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Falls Trail to Back Creek Trail Loop

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Mount Diablo State Park

Falls Trail to Back Creek Trail Loop is a 8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Clayton, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and running.

Length 8.0 mi Elevation gain 1,830 ft Route type Loop
Hiking Walking Running Waterfall No dogs
Waypoints (12)
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Begin on Mitchell Canyon Road
37.9203, -121.94182
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Right on Oak Road
37.9194199, -121.9421804
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Take the second left, sharp turn to continue on Oak Road
37.91809, -121.93927
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Right on Murchio Road
37.9195892, -121.9384575
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Stay on Murchio Road past Back Creek
37.9191237, -121.9289786
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Right turn on Donner Canyon Road
37.9187428, -121.9257975
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Continue on Cardinet Oaks Road
37.9036334, -121.9197679
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Turn right on Falls trail
37.903227, -121.9154871
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Veer Right to Middle Trail
37.8994343, -121.9173539
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Turn right on Back Creek Trail
37.9039624, -121.9293854
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Veer right to continue on Meridian Ridge towards Back Creek Trail
37.9055007, -121.9265127
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This is where you loop back to Murchio, Turn left looping back
37.9185905, -121.9292092
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Caitlin Hutcherson
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I will redo this when I can hike here but yet another one where I showed up and couldn’t get in anywhere. The roads are closed leading in and there is no parking nearby. Someone else wrote that they parked at the Mitchell canyon visitor center, though it’s closed and says no parking due to covid. There is an alternate route but it says no other vehicles allowed. Looks like park rangers residences.

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Cindy Yanez
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Beautiful views . Be careful with snakes so have a stick or something but worth the hike

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LJ Bey
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Rattle snakes everywhere!!!!

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John Wright
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Love the trails, walked by a number of little waterfalls and wild turkeys and a bobcat to top it off.

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Scott Feuer
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Great hot summer evening hike. Falls are still running but not for long!

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Jesse Koklas
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loved this trail! nice changes in elevation, beautiful views and waterfalls. there was a lot to look at and appreciate and it was a nice length that felt challenging but doable.

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Gloria Hickox
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What a great hike.

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Jasper Smit
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Nathan Tsang
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I started this loop at the Mitchell Canyon Visitor Center parking lot and followed these trails: Oak Road, Bruce Lee Road, Back Creek Trail, Meridian Ridge Road, Middle trail, Falls Trail, Cardinet Oaks Road, Donner Canyon Road, Bruce Lee Road and Oak Road back to the parking lot. Total distance: 7.7 miles with 1,814 elevation gained with average speed 3 mph. It was a pleasant hike with lots waterfalls and breathtaking views.

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Peter Witte
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Jeanette Guerra
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Luke Blasi
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Felicia Grace
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Henry Leong
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Gina Knepell
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John Propersi
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Lucky Len
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Deirdre Capriglione
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Hannah Waldschmidt
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Chang Yan
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Renee Richardson
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April Cadran
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Angelo Barron
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William Timpson
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Augustine Meredeth
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justin lu
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Tina Noel
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Chris Francia
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