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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

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

bird watching

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. Parked at the Mitchel canyon park entrance. Its only $6 . Do not park where you can be towed on Regency Dr.

hiking
muddy
1 day ago

Great hike. Muddy in a few spots, but always able to work around. There stream fords were active but easily doable. We are slow hikers...trip from Regency Gate took us 4.5 hours.

hiking
2 days ago

Beautiful and rigorous. Map my walk app says it’s 7 miles not 5.8 and I believe it.

Very muddy after the recent rains, so I definitely recommend trekking poles and waterproof shoes. A couple of the stream crossings were difficult, and one person in our group fell in! This was a lovely hike, at the start of wildflower season, with beautiful views!

hiking
muddy
10 days ago

I would recommend this fall. Maybe just not after it has rain. Too muddy. But overall, nice waterfall n scenery. We stopped too early to have lunch but if u keep going around 5 miles, there’s some pretty good views to just sit and relax and have lunch.

hiking
17 days ago

Not bad on a good weather day. Recommend sturdy hiking shoes that are ankle high for days with recent rains. The streams get to that height to cross in order to continue on your trail. Lots of little rock debree and mud. Care must be taken on narrow and steep trail. Maps are alright but best to stick to the water sounds on the way back down the mountain to keep pace. Are the waterfalls worth the hike? Well...maybe. Not very tall waterfalls at all, but it's a peaceful trail. Go with a buddy.

hiking
20 days ago

A great hike with green hills and waterfalls in late Feb! Recommend going counterclockwise to save the fire road for the way down. Trekking poles came in handy around the waterfall portion and total distance closer to 6.4 miles.

hiking
23 days ago

A beautiful walk with several small (5-15 ft) waterfalls. We parked at Mitchell Canyon and cut over to this trail loop from there. Extremely crowded on the weekends.

hiking
26 days ago

Parked at the Mitchel canyon park entrance. Its only $6 . Do Not park where you can be towed on Regency Dr. Great hike . [ark had water and bathrooms.

hiking
muddy
27 days ago

Parked at Mitchell Canyon Rd parking lot. $6 fee. It was pretty muddy up to a certain altitude due to recent heavy rains. Streams had decent flow. It was all wet, muddy and joyful. Partly shaded which makes it a bit chilly in Feb. One good thing about the area is good cellular coverage. It says dogs are disallowed, but we saw a few!
Took us 9.5 miles back and forth to the parking area.

hiking
muddy
27 days ago

Did this trails on Sunday plus additional trail that isn’t on this map. We ended up doing a total of 8.4 miles. It was really muddy and slippery to start with from where we parked at regency drive, followed by steep climb up along the fire road (hardest climb), then strenuous ups and downs narrow trails to get to the waterfalls. Was a lot of fun to see the waterfalls and the creeks you don’t get to see during the summer. The view from the top is amazing! The hike back was again all muddy. Luckily, we can wash off the mud as we got closer to where we parked. Recommend to wear proper waterproof hiking boots in the winter as you will be crossing many creeks.

walking
muddy
28 days ago

Parking is at the Mitchel canyon park entrance. Its only $6 . Do Not park where you can be towed on Regency Dr

hiking
muddy
28 days ago

The parking will be illegal soon, Support the park, pay $6, have bathrooms and water by going to Mitchell Canyon. There is no water to wash off your mud on the residential street

hiking
muddy
28 days ago

Amazing hike!!! So many areas to enjoy waterfalls. And beautiful wild daffodils are blooming now! No snow on this trail but some snow can be seen at the summit of mt. Diablo. We got there around 9am on a Sunday and found a parking spot without much trouble but it can be crowded. Bring multiple layers! Would also recommend ankle high boots because the trail is so muddy and squelchy right now. It’s not like wet gravel, it’s like peanut butter mud that will ruin nice running shoes (lol).
We will definitely be back! :)

hiking
29 days ago

Its not a place to park , The park has an entrance at Mitchell Canyon which has bathrooms and water. You are parking in a residential neighborhood and cheating the park . I parked at the Mitchell Canyon entrance and it was much better . Who can go 5 hrs without needing a bathroom before driving home.
Cars have been ticketed and some towed because of bad parking and residents calling the police

