Donner Creek Loop Trail

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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
1322 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

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.

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

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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.

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