Donner Creek Loop Trail

MODERATE 261 reviews
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Donner Creek Loop Trail is a 5.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Clayton, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
5.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1033 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

no dogs

Beautiful hike along creek, multiple cascades, mountain views. This loop trail is a great short hike that allows you to escape into the wilderness for a few hours. Donner Creek Falls consists of a series of four separate cascades falling off the peaks of Diablo. During the winter months and after a good rain, the waterfalls are rather impressive. From the parking area, walk along Donner Canyon Rd to Hetherington Loop (1.0 mi). After about 1.8 miles, turn left at the Cardinet Oaks Rd., and follow this road across Donner Creek and up a steep section to a junction with the Falls Trail on the right. This trail leads down to the falls on Donner Creek and continues on to the Middle Trail, which then loops back down to the Donner Canyon Rd.

24 days ago

Awesome hike with my family! We weren’t expecting steep uphill and downhill segments but that made it all the more satisfying. There are a few points where the trail has been repaved for ease but we took the normal parts which added an extra taste of adventure!

hiking
1 month ago

It was an amazing hike with some great elevation. Decided to turn it into a trail run and did a 15k. Would def go back and explore more with more time to spare.

1 month ago

Very lovely climbs, views and paths except for Falls Trail . That trail is hard scramble and seems to disappear over boulders. Use this trail with a GPS app to stay oriented!

3 months ago

Cbvucvdi

hiking
4 months ago

challenging and enjoyable

hiking
5 months ago

Great Trek! Hiked it with our 4.5 and 2.5 year old kids...rigorous workout as my wife and I had them on our backs for 6 miles and took 3 hours. If your looking for a good workout and your kids are that age Go For It, if not then leave the kiddos at home.

6 months ago

Great hike. Look for the indian grinding stone at the beginning of the Hetherington Loop Trail. very cool history.

hiking
7 months ago

I ended up stumbling onto the waterfalls by accident after getting lost on the Bruce Lee trail.
Had I known about this app then, I would have not had to go 2 miles in the wrong direction.
The incline is seriously straight up. I ended up going around on some tiny, rarely used trail with lots of obstacles to be cleared and a ton of mostly harmless wildlife. The bad part was that I had to then hike down the incline on my way back. I nearly tumbled down the hill twice. Wear thick pants or jeans and long sleeves.

hiking
7 months ago

Awesome hike!! The incline was for sure a challenge. My girlfriend and I intended on doing the full loop, but decided to take "falls trail" which led us to the waterfall and lots of beautiful creeks. There were so many beautiful things to see. we were lucky enough to even spot a deer. There was lots of poison oak, but we were able to get through it with no problem. feet got a little wet, so be sure to not wear shoes you don't mind messing up. hiking boots would for sure help you out a lot on this trail. Flowers were blooming, we saw lots of butterflies, ladybugs, caterpillars, & turkeys. You are going to love this hike!! We will be back again. This app was a HUGE help along the way. The app found our location and navigated us through the trail. when ever we got off track, we were able to see it on the map.

hiking
7 months ago

Wonderful hike. Moderate is good rating. Flowers in bloom right now are amazing. Falls are pretty but not flowing as strong anymore from spring rains. I would have liked to have a hiking stick in several places.

hiking
7 months ago

Good trail! Man that incline was no joke nor were the narrow trail at some point! Those views though are definitely worth it! The water falls/ streams were great and provided cool water to cool off with! Will definitely do this again!

hiking
7 months ago

That hill though! This is my favorite road/trail for a quick, intense climb. Easy to loop around to Mitchell Canyon for some added miles. Wide fire road mainly (meaning there are no snakes hiding in the grass or on the rocks!!), The Falls Trail however is very narrow, rocky and slippery. When the falls are going they are worth every slippery step!

8 months ago

So beautiful. Moderate to hard. Great views. Flowers water peace!

8 months ago

Very enjoyable mid-May, my 9 years old daughter was able to do it, pathways sometimes very narrow, but perfect overall.

8 months ago

Nice views and wildflower, waterfall is nice! Make sure to turn on GPS - easy to get off the trail into other trails.

hiking
9 months ago

I didn't get to the falls but the hike was amazing!!I saw plenty of animals and met wonderful people along the trail.. I am going back so I can make it to the falls! I did a total of 4 miles

hiking
9 months ago

A lot longer than expected to complete, beautiful views and scenery. Wear good comfortable shoes and bring a lot of water. Great hike.

hiking
9 months ago

this was a great hike. lots of scenery and awesome people on the trails.

hiking
9 months ago

beautiful hike. a bit mucky at the start, but all do-able. everything is nice and green and many plants are blooming.

hiking
9 months ago

A fun but tough hike! Beautiful scenery and the waterfalls are in full gear! Thankful for my AllTrails map, or we would have gotten lost a few times! Loved the wildflowers that are in bloom

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