Waterfalls of Mount Diablo Loop Trail

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Waterfalls of Mount Diablo Loop Trail is a 5.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Clayton, California that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
5.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,430 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

paved

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

Winter and spring rains create scenic waterfalls in this hike at Mount Diablo, the East Bay's signature peak. While Mount Diablo State Park is best known for towering vistas from the mountain's twin East Bay summits, the seasonal rains that visit the San Francisco Bay Area every year create several scenic waterfalls in the mountain's rugged canyons. This hike starts out from the Regency Gate in the East Bay town of Clayton -- parking is free in the neighborhood: be polite and do not abuse the privilege.

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Always great views and amazing talks

hiking
4 months ago

Not the most scenic hike I have done. I hiked during an extreme drought, I was disappointed to find out that the waterfall were completely dried out. The last part of the trail is extremely steep, a hiking stick can really come in handy.

5 months ago

really lovely and wonderful changes of elevations and sceneries

5 months ago

Great trek for my abilities.

hiking
6 months ago

Very nice hike but be warned - Middle Trail and Back Creek trail are infested with ticks at the moment. They await on every blade of grass overhanging the trail. Proceed with caution and check for ticks often.

6 months ago

Great trail. Very steep in sections. Good workout if done quickly clockwise

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful, at this time of year the creek is a little dry but get views and still some water

hiking
6 months ago

Great views

walking
6 months ago

While this is a lovely trail, but the parking access has been badly abused. Users have been very disrespectful to the neighborhood. Please access this trail from the Mitchell Canyon Gate and parking lot. The trash left behind, the blocking of driveways and numbers of cars are making it likely that permit only parking will be implemented.

7 months ago

loved it

hiking
7 months ago

The creek was running pretty low after a dry week, but all of the flowers were blooming and it was a beautiful hike. Hiked on a sunday and were able to park on the street without a problem.

hiking
7 months ago

The counter clockwise route is a more scenic way to start the hike and it's the route I picked. There is a good amount of incline throughout the hike, but during the first half it seems to be broken up nicely. I didn't start to get tired until we started the incline at the falls loop. The falls incline got a little annoying, probably because I expected there to be very little left and there was still a bit left until you got midway in the falls loop. The trail also gets tighter on the falls loop and sections get steeper without much grip under your feet. A walking stick would be helpful on the waterfall loop, but if you aren't too clumsy and have decent shoes you will be okay without one, although I wished I had mine for that section. There were lots of cool wildflowers and the sound of the falls were nice probably because we went late April. It was a pleasant hike just go prepared. If you are out of shape I could imagine this is a hard hike. If you are somewhat active this is definitely a moderate/hard hike depending on the weather. You don't want to do this hike on a warm day in the afternoon. The waterfalls are nice, but dont expect anything spectacular. It's just nice to hear the sound of water and see the surrounding greenery.

hiking
7 months ago

This hike was nicer but not what a hike should be like. First 2 miles were on a dirt service road. It was pleasant to walk but not much to see the first 2 miles. ONce you get into the single track that the hike became more like a “Nature” hike. There were several nice waterfalls but nothing over 5 feet drop. The water is refreshingly cool to dip your hat in and to cool your feet. The last aspect of the hike was on a ridge coming back. The view was nice but after 15 minutes the view is the same. Definitely a hike to do in the spring or after rainfall due to the highlight of seeing little veils or waterfalls. The running streams was great to see and hear as well. Bring lots of water if you go in the summer since it gets hot in Clayton, CA. There are nice rest spots along the streams to eat lunch or snack. Please remember to carry out what you bring in.

7 months ago

Beautiful hike with tons of falls, especially after a rain. Take care when walking the trails with high grass in the lowlands of the mountain...countless deer ticks.

hiking
7 months ago

Great waterfall hike

hiking
7 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

Started counter clockwise and ended up doing a figure 8. Best to start out early, as it warmed up pretty quickly (and parking filled up by the time I left). Some parts were a bit on the steep and rocky side. All in all an excellent trail.

hiking
7 months ago

Longer than 6 miles, but didn’t track exactly. (Watch died mid-hike.) We went counter-clockwise. Beautiful views; definitely challenging. 1800 ft elevation gain. Our 7-year-olds made it, but frankly I’m surprised. I wouldn’t have made them go so far if I had known it was on the tough side. Took over 4 hours with a short lunch break. Pack lots of water!

hiking
7 months ago

Amazing trail with waterfalls, creeks, spectacular views. Started at Regency trailhead, Donner Canyon Road, Fall Trail, Middle Trail, and Back Creek Trail, 7.1 Miles, elevation gain 1,555 feet, moderate hike. Lot of shades and wildflowers.

hiking
7 months ago

I was mid trail just as the sun was setting. The mountains and the lighting made me feel like I was in Hawaii.

8 months ago

Beautiful trail especially after rain

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful trail during spring and specially after rain storm to see so many of these small waterfalls along this hike.

hiking
8 months ago

Great spring hike! Was longer than the posted distance, closer to 7 miles. Would probably rate it moderate instead of “hard”. We did it counterclockwise as other reviews suggested and enjoyed it. Waterfalls and wildflowers. Go early for good parking and less people.

8 months ago

Beautiful, well kept trails. No bathroom or water facilities so be prepared!

hiking
8 months ago

We decided to train on this hike filling our backpacking bags to the brim and wearing hiking boots. We went counterclockwise which was a very moderate trail. With some trekking poles, it was a great hike for beginners to feel and break into our gear. The elevation was steep so the poles were great help. Without the heavy backpack, this hike would probably be good with just some good trail shoes with traction. The waterfalls were dinky so don’t expect too much. The view of the valley was gorgeous. We went a little later in the day around 4pm and got back at 8 which sufficient light after the sunset. Watch out for poison ivy and I’ve heard there are rattlesnakes.

8 months ago

It took a bit to find the trails that actually lead you to the waterfalls, you have to look for the signs that take you the falls trail. The views and waterfalls were amazing. Wear good shoes that have good grips.

hiking
8 months ago

Gorgeous trail! The waterfalls were so beautiful and there are some spots where the views of the rolling hills are amazing. Highly recommend this.

hiking
8 months ago

Wow! Definitely a great hike! The waterfalls were awesome...a lot more water than I expected. Overall, great workout! It got pretty hot towards the end. Early morning start would’ve been much better.

hiking
8 months ago

Great scenic trail and a good workout! It was a moderate hike with beautiful views on a warm sunny day. Due to recent rain, waterfalls are flowing nicely, but they are small waterfalls. The area is very green with some wildflowers on the trail. I saw some California Poppies today, but there weren't many so I'm not sure if I' too early or in the wrong area at Mt. Diablo...

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