Waterfalls of Mount Diablo Loop Trail

MODERATE 234 reviews
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Waterfalls of Mount Diablo Loop Trail is a 6 mile loop trail located near Clayton, California that features a waterfall. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and nature trips.

DISTANCE
6.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1335 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

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.

hiking
1 month ago

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

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

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

4 months ago

Definitely going back

4 months ago

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5 months ago

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

hiking
5 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.

hiking
5 months ago

If you want a good leg workout, look no further! Completed the hike 6/25. There were no waterfalls really at this time of year but the views were fantastic. I do caution, the inclines are tedious.

hiking
6 months ago

Enjoyable hike. Some very steep descents. Quite an elevation gain as well. Would say more hard than moderate. Would recommend starting early because of heat and parking and going clockwise.

6 months ago

I would probably call this trail a moderate-hard. Some fairly steep sections. 5/29 there is still plenty of water. Temperature in Clayton was 78 degrees, which was a bit too hot for this trail (some wide road sections). Next time, I would prefer to hike counter-clockwise (West side first) to do shadiest sections at hottest time of day.

6 months ago

If you can get on this trail in the early spring time the hills are green and the waterfalls are flowing! Take a map if you can, there a few tricky spots where the trail splits off to some not so pleasant, steep declines.

hiking
6 months ago

As a novice hiker, this trail was a little more difficult for me, mainly because I hadn't expected such a rapid elevation change. Still, I made it! The falls are starting to slow down, but still offered refreshing shade a place to cool down. Will be back, maybe after some more experience so I can enjoy it more. ;)

hiking
6 months ago

This is a great trail. We hiked in the afternoon and chose to start on the Donner Canyon side -- that was a good decision... shade most of the way down. The creeks are already pretty low (late May) but great hike anyway.

hiking
7 months ago

Lots of wildflowers, hummingbirds, falls flowing nicely.. Great hike, do it soon before falls dry up. Also, lots of fun sun/no shade hiking, will be brutal in late summer.

7 months ago

Really enjoyed this beautiful trail. The waterfalls are tiny but hearing the water as you walk is nice. We went really early so the heat was not an issue.

hiking
7 months ago

An excellent trail. It wasn't too long, and the waterfalls were amazing. I am glad I was able to do it this time of year. It wasn't too hot, nor was there any mud.

hiking
7 months ago

Did this late afternoon, which was perfect, weather wise. There were a handful of people on the Falls Trail, so we were basically alone and could hear the waterfalls, creeks, and birds along the way. Middle Trail had a fair amount of poison oak, but it was pretty manageable (some trails are much worse!). Canyon views were lovely and I imagine this is a particularly beautiful place to be first thing in the morning.

7 months ago

My Garmin registered it as just over 7 miles. (I may have taken a few side trips for interesting photo ops.). Loved the variety on the trail. Nice panoramic views, one real waterfall and a bunch of short ones which you can get up close and personal with. Parts of the trail were really narrow with a nice drop off to one side. Quite a bit of shade. Enough steep inclines to give you a workout.

7 months ago

This is a great hike...I thought a bit more than moderate. The views were amazing!!!

hiking
7 months ago

Great hike, beautiful waterfalls! Not many places to sit and eat lunch. I would rate this hike as moderate.

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