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.
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.
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!
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!
Fun hike. The trail is well marked.
Definitely a good hike and workout to do during winters. I found the second half ( - after eagle peak )of the hike prettier than the first. Will definitely recommend hiking poles for the downhill. Very rocky and unstable. Fell down a bunch of times despite taking care.
After doing this loop a few times, my preference is doing the trail in reverse from what is recommended. The ascent up mitchell rock / eagle peak might might be harder, but I prefer it to the rocky steep descent.
Great hike with a nice rake...