Eagle Peak Loop

HARD 98 reviews
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Eagle Peak Loop is a 7.8 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Clayton, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
7.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2165 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

The lush greenery of Mitchell Canyon leads to an invigorating climb to Eagle Peak (2,369'), a favorite of local hikers. Everybody loves to visit the summit of Mount Diablo, but many seasoned San Francisco Bay Area hikers prefer this hike to Eagle Peak via Mitchell Canyon, which takes in all the features that make Mount Diablo State Park unique. Mitchell Canyon is shady with abundant wildflowers in the spring; Eagle Peak culminates a rugged hike to jaw-dropping vistas of the East Bay and surrounding terrain. On a clear winter day you might be able to spot the snow-capped peaks of the Sierra Madre.

2 months ago

Steep and rocky in places, with long tunnels of chaparral to boot, but absolutely gorgeous views emerge to reward you.

4 months ago

loved it. very slippery rocks. wear good shoes.

hiking
4 months ago

Hard. Hot. Beautiful!!

trail running
5 months ago

Awesome run starting at Regency. 12 mile loop. Difficult rated for a reason but well worth it for the views and scenery. Not much shade. Got lost after taking a wrong turn towards the end but truly had a blast. Take plenty of water and fuel.

hiking
5 months ago

Great walk. Did it from Regency gate to get an early start. Made the summit around 8:00 a.m. Spectacular views. Walked clockwise (steep part first). Much easier on the knees. Take trekking poles. You'll be glad you did!

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful view on July 3rd. I imagine it's much better in fall and spring.
SUMMER Hike - I recommend bringing at least two liters of water for the summer hike. Even you start early (8am per published park open hours) you will still be experiencing high temperature for the second half. Be ready to sweat ALOT.
Decent - Poles and boots with traction help ! Your knees will thank you.

hiking
5 months ago

This hike was gorgeous! My friend and I didn't have any intention of going all the way to the top, but once we got to Mitchell rock, we decided it was too short and kept going. It was challenging, for sure, as its pretty steep and the way down was really tough on the knees.

The views along the way cannot be captured in pictures, they were too spectacular and absolutely worth the work!

Things I would recommend:
1. Bring snacks and water! It's about 4 miles up, you're going to need a protein bar or two!
2. A LOT of the trail is not under the shade, especially towards the top, so bring your sunscreen!
3. Make sure you have good hiking shoes or shoes w/ great grip. Hiking back down, is steep and you will definitely need the traction so you don't fall off the side of Mt Diablo
Have fun!

hiking
6 months ago

It was a Beautiful morning for a hike... definitely challenges you..

hiking
6 months ago

Twin and Eagle Peaks via Regency Neighborhood. Great way to summit Eagle Peak. The mountain is looking really healthly from the winter rains. Go early to avoid the crowds. No one going up, but coming down on the fire road I passed many groups.

hiking
6 months ago

Good short hike, with nice stretches of uphill to keep you working hard. Great view from the top. Spring is a great time of year with the flowers. If you go up and back from the east side you can stay in the shade in the afternoon.

7 months ago

It was Great, difficult but Great took us a lot longer than we thought.....our tracker tracked 8.1...I fell I'm bruised and sore.. our friend also fell she rolled over and fell a good distance she was pretty messed up Bloody and brusied.

7 months ago

Good hike while going up towards the peak (clockwise from mitchell canyon parking lot). Keeps stretching at incline but nothing that discourages you because of the views on your side. Wouldn't say it hard but more of moderate. Total time is 4 hrs with around 2.5 hrs mostly uphill. Coming down the trail got boring with no changes in scenery and easy (sometimes steep) decline in elevation.

hiking
7 months ago

If you like views, this one is great. The trail starts out going up and it keeps going up. There is one section which is level for about 250 yards, then it's back to climbing. This trail in my opinion, is the best one from the gate where waterfalls, back creek, and meridian ridge trail heads are. The trail itself is not riddled with holes, and obstacles to overcome. It's wide enough to pass without bumping. The view at the top is stunning. If you want, you can take it all the way to the summit. That adds on a few miles, which brings the total up to 11.5 miles via prospectors gap, then summit trail. My wife and I love this trail.

7 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

Hiked this with my daughter yesterday. Beautiful views and the wildflowers were amazing!

hiking
7 months ago

This is a dandy of a little hike. The wild flowers alone on this hike make it 5 stars. If you continue another 1-1.5 miles there's a great vantage point to ransom point. Overall I'd highly recommend this hike. Has everything you could ask for. Get there early to beat the crowds.

hiking
8 months ago

A bit of a climb but well worth it!!

hiking
8 months ago

We hiked this counter-clockwise beginning the muddy/steep sections. Better than descending down into the mud. The wild flowers are outrageous right now!

hiking
8 months ago

Completed a slight variation of the loop. Started at Donner Canyon road and curled around from the back creek trail to the Eagle Peaks portion. Amazing scenery from the top of the peak and diverse ascent and descent from both sides. Tired but very worth the climb!

hiking
9 months ago

I recommend doing this clockwise if you want a safer/easier decent, but you ascent will be rocky and steeper. I did this counter clockwise and it was awesome. Views were spectacular and temps in mid 40's were not bothersome, in fact all i had on was a t-shirt and shorts ( you get warm very fast). I recommend good hiking shoes and maybe a long sleeve shirt for going through bushy area of the trail. Don't need much water (idk about summer) if the creek is flowing. I preferred the creek water as it tasted better than the tap water in my hydration pack ( of course with a filter). Not an easy trail and you will be sore afterwards. Take very short breaks 1 min then hike when ascending. Longer breaks will just get you lazy. Have fun!

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