared with hat, sunscreen, and plenty of water since it was a hot 90 degrees by mid-afternoon.

it was a nice family hike. challenging in a few areas. we never found the water fall :(
but it was a beautiful view

4 months ago

I actually don't know about this hike. I attempted to do it and decided to use the feature in the app of getting directions to the trailhead. Because I have never been to My Diablo I trusted I would end up at the trailhead. The app took me to the east side of the My Diablo to some almost unseen openings in the fence to access fire roads, etc. Just want to inform anyone that they may not end up at the trailhead. I would like to try and do the actual hike someday.

Don't be like us - check the weather beforehand so you don't end up hiking here when it's 100° outside

Great hike. Highest place I’ve gotten to in my backyard

This should not be rated as hard. I've done moderate rated trails that were harder than this. Fire roads mostly, but once you get to Little Yosemite, then you have some single track. The huffer and puffer was Buckeye Ravine Trail - if you follow the written directions. That will get your heart pumping for sure.
I saw some turkeys and deer very early on in my hike. You are in the sun for a lot of this trail, so plan accordingly.

There were way too many bicycles and horses on this trail for my liking. I'd do it again when the hills are green, but only during the work week, not on a holiday or weekend. Between the cow and horse poop, all you do is keep your eyes glued to the trail to step over it. Perhaps that is why the trail is rated hard.

hiking
6 months ago

By far my favorite trail this year. I took the Hetherington Loop both ways to get off the fire road a bit. No real waterfalls left, but the creek was still moving a little bit. I stood beside it and it reminded me of the Calm app. Even with the shade, it heats up quickly, so take lots of water and start early. I finished at 11 AM and was sweating pretty good.

I did the loop clockwise as others suggested. Wonderful views as you start ascent. Love getting off the fire road and onto single track. I saw a doe with her two youngsters, turkeys, and lots of lizards. There were some loud talkers and bicyclists early on, but once you get off the main trails, it quiets down a lot.

It’s a challenge on a hot day.

hiking
7 months ago

Really beautiful hike. I took the the Hetherton Loop up and back to avoid the Donner Creek fire road.
6.1 miles out and back.
1200 elevation gain. Moderate with some tough rocky steep areas.
Best I feel in spring or after a rain and not too muddy.
Will definitely do again.

I love it! Lots of shade and the trails are beautiful.

i gritty hike and some decent formations to view. the hike has two tough sections - near mt. olympia and new the summit. overall it can be a moderate for a pro to hard for occassional hiker. the summit and the ridge trail after my olympia can be windy. it can be a good training ground for longer hikes.

mountain biking
7 months ago

Hard if you are not in shape but the trail is in very good shape. Enjoyed the views!!

Some great views but whomever made the markings of this trail did a terrible job, it was very confusing. Also, I don’t think it was very difficult, not sure while it is labeled that way.
IF we went through the proper trail, started at Juniper trail then you have to hop on a couple of trails (forgetting the names of them now but luckily a park ranger helped us figure out where to go) then you go down to back out to the road and there is one tiny little sign that shows it’s the North Peak trail but then there is no other signs after that... you just keep going. Once we got to the top there was building of some kind off to the side and we walked around that and there is a nice Peak, it sure if that was North Peak... but like I said the red lines that show you how to get to the trail were terrible and confusing!!

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful hike! Much of it was shaded, and the terrain wasn’t too difficult.

8 months ago

So beautiful!! Bring a lot of water and go early. A lot of trails and mostly uphill. Walking stick would be useful. Watch for rattlesnakes we saw one on the trail and even saw a baby scorpion!

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful hike. Made it to the trail head (or dead end of a residential road) pretty late morning, but it was still cool enough out that we weren't boiling throughout the hike. Starts out quite mellow, would recommend doing clockwise/going left when you approach the split for the loop, contrary to how the app directs you. Despite the steep bits, little kids were still doing this trail so it's not terribly strenuous. Great views, overall would do it again!

hiking
8 months ago

Completed today to accomplish a early morning hike. Truly rewarding morning experience... very pleasant and filled with greenery... Moderately difficult- doable with kids. There is section which needs more effort to climb otherwise a beautiful hike. You will walk alongside of a creek most of the time and the sound from the stream will give you a soothing effect

hiking
8 months ago

This hike is a mini version of the Mt. Diablo waterfall hike. It will save you about an hour of hiking and also eliminate the “Second” elevation climb if you are getting tired and don’t wish to complete the waterfall hike. See my review on Mt. Diablo waterfall hike for more details

Such a beautiful hike! My favorite hike in the area! So much to see on this trail! Heard bullfrogs, tons of birds, saw beautiful wild flowers, and wild turkey. The rushing of the water sounds on your right is amazing. Passing through watery paths were pleasantly unexpected. Bring good shoes or hiking bits because of the water and mud. You will not be bored!

Amazing trail with waterfalls, creeks, spectacular views. Started at Regency trailhead, Donner Canyon Road, Fall Trail, Middle Trail, and Back Creek Trail, 7.1 Miles, elevation gain 1,555 feet, moderate hike. Lot of shades and wildflowers.

Did this hike both in winter and spring when I lived close...

hiking
9 months ago

First mile (and last mile) really muddy - but loved the hike - great workout for the first 2+ miles and amazing views. Needed to cross 3 very small streams so shoes got a little wet

Fantastic, lots of wildflowers, waterfalls, and soooo green.

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