Waterfalls of Mount Diablo Loop Trail

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Waterfalls of Mount Diablo Loop Trail is a 6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Clayton, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
6.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1335 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

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.

5 days ago

Excellent trail when water is running. One or two sections are very steep, trekking pole will come in handy for sure. Will definitely do it again in rain season! A very fun hike. Counted at least five falls, most are right by the side of the trail.

hiking
12 days ago

So... we are beginner hikers and skipped a small portion of this hike because I mistakenly brought my 3 year old. He did spectacular, but was clearly done. Anyhow, amazing hike! We will be going back most definitely. However, I would NOT call the Falls Trail portion of this hike kid friendly nor would I call it moderate. Ha. Wicked awesome though. 5 stars. Don’t underestimate this hike! It surpasses “moderate” at certain spots.

19 days ago

Not too long. Not too short. Just right.

20 days ago

More difficult than expected - not too long but quite steep in some places. Some areas were steep and slippery.

Beautiful daffodils and oak trees.

hiking
20 days ago

This is a gorgeous hike right after the rain since the water is flowing nicely, but the mud on the trails (especially the fire road portions) is crazy. I wouldn’t exactly call the waterfalls impressive, but they are definitely nice. Also, I’m surprised this hike is rated as Moderate. I have hiked the entire Appalachian Trail and I thought this hike was closer to Hard in terms of the steepness in some spots!

25 days ago

Loved this trail! I did feel there were some hard areas but as beginners we were able to get through it and we will be going back!

1 month ago

Tougher than anticipated.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful route lined with wild daffodils in January. My suggestion is to bring two liters of water, some trail mix and burrito. Then hike the route counter clockwise as to reach the waterfalls slightly over two hours. From there you can rest, eat and take in the vista. After a well deserved rest, hike back to the trailhead returning in an hour. Sit pads was my luxury item so I had something soft to sit on over the jagged rock.

hiking
1 month ago

Great winter trail when the creeks are all flowing and the sky is overcast. Got turned around a couple of times and took a tumble at one of the rocky parts where we got off the main trail. Moderate to difficult on our scale.

1 month ago

Bring hiking boots, water, snacks. Areas can get steep, and muddy. A little harder than moderate.

hiking
1 month ago

Small trickles of water at this time of year. Little muddy at the beginning and end.

hiking
1 month ago

Trail is great in most parts. Some areas are steeper than others so bring good hiking boots on this hike.

hiking
1 month ago

The creek is a trickle right now. Bring good shoes, or it may be difficult to go downhill on the steep and slippery slopes.

hiking
3 months ago

Absolutely LOVED this hike. Good friends, good trail and good times!

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful small falls post rain. Lots of mud, but only at the beginning so don't get discouraged. Totally worth it!

6 months ago

Definitely going back

6 months ago

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7 months ago

Creeks are low, this was more like a hard hike rather than moderate, bring plenty of water

hiking
7 months ago

The falls are but a trickle now yet the hike remains challenging (steep & slippery....if you've hiked it you know the slipperiest part!!). Donner Creek Rd to Heatherington Trail which meets up again at the Donner Creek/Cardinet Oaks Rd junction. Falls Trail, Middle Trail then back down Donner. Took 2 1/2 hours with about 30 minutes pause along the way.

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