Looking for a great trail near Clayton, California? AllTrails has 57 great hiking trails, trail running trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Mount Diablo State Park or Angel Island State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Lydia Lane Park or City Park. Ready for some activity? There are 28 moderate trails in Clayton ranging from 1.9 to 13.3 miles and from 252 to 3,825 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!



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Going down meridian ridge trail was steep and direct. Not the nicest part for running, but sick view the whole time at least!

I rucked it withy gf (me with 35lbs, her with 25 lbs). Some of the most challenging terrain I've experienced in the Bay.

Great day for a hike! A little hot and definitely glad we heeded the warnings to bring a lot of water. Also glad we had service and carefully followed AllTrails because we nearly took wrong turns a bunch of times. Keep a close eye on the map! No waterfalls really but still nice scenery.

It was good one section, Buckeye Ravine was a bit steeper then expected but over all had a great time.

Starts off simple with lots of foot traffic. But the incline is pretty intense and the altitude gain got to me a bit. Lots of unknown animal droppings, some one the large side. Not a lot of shade cover, but slightly windy which kept things cool. Very nice hike.

We went the clockwise direction, started at 830am and finished at 330pm with a short break at the summit. Quite the hike! Some nice views. Definitely a good workout and our legs will be feeling it tomorrow. The grade was quite steep on the way up, not for the inexperienced hiker. Glad we went clockwise so that we could take the fire road down but it was quite hot and didn’t offer a lot of shade. Highly recommend Sunscreen, 5L of water, and ample snacks. Also: we clocked closer to 16 miles.

7 days ago

Recommend starting right by the Mitchell Canyon Visitor Center and using the map/trail instruction sheet they provide, makes for very easy navigation. folks on iPhone maps looked lost. $6 parking, bring exact $6 (no change, just an envelope you fill out). Challenging first half - steep climbs for the first 6.5 miles or so. Not horrible but definitely challenging. Started at noon, enjoyed the afternoon cool winds during the second half of the hike coming down from the Summit. Took 6 hours with 30 minutes of rest at various points of the initial climb. Great workout and diverse terrain with fantastic views.

Nice trail. Saw lots of wild flowers and butterflies. There was water in the creek as of mid June.

It was a very nice trail, we went in summer so the waterfalls weren’t flowing as much but we still went and it was a great time, it is also better to go in the morning in my opinion

Differently not a summer time hike; take lots of water! Differently underestimated this hike. Slow going into the hike, but differently has some challenging hills.

14 days ago

Awesome views, but my body hurts after that incline! Lol.

Very hot trail. It would be best to start this early if doing in during the summer months. This trail is no joke so get ready to work your butt off!

Very hot and fairly steep; not much in the way of scenery until you reach the last half of the summit. Good views at the top. Bring binoculars!

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21 days ago

Overall beautiful views! I’d go up the East Trail since it’s super rocky and that path is more narrow, safer to go up than down. Definitely watch out for the poison oak, jus wear long clothes, you’ll be fine. Mostly direct sunlight with patches of shade. Again, gorgeous view. Next time I’ll take East Trail up.

Great hike! A couple of friends and I went counterclockwise on the hike and we loved all of the views, it was a great workout and definitely plan on going again

21 days ago

Make sure to wear shoes with good tread, a lot of rocky areas. Also, bring plenty of water the trail doesn’t have much tree coverage and it gets quite hot in the afternoon.

as others have said, do the hike up the Juniper trail first (clockwise on the loop). The climb to the lower summit has more shade on that side for the ca. 1000 foot climb this hike starts off with. The summit trail is 99.9% unshaded and was much better for the walk down the mountain. The benefits of an exposed trail is that the view is incredible.

I did it this morning ( early as it is hot rapidly ) - I recommend to do it counterclockwise contrary to what is recommended - the descend from eagle peak is not fun, rocky and slippery

Good moderate trail! Steep to start, no wild flowers

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23 days ago

24 days ago

Great hike.. Just need to wear proper shoes next time and drink more water. It was a moderate hike for me.. Will go back in the fall when the weather is cooler.

25 days ago

An excellent trail for beginners and moderate hikers. It’s a single lane trail and easy to follow. It could be hard or moderate depending on the direction you take it. I took Donnie Creek road up and towards the meridian ridge road, and then cut across the meridian point trail and entered the back creek trail from the top. So, it was downhill. And a decent amount of shade. Still bring water!! Happy trails!

Fantastic training hike. Wasn’t too hot, and some great views from the top (including a fire in Pittsburg). Highly recommend you do it clockwise to have it easier on the knees on descent. Also recommend you take a detour to avoid the Bald Ridge Trail by taking the Meridian Road to the Prospector’s Gap Rd after coming down off Eagle’s Peak - the Bald Ridge trail is extremely narrow with lots of poison oak and not great trail conditions.

Great training hike in the East Bay as we prepare for Mount Whitney next month. We went the clockwise direction on this loop and so glad we did. We took care of the steep section the first 6.5 miles up to the summit, and then had the wide, dirt fire trail the entire backside down. It’s definitely a treat going down the dirt fire trail when your legs are fatigued. It took us just over 6 hours to complete the 14 miles we recorded. There are lots of alternate routes and splits in the trail, so the AllTrails gps is a must. Went through 120 ounces of water along the way, but there is water and bathrooms at the summit if you need to fill back up.

Completed a version of this trek yesterday. I went up Eagle Peak trail and came down Mitchell Canyon. Going up was awesome. I wouldn’t come back down M.C. again though. Very little... and I mean very little views on Mitchell Canyon. I’ll do a figure 8 next time; intersecting at Eagle Peak/Bald Ridge & Meridian Ridge/Back Creek. Still lots of wild flowers and animals running around. Saw deer, turkey, rabbits, squirrels, lots of birds and a little snake. Saw no one on the way up, but a few hikers and bikers on the way down. Another reason to stay off Mitchell Canyon.

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