Explore the most popular walking trails near Clayton with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

loved this trail! nice changes in elevation, beautiful views and waterfalls. there was a lot to look at and appreciate and it was a nice length that felt challenging but doable.

hiking
19 hours ago

It’s a beautiful trail, tons of wild flowers and small animals. Unfortunately one part of the trail is full of ticks!

While this is a lovely trail, but the parking access has been badly abused. Users have been very disrespectful to the neighborhood. Please access this trail from the Mitchell Canyon Gate and parking lot. The trash left behind, the blocking of driveways and numbers of cars are making it likely that permit only parking will be implemented.

Beautiful hike! Much of it was shaded, and the terrain wasn’t too difficult.

Great long hike. Don’t forget to get a pen abc $6 cash with you. You need to fill a form. They don’t have a pen there. Definitely do clockwise, start early to beat the heat. Gets pretty hot and lot of the trail is exposed. Carry lot of water. Ascending gets very slippery sometimes. Wear good shoes; and a hiking stick is recommended. The wildflowers are in full bloom and some are very fragrant. The water up at the summit is not bad. Also the visitor’s center is cool and they have a little walk through museum, which is cute. They also have water, cold drinks, ice cream for sale. On the way back is all fire roads after juniper campground. Cannot imagine doing it counter clockwise. Fun hike!!

Nice short trail added to our Grand Loop hike. It was great weather and everything is still green and blooming.
Watch for poison Oak and tickets.
My tracks are weak due to my driod acting up.

worth the afford.

I did this hike. it was awesome ha ha I did it all the way up. joe Smith on 4-28-18

hiking
16 days ago

ALTERNATE ROUTE TO MOUNT DIABLO SUMMIT. Start at the visitor center then go counter clockwise on Mitchell Canyon Road. At the fork in the road take Meridian Ranch Road. From Meridian Ranch Road take Deer Flat Road towards the Juniper Campground. At the Juniper Campground take the Juniper Trail to the lower summit parking lot. Take the Summit Trail at the other end of the parking lot to reach the Mount Diablo Summit. Take the same route back to the visitor center to complete the hike. Hike is approximately 14 miles and took me 6 hours to complete.

The Mount Diablo Park representatives are extremely friendly and helpful. I encountered one while on the trail who made sure I knew where I was going and that I had enough water. I needed about 3 liters of water mixed with Gatorade to stay properly hydrated. I encountered two sun basking rattlesnakes in the middle of the trail during the warm part of the day so beware. The scenery is beautiful with lush vegetation and absolutely incredible views of The Bay. A unique and memorable hiking experience.

Definitively, do it clockwise. Really nice trail going up but be very careful as there is a lot of poison oak along the way. I saw rabbits, hummingbirds, lizards, deer, raccoon and even a snake! Going down is most of the time a smooth ride but the trail is not as nice, as it is very wide (fire road), but despite this it is very interesting as the scenery is different then going up. Took me 5:40hours without counting the breaks.

Fantastic hike today! I did it clockwise from Juniper Campground. There are some steep parts with loose gravel on dirt that I wouldn’t want to do going downhill, so I recommend clockwise.
There were so many gorgeous wildflowers! I also saw a coyote. I added on the spur trail to the summit, since I’d never been there.
There’s a lot of poison oak. Most of the trail is wide enough that it’s easily avoided, except for the Bald Ridge section. Wear pants and long sleeves! It goes up to shoulder height.
Most of the trail is exposed, and it felt warm even though it was under 60 degrees when I started. Wouldn’t want to do this on a hot day. I’ll definitely do it again, though!

The creek was running pretty low after a dry week, but all of the flowers were blooming and it was a beautiful hike. Hiked on a sunday and were able to park on the street without a problem.

Nice hike. I think I would do it the other way around because Eagle Peak Trail has a lot of small rocks/talus for long stretches of trail that you can slip on.

Beautiful hike. Made it to the trail head (or dead end of a residential road) pretty late morning, but it was still cool enough out that we weren't boiling throughout the hike. Starts out quite mellow, would recommend doing clockwise/going left when you approach the split for the loop, contrary to how the app directs you. Despite the steep bits, little kids were still doing this trail so it's not terribly strenuous. Great views, overall would do it again!

We started at the Clayton Post Office, hiked up to the Donner Canyon Road, retured on the Back Creek Trail. This was an easy hike with lots shades and views. Total distance was 6.8 miles with 702 ft elevation gain.

The counter clockwise route is a more scenic way to start the hike and it's the route I picked. There is a good amount of incline throughout the hike, but during the first half it seems to be broken up nicely. I didn't start to get tired until we started the incline at the falls loop. The falls incline got a little annoying, probably because I expected there to be very little left and there was still a bit left until you got midway in the falls loop. The trail also gets tighter on the falls loop and sections get steeper without much grip under your feet. A walking stick would be helpful on the waterfall loop, but if you aren't too clumsy and have decent shoes you will be okay without one, although