Mitchell Canyon to Back Creek Trail Loop

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Mount Diablo State Park

Mitchell Canyon to Back Creek Trail Loop is a 7.7 mile loop trail located near Clayton, California that features beautiful wild flowers. The trail is rated as difficult and is primarily used for hiking and running.

Distance: 7.7 miles Elevation Gain: 2,007 feet Route Type: Loop




wild flowers


no dogs

This park is temporarily closed to vehicular access, meaning there are no parking facilities and parking on roadways is prohibited to protect public health from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Honestly the trail meh. Narrow in some parts. If it is marked as a road it'll generally be 3-4 people wide. If it marked as a trail it'll be 3-5inches (6-10cm (?)). The views are insane. You can pick out the serra's from the top. Got vertigo in a few places and that dampened the experience. Made a massive mistake, and took the road not jupiter(sp?) trailing from the summit to the camp. The road is VERY EASY GOING, but VERY LONG.

Pay for parking but bathrooms available at the parking lot

We went up Back Creek which is more narrow, rocky and steep! The fire road back down was easy on our knees! Not a ton of shade which gave us views most of our hike and the wildflowers were popping up everywhere!

Sat Nov 17 2018

Another great Diablo loop from Mitchell trail.

Sat Mar 17 2018

Great hike in the rain!

Sun Dec 17 2017

Great trail although quite steep coming down. Recommend to use poles. I use this trail to Diablo summit.

Wed Nov 22 2017

Perfection! Hard uphill trails but in shade. Choose start direction of Oak Road/ Back Creek Trail, to go home via Deer Flats for an easy descent with unproblematic footing.

Mon Jun 05 2017

Tried this loop on 6/3/2017, ~90 degrees, on a humid / scorching hot day. It's a great challenge, but this was a bit brutal due to the weather condition. Recommended on a cool winter/autumn day. I've started from the Back Creek trail, and the latter half of this trail was very steep.

9 months ago

Sat Jan 12 2019

Mon Sep 10 2018

Tue Oct 17 2017

Sun Aug 06 2017

recorded Mitchell Canyon

Sun Apr 30 2017

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