Explore the most popular kid friendly 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.

While this is a lovely trail, but the parking access has been badly abused. Users have been very disrespectful to the neighborhood. Please access this trail from the Mitchell Canyon Gate and parking lot. The trash left behind, the blocking of driveways and numbers of cars are making it likely that permit only parking will be implemented.

Nice short trail added to our Grand Loop hike. It was great weather and everything is still green and blooming.
Watch for poison Oak and tickets.
My tracks are weak due to my driod acting up.

The creek was running pretty low after a dry week, but all of the flowers were blooming and it was a beautiful hike. Hiked on a sunday and were able to park on the street without a problem.

Nice hike. I think I would do it the other way around because Eagle Peak Trail has a lot of small rocks/talus for long stretches of trail that you can slip on.

The counter clockwise route is a more scenic way to start the hike and it's the route I picked. There is a good amount of incline throughout the hike, but during the first half it seems to be broken up nicely. I didn't start to get tired until we started the incline at the falls loop. The falls incline got a little annoying, probably because I expected there to be very little left and there was still a bit left until you got midway in the falls loop. The trail also gets tighter on the falls loop and sections get steeper without much grip under your feet. A walking stick would be helpful on the waterfall loop, but if you aren't too clumsy and have decent shoes you will be okay without one, although I wished I had mine for that section. There were lots of cool wildflowers and the sound of the falls were nice probably because we went late April. It was a pleasant hike just go prepared. If you are out of shape I could imagine this is a hard hike. If you are somewhat active this is definitely a moderate/hard hike depending on the weather. You don't want to do this hike on a warm day in the afternoon. The waterfalls are nice, but dont expect anything spectacular. It's just nice to hear the sound of water and see the surrounding greenery.

Good hike! Nice added hike to the Grand Loop Hike.
Nice cool day and things were green and blooming.

25 days ago

This hike was nicer but not what a hike should be like. First 2 miles were on a dirt service road. It was pleasant to walk but not much to see the first 2 miles. ONce you get into the single track that the hike became more like a “Nature” hike. There were several nice waterfalls but nothing over 5 feet drop. The water is refreshingly cool to dip your hat in and to cool your feet. The last aspect of the hike was on a ridge coming back. The view was nice but after 15 minutes the view is the same. Definitely a hike to do in the spring or after rainfall due to the highlight of seeing little veils or waterfalls. The running streams was great to see and hear as well. Bring lots of water if you go in the summer since it gets hot in Clayton, CA. There are nice rest spots along the streams to eat lunch or snack. Please remember to carry out what you bring in.

Beautiful hike with tons of falls, especially after a rain. Take care when walking the trails with high grass in the lowlands of the mountain...countless deer ticks.

Great trail to do with kids. There were a lot of little creeks in the middle.

Great waterfall hike

Started counter clockwise and ended up doing a figure 8. Best to start out early, as it warmed up pretty quickly (and parking filled up by the time I left). Some parts were a bit on the steep and rocky side. All in all an excellent trail.

Longer than 6 miles, but didn’t track exactly. (Watch died mid-hike.) We went counter-clockwise. Beautiful views; definitely challenging. 1800 ft elevation gain. Our 7-year-olds made it, but frankly I’m surprised. I wouldn’t have made them go so far if I had known it was on the tough side. Took over 4 hours with a short lunch break. Pack lots of water!

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.

I was mid trail just as the sun was setting. The mountains and the lighting made me feel like I was in Hawaii.

Beautiful trail especially after rain

Beautiful trail during spring and specially after rain storm to see so many of these small waterfalls along this hike.

This was an easy to moderate hike with some incline, but overall not too strenuous and accessible for most hikers and ability levels. There is parking at the trailhead, and the path is clearly marked. I’d recommend including a visit to the summit and visitor center once you’re up there. There is an observation deck that offers great views and a small museum. It was chilly and windy when I ascended mid April but much of the trail is in sun so it evened out temperature wise. Spring seemed like a nice time to do the climb as everything was very green and scenic. FYI there is a fee to enter Mt Diablo State Park so be prepared for that.

Great spring hike! Was longer than the posted distance, closer to 7 miles. Would probably rate it moderate instead of “hard”. We did it counterclockwise as other reviews suggested and enjoyed it. Waterfalls and wildflowers. Go early for good parking and less people.

Beautiful, well kept trails. No bathroom or water facilities so be prepared!

1 month 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

1 month ago

This is a very easy trail that is worth the walk.
The views are great. The North side is paved side walk.

It took a bit to find the trails that actually lead you to the waterfalls, you have to look for the signs that take you the falls trail. The views and waterfalls were amazing. Wear good shoes that have good grips.

1 month ago

Gorgeous trail! The waterfalls were so beautiful and there are some spots where the views of the rolling hills are amazing. Highly recommend this.

Wow! Definitely a great hike! The waterfalls were awesome...a lot more water than I expected. Overall, great workout! It got pretty hot towards the end. Early morning start would’ve been much better.

Great scenic trail and a good workout! It was a moderate hike with beautiful views on a warm sunny day. Due to recent rain, waterfalls are flowing nicely, but they are small waterfalls. The area is very green with some wildflowers on the trail. I saw some California Poppies today, but there weren't many so I'm not sure if I' too early or in the wrong area at Mt. Diablo...

Loved this hike
Super fun

Very moderate trail if done counterclockwise. Beautiful views, but “waterfalls” are very small.

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