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Eagle Peak Loop is a 7.6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Clayton, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round.

Length 7.6 mi Elevation gain 2,198 ft Route type Loop
Hiking Nature trips Bird watching Running Views Wild flowers Wildlife Over grown Rocky No dogs
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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 Nevada.

Park hours: 8 a.m. to sunset Parking fee: $6 per vehicle at Mitchell Canyon trailhead.

Contact: 925-837-2525

Best time to go is in springtime when the wildflowers are out in full bloom, though be prepared for muddy trails if it has rained recently. Next best time is a clear day in the heart of winter a few days after a strong storm blows through. The views are astounding after a sky-cleansing rain.

Driving directions: From I-680 at Walnut Creek, take Ygnacio Valley Road to Clayton Road. Turn right on Clayton Road and right on Mitchell Canyon Road, then drive to the end. There is a ranger station there and a parking fee is required. Elevation 700'.

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Padma Subbaraman
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HikingGreat!

Can somebody please let me know how the parking is. I want to start hiking at 5:30 am to beat the heat. Where to park. Will the gates be open

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Prejeeth T
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HikingGreat!

Snakes, Tarantulas, Deer, Sunset. Return in the dark, just amplifies your experience.

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Dolan Murphy
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Super hard, bring lots of water and do not attempt in the afternoon

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Carlos Carbajal
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Kick ass!

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Jim Ridgway
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We started from the first area you can park before the lot is open. 1 mile to the trailhead. Very nice hike. Amazing views. We started at 6:15am and did the 10 miles in 4.5 hours. The big downhill at the end is tough. A lot of people seem to start the other way and take the less aggressive downhill.

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William Sullivan
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Great trail that took about 4 hours to complete. Definitely closer to 8.5 miles like others have said. Recommend starting a little earlier to beat the heat and going clockwise to get the tough parts over with first. Parking is 6$.

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Jacob Dawson
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Just a typical California trail with views of the city. Bring sunscreen and at least 3 liters of water. Extra socks and foot powder as the ground is hot.

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Tim Cerimele
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Good feeling when its done. If you do the whole loop it is a hard hike. Good boots are required especially if you do the east side up (or down) to Eagle Peak. I went the gradual way to Deer Flat, hard but open fire road type of trail but Dear Flat is cool spot to break and has a few picnic tables - I continued onto the peak, it was really challenging to get up / down / up again to Eagle Peak and then all the way down and back, but good! If you aren't down for something that's 2x-3x harder than the first run to Deer Flat then I would turn around there, head back and call it a day (you still get 7 miles in thay way). Take your time, bring lots of water.

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Akshada Rasam
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A thumbs up hike during the quarantine season as the trail is less crowded. The trail starts off with a broad fire road and ends with a very narrow trail for which I would suggest to carry trekking poles. The view changes,from amazing to awesome, at the the Murchio Gap where trails depart in every direction. Enjoy the light breezes on the return leg. If you’re planning on this one in the summers make sure you care ample amount of water as the direct sunlight and steep elevations makes one all the more dehydrated.

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Brian Pederson
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In warm weather, this is a tough one, really. It’s deserving of the “hard” rating. The climb and descent are pretty steep, as others had suggested I’d very, very, very strongly encourage trail poles. I didn’t have them and I really regret it, especially on the descent, my knees are very sore now. The primary thing at play here is the direct sun exposure- I did this in June on an average summer day with a high of 88. During the ascent the sun just beats directly on you and makes everything that much more exhausting. Anyone who isn’t highly conditioned at water conservation I’d recommend at the BARE MINIMUM to bring 2.5L of water if you’re doing this in the summer. Next time I do this I’m going to bring 4L as I hate coming close to exhausting my water. In the winter/on cooler days this hike would be a lot easier.

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R M
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This trail was great! Not a lot of shade, but lovely open views of the surrounding hillsides. We also spotted many birds. We did this as a training hike for a longer trip.

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Daniel Lao
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The hike took about 5 total hours. Parking at Mitchell canyon is recommended. It’s open during Covid times but make sure to pay the $6. I saw a park ranger dishing out a few tickets. I took a few breaks and there’s definitely little to no shade. But overall it’s a decent hike could be used for trail running. No dogs though.

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Bradley Leung
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rocky but very fun

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Mario Velasquez
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Venus At Feliciano
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Lupe Santacruz
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Highly recommend coming out here. The trail is more in the moderate side than hard.

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Bofeng Hu
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HikingRocky

Very windy

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Krista Stillmunkes
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Good hike, though difficult. It’s closer to 8.5 miles

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Dylan Taylor
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View from the top of Eagle Peak is purportedly the most expansive view distance-wise in California (except for atop Mount Diablo, of course). The snow-capped Sierras were easily spottable yesterday. We took the hike counterclockwise. Two miles on a gradual 4x4 road before the ~2,000 feet of climb begins. Second half of the hike (down from Eagle Peak to Mitchell Rock) is single-track, steep, and exceptionally rocky at times. While the trail is clearly marked, the shift between an established 4x4 road and a washed-out blaze through the vegetation might be jarring. Glad I brought poles, otherwise my knees would be pretty beat up now.

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Michael Woodley
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Gorgeous and difficult trail. We parked in the Mitchell Canyon Staging Area and went clockwise. The climb to Eagle peak is tough, but completely worth it! It was gorgeous at the top and gave really nice views of the east bay and the face of Diablo. We met some cool people along the way too which is always a plus. Just a heads up, there are some really steep sections with loose rock. We had poles, and saw other folks get through those sections without poles but I would very much recommend them. I use them on all my hikes, but if you don’t, it might be a good idea to use them in some sections. All in all, fantastic trail that was boatloads of fun.

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Michael Woodley
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Had to turn back a little after twin peaks due to stomach issues, but I will be back to finish this beast of a hike! My butt definitely got kicked today haha.

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Sasha Strambler
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HikingOver grownRocky

Don’t take the trail clockwise take it counterclockwise 5 miles into it closewise it gets way to steep to hike down . I fell and slipped so many times . Plus it’s better to go straight up hill first then go gradually down hill then to gradually go uphill and have a steep down hill

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chris murrell
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Good moderate to hard hike. It’s 8.1 miles though not 7.6. I don’t see hiking poles as optional here though. Proper shoes and poles are a smart persons choice. Recommend clockwise eagle peak trail to Mitchell Canyon. Nice steep rocky workout going up with moderate to steep fire road descent. October is tarantula season and we saw two.

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