hiking
29 days ago

Its not a place to park , The park has an entrance at Mitchell Canyon which has bathrooms and water. You are parking in a residential neighborhood and cheating the park . I parked at the Mitchell Canyon entrance and it was much better . Who can go 5 hrs without needing a bathroom before driving home.
Cars have been ticketed and some towed because of bad parking and residents calling the police

hiking
1 month ago

Hardly anyone on trail on Monday afternoon. Gorgeous big sky views with dramatically outlined trees, and snow on highest peaks of Mt Diablo. Wet slippery trail with several water crossings. Wishing for better shoes: but my running shoes did ok and held me upright. Lots of water in the falls. A few coyotes seen. The quiet beauty gives me a feeling of benediction

hiking
1 month ago

One of the best hikes in the Bay Area!

hiking
private property
1 month ago

The city has begun action on the issue that JP mentioned. It will servery limit parking on Regency( with fines) and direct you to Mitchel Canyon which has the bathrooms, picnic tables and services needed. we have enjoyed the free ride for a long time .The free parking will be almost gone so think about how to best use the official park entrance and support the Park to make it better

hiking
1 month ago

Dont park at Regency Drive. very congested, dead end street. nightmare trying to get out. no restroom or trashcans. park at Mitchell Canyon. nice lot, picnic tables, restrooms and trash cans.

Regency Gate is at the end of a subdivision and parking is limited.

hiking
1 month ago

My kind of hike - diverse scenery and beautiful waterfalls, challenging without being gone all day.
Got an early start so parking easy and not many folks on the trail. A little muddy but not too bad. i used a trekking pile for first time and this was a good hike for it at stream crossings and a few rocky bits. Would love to do this again when the wildflowers are coming out.

hiking
1 month ago

Great views and free street parking at Regency Gate, but very busy on weekends. The trail involves hopping over some streams, and it can get a bit muddy in parts after it rains, so wear sensible shoes. The first mile is pretty flat, but the second and third involve an elevation of 400-600 feet each.

hiking
1 month ago

This is not the park entrance. It's a residential street that fronts a gate, we hikers should support the park entrance at Mitchell Canyon that gas bathrooms and water rather than being cheap

hiking
1 month ago

Love this trail, we have done it a couple of times. Last visit 1/9/19 a day or two after rain. Small waterfalls were running. it was foggy and overcast, providing a somewhat mystical experience. Trail was not invasively muddy despite the rains. We used this trail and others in the area last winter to train for our March 2018 Machu Picchu trek.

hiking
1 month ago

This hike is best after a week or two of rain. But if you do go after a lot of rain, where shoes with ankle support that you don't mind caking in mud. I also brought trekking poles- not so much for steep terrain (though it does get steep), but really for steadying myself on the muddy squelchy trail. There are a couple stream crossings, so be aware that if you go during the rainy season, your feet may get wet. When I went I saw a small field of daffodils by the river- so beautiful! I know this area is known for the wild flowers in the spring and early summer- i just wonder how full the waterfalls will be at that time. I've heard the waterfalls are all dried out in the warmer months. Anyway, there are some great spots to have a snack or lunch overlooking the waterfalls. I especially recommend having lunch at the lookout over Big Springs waterfall.

hiking
1 month ago

Perfect hike! There were several waterfalls that were more impressive than i imagined! Defidently worth checking out after a few rainy days this time a year

hiking
1 month ago

Chasing waterfalls! Great views, awesome sounds and some wet feet! Aside from it being very busy, it is a must hike!

hiking
2 months ago

Delightful winter walk with fine views (and sounds) of the falls and the countryside (and Clayton) to the north. There was some mud in mid January but nothing we couldn't navigate. The hike is a mix of fire roads and single track. There are some steep slippery parts of the actual waterfall section of the trail so we recommend a hiking pole. Nonetheless, we did 8 miles in 4.5 hours with plenty of ooh-ahh stops so thought the trail was moderate for us.
We started at the Mitchell Canyon Nature Center and went counterclockwise (see https://www.alltrails.com/explore/recording/diablo-waterfall-jaunt) . This entry has a fee and the hike to the falls is longer than Regency Gate (our loop was just under 8 miles), but you get better parking, bathrooms, nature center, boot cleaning station and the satisfaction of supporting your state parks.

hiking
2 months ago

Gorgeous trail with great wildflowers, rolling green hills and waterfalls at every step.

hiking
6 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

Always great views and amazing talks

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