Explore the most popular wildlife 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!

Love this trail, we have done it a couple of times. Last visit 1/9/19 a day or two after rain. Small waterfalls were running. it was foggy and overcast, providing a somewhat mystical experience. Trail was not invasively muddy despite the rains. We used this trail and others in the area last winter to train for our March 2018 Machu Picchu trek.

Perfect hike! There were several waterfalls that were more impressive than i imagined! Defidently worth checking out after a few rainy days this time a year

hiking
1 day ago

Really good views ... best time to hike is after rains ... it’s cooler and greener

Chasing waterfalls! Great views, awesome sounds and some wet feet! Aside from it being very busy, it is a must hike!

Good hike but we added a few extra miles on it by going down to Stewartville and hike back on the ridge trail. Great views from the top to the east and west. 12 miles total.

hiking
9 days ago

Did this hike New Year's Day. 45° with windchill, a little too crowded for my tastes, but worth the struggle! 2.5 hours on the ascent; an hour and a half coming down. I suggest starting as early as possible. The crowds my partner and I encountered were probably due to our late morning start. Plenty of bathrooms along the route, but be aware that the summit restrooms may be out of order or locked. Lower summit has picnic tables and restrooms. Next time I will definitely stop there for a break and snacks.

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.

Great hike. If there are better views please tell me where!

Great hike, amazing views. Less traveled than many routes on Diablo. We had wind gusts up to 60 mph, which is unusual, but made it more adventurous. Would strongly recommend for someone who wants a decent workout in a relatively short hike.

A most excellent hike. 15 miles and about 3900 feet of gain. I hiked clockwise like other reviewers have suggested and glad I did. Not as rocky as I thought it would be though. Not much of a view due to clouds and fog but I was not disappointed. Only saw two other hikers. 6.5 hours with a half hour hanging out in the Visitor’s Center having lunch. Can’t wait to hike more trails in this stellar park.

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

hiking
16 days ago

Best Mt. Diablo hike! Today I experienced the strongest winds ever in my life and rain too! Very adventurous experience hiking the ridge lines and cresting the summits in the stormy conditions. Great time!

hiking
17 days ago

This is the first hike in 2019 and we loved it very much. We entered summit trail from South Gate where it connects with green valley trail. It’s 12.2 miles. Definitely challenging but rewarding at the same time.

Got here early last Sunday and it was a quiet hike up with lots of bird song. i loved the views near the top but this is more of a fire road and not a lot of diversity of terrain. Felt accomplished to the to the top in 2 hours and down in am hour and a half. I’d do it again but prefer the Mitchell Canyon ascent for variety.

Just got back into hiking before Thanksgiving and this was a great hike. Challenging; but, wasn't too overwhelming. Took a little detour to the observation center to see the view. That made it worth it. Clear day and beautiful views. Was about 34 degrees when we started. Wore layers. Should have brought gloves and something to cover my ears; but, wasn't horrible. Will definitely do this one again!!

Almost constant elevation gain at a 20-30 degree incline. Beautiful scenery and five posts along the way showing you what periods the rocks are from which is pretty cool and a good reason to stop. Saw hawks, deer, and plenty of little birds along the way. One bathroom up midway and a few on the summit.
Worth it. On a clear day you can supposedly see more land around you than any other point in the continental 48 states.
$10 state park fee to drive up to Rock City.

mountain biking
19 days ago

nice ride. Went new years day and it was brisk and windy..the wind certainly didnt help as it was blowing towards us. the grade can be kinda difficult as the horses make a mess of the trail as it dries. but we powered through..an amazing view of Mt. Diablo summit and the valley. there was a downed bridge in the beginning but its easy to navigate through. probably wont do this trail again though.

22 days ago

Great hike. Cold in winter. Bring layers and food and water. Wear sunscreen!

This was a challenging one for sure. We started out from the Mitchell Canyon Visitor Center around 10:30am and we went clockwise through Eagle Point Trail. This was the recommended route from many other reviewers, and we are so glad we took their advice. The incline to the summit was at times pretty rough with steep inclines. Especially when you're close to the summit, there were long stretches of just uphill. There is a really nice visitor center at the top for you to learn about the park's ecosystem, and pretty stunning panoramic views of the bay area. It's pretty windy and cold at the top, so dress accordingly. The route back down through the Campground Trail was, thankfully, not too rocky and not slippery, which can be really rough on your knees. It was actually a nice descend as the sun was beginning to set. By the time we got back to the visitor center it was about 5:30pm. My only minor gripe with this trail was that near the summit, you'll see that there are a bunch of cars and tourists that just made the drive up to the summit, and it just kinda takes away from the seclusion you get throughout the entire trip. Otherwise, its definitely a challenging but rewarding hike that you'll be proud to have completed. Just be prepared for it being chilly up top, bring food for the long hike, and bring head lamps just it takes longer than you expect and it gets dark.

Written by my awesome 6 year old: “mount Diablo was great. It was very high. A lot of falling in the process. My favorite thing was the nature. Like an animal. For example, a bird. It was a really good hike. I think you might love it.”

Got to the South Gate at 8:00am (there is a self check in just past the gate if the guard is not on time, but the guard showed up promptly at 8am) parked at Rock City, and had the entire mountain to myself. Did not see one hiker on the way up. The signs are worth stopping and reading, great geology lesson. When you get to the summit go to the far end (away from the tower) and there is a little trail that gives you a great view of the city on a clear day. Walk the trail around the summit, great views. Took me a little less then 3 hrs, but it's not a race, enjoy the views and climb a few rocks along the way!

Loved this hike. I thought it was more of a hard hike than moderate. The incline was pretty steep.

hiking
29 days ago

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

1 month ago

Nice hike. Steady climb to the top. Great views along the way. Lots of different plant-life. Lots of cool placards/signage to help you learn about the mountain's geology and the history of the area.

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.

1 month ago

great hiking did in 8 hours with about a 20 minute break at mount diablo peak

1 month ago

great workout did trail in 8 hours with about a 20 minute break at mount diablo peak

Great hike, was able to complete in 3 hours. Pretty challenging climb, and rewarded with gorgeous views of the area. Finding the start of the trail was a bit tough since there isn’t any service at the campground where I parked, but once on the trail the markings were easy to follow. I absolutely encourage anyone looking for a tough 8 mile hike to try this out!

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