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Best trails in Clayton

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Looking for a great trail near Clayton, California? AllTrails has 57 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking 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 San Bruno Mountain State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Lafayette Reservoir Recreation Area or San Pedro Valley County Park. Ready for some activity? There are 29 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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Map of trails in Clayton
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#1 - Donner Creek Loop Trail
Mount Diablo State Park
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Length: 5.1 mi • Est. 2 h 50 m
Please note that parking at the trailhead is for residents only and you may get a ticket. Paid parking is available at the nearby Mitchell Canyon Visitor Center for $6. Beautiful hike along creek, multiple cascades, mountain views. This loop trail is a great short hike that allows you to escape into the wilderness for a few hours. Donner Creek Falls consists of a series of four separate cascades falling off the peaks of Diablo. During the winter months and after a good rain, the waterfalls are rather impressive. From the parking area, walk along Donner Canyon Rd to Hetherington Loop (1.0 mi). After about 1.8 miles, turn left at the Cardinet Oaks Rd., and follow this road across Donner Creek and up a steep section to a junction with the Falls Trail on the right. This trail leads down to the falls on Donner Creek and continues on to the Middle Trail, which then loops back down to the Donner Canyon Rd. Show more
#2 - Waterfalls of Mount Diablo Loop
Mount Diablo State Park
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Length: 7.9 mi • Est. 4 h 20 m
Note: This hike has two starting points. This route follows the trail's alternative trailhead off of Mitchell Canyon Road. The main trailhead begins at the end of Regency Drive and Mountaire Parkway. Limited parking is available on Regency Drive. Parking at Regency Drive is for residents only and you may get a ticket. Paid parking is available at Mitchell Canyon Visitor Center for $6. 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.Show more
#3 - Mount Diablo Grand Loop Trail
Mount Diablo State Park
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Length: 6.8 mi • Est. 3 h 58 m
The Grand Loop offers a bird's-eye view of the Bay Area, and sometimes glimpses far beyond, of the Farallon Islands, Mount Lassen, the Sierra Nevada, and the Santa Cruz Mountains. It's also a a hotspot for wildflowers in the spring. Show more
#4 - Mitchell Creek to Diablo Summit
Mount Diablo State Park
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Length: 13.1 mi • Est. 7 h 42 m
Please note that the visitor center is currently closed due to COVID-19. This is a difficult yet rewarding hike to the summit of Mt. Diablo. Be prepared for lots of elevation change and hot temperatures. Begin at the Mitchell Canyon Staging Area and take Mitchell Canyon Trail to Meridian Ridge Trail, Juniper Trail , and finally to the Summit Trail. Parking is $6 per car and you pay just before entering at a kiosk. Restrooms and a visitor center are available at the trailhead. The parking lot opens at 8 A.M and is accessible until sunset.Show more
#5 - Eagle Peak Loop
Mount Diablo State Park
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Length: 7.6 mi • Est. 4 h 33 m
The lush greenery of Mitchell Canyon leads to an invigorating climb to Eagle Peak (2,369'), a favorite of local hikers. Everybody loves to visit the summit of Mount Diablo, but many seasoned San Francisco Bay Area hikers prefer this hike to Eagle Peak via Mitchell Canyon, which takes in all the features that make Mount Diablo State Park unique. Mitchell Canyon is shady with abundant wildflowers in the spring; Eagle Peak culminates a rugged hike to jaw-dropping vistas of the East Bay and surrounding terrain. On a clear winter day you might be able to spot the snow-capped peaks of the Sierra Nevada.Show more
#6 - Juniper Trail
Mount Diablo State Park
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Length: 1.9 mi • Est. 1 h 15 m
#7 - Back Canyon
Mount Diablo State Park
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Length: 5.9 mi • Est. 3 h 12 m
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#8 - 6 Peaks Loop
Mount Diablo State Park
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Length: 16.7 mi • Est. 9 h 43 m
Mitchell Canyon Visitor Center $6.00 parking Difficult and challenging loop trail primarily on single track with lots of elevation change. Bag 6 peaks in a day (about 10 hours comfortable hiking speed); Mount Olympia, North Peak, Mt. Diablo Summit, Eagle Peak, Twin Peaks, and Mitchell Rock. Bring lots of water and plan on refilling at the picnic area/parking lot right below Mt. Diablo Summit. Excellent loop trail to experience the mountain. Please note: California State Parks has reopened all of the state park units affected by the recent wildfires and public safety power shutoffs. A few may have limited services. However, situations can change rapidly with the threat of future wildfires and PSPS. Please consult the park's website before visiting.Show more
#9 - Mitchell Canyon Road to Eagle Peak
Mount Diablo State Park
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Length: 7.4 mi • Est. 4 h 26 m
#10 - Mount Diablo Summit via Mitchell Canyon Loop
Mount Diablo State Park
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Length: 13 mi • Est. 7 h 49 m
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