Explore the most popular Waterfall 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.

hiking
3 days ago

Map is not up to date. Residents only parking on Regency dr began this month. Go to Mitchell Canyon to access the park. Tickets given out

We came at the wrong season when water all dries out.

Parking at Regency is only about 10cars. Mitchell Canyon has bathrooms, water and you support the park i which needs your money so You can hike

Great for peak training. Trail is thin and lots of poison oak so technu up!. Start early am and take water if you want to summit. You can park at end of Regency. You have to pay at Mitchell Canyon.

running
12 days ago

This is more of a hike. We had a group do a trail run here and there were very dangerous areas - extremely rocky and steep drop offs. Single track and rattler in the middle that wouldn’t budge for a while.

no dogs :(

Tough hike but great views. GPS measured 16.6 miles and 5200 elevation gain. Started around 7:30am and finished around 3, and was walking fairly briskly. That includes a few stops on peaks and an ice cream at top of Mt Diablo. Definitely start early (gets above 90 in summer and little shade) and bring at least 3L water (and refill at Mt Diablo).

Nice set of trails, but very confusing with all the offshoots. Also, not a lot of shade if you're a midday hiker like me. Very hot in late August!

hiking
23 days ago

Map is wrong. Need to start at Mitchell Canyon. This neighborhood has resident only parking and cars will be ticketed and towed. Mitchell Canyon is the official park entrance with water, bathrooms and maps

Bring lots of water and make sure you keep checking the map, it’s real easy to go off your trail

hiking
rocky
27 days ago

WARNING This trail is 10 miles long! Not 7.9. But if you bring about a gallon of water you will be good. YOU NEED A MAP! This app does very well for navigating the trail. Decent amount of shade. The 1 mile straight away at beginning and end is brutal thought. Might want to take the short cut to cut off the top half of the loop. Its summer so i saw no water. But i saw where the waterfalls would be. I saw a tarantula and some deer. Great experience. AND Bring a friend and walking sticks. Just in case.

hiking
no shade
1 month ago

running
rocky
1 month ago

hiking
off trail
1 month ago

I really enjoyed the varied levels during this hike. There was shade when I needed it and plenty of sun to require sunscreen. I was a little confused by the trail markers because they didn’t match the all trails name for where we were. I ended up going off trail because my phone was low on battery and I wasn’t looking at the map the whole time. The hike was beautiful and challenging, just what I was looking for. Next time I’ll bring my extra battery and follow the map!

hiking
1 month ago

Loved it. Definitely got sunny and the down was easy to slip at times, beautiful and not too busy.

Great day for a hike! A little hot and definitely glad we heeded the warnings to bring a lot of water. Also glad we had service and carefully followed AllTrails because we nearly took wrong turns a bunch of times. Keep a close eye on the map! No waterfalls really but still nice scenery.

Starts off simple with lots of foot traffic. But the incline is pretty intense and the altitude gain got to me a bit. Lots of unknown animal droppings, some one the large side. Not a lot of shade cover, but slightly windy which kept things cool. Very nice hike.

Nice trail. Saw lots of wild flowers and butterflies. There was water in the creek as of mid June.

It was a very nice trail, we went in summer so the waterfalls weren’t flowing as much but we still went and it was a great time, it is also better to go in the morning in my opinion

hiking
rocky
2 months ago

Make sure to wear shoes with good tread, a lot of rocky areas. Also, bring plenty of water the trail doesn’t have much tree coverage and it gets quite hot in the afternoon.

I did it this morning ( early as it is hot rapidly ) - I recommend to do it counterclockwise contrary to what is recommended - the descend from eagle peak is not fun, rocky and slippery

Trail was skinny at some points. Great trail.

hiking
no shade
2 months ago

The flowers are gone. When I come back, will have to park at Mitchell Canyon. The city has approved resident only parking and will not be able to park on Regency or Rialto dr. Better there anyway since there are bathrooms, water and maps

hiking
rocky
2 months ago

I hiked this trail today (6/16/19). It took about 4 hours to do 5 miles with a full pack as temperatures were about 80. It has spectacular views, but it is pretty steep in parts. The Donner Cabin Trail is steep, narrow and on the edge of a cliff. I was glad I had a hiking pole. I also drank about 4 liters of water. The wildflowers are almost all gone, but there were lots of lovely butterflies. This should probably be rated a hard trail.

hiking
rocky
3 months ago

This is a hard trail. At some points, path is very narrow so be careful while walking. At least half the trail is shaded and It will be better if you start early to avoid summer heat. Waterfalls are so small and little water now. Overall its a good challenging 8+ miles hike.

hiking
bugs
no shade
rocky
washed out
3 months ago

This should be a great trail in the spring. The trail when I completed it was mostly exposed in 90^+ weather and little relief throughout the entire loop. If you plan to do the trail during the summer months bring PLENTY of water and expect a 2- mile pace average. The falls were sparse despite all the rain this year. Rates as moderate but I would rate it a low difficult. Elevation gain over a short distance and exposed trails with sporadic shade being the reason. Plan to visit again winter/spring with cool weather to reassess.

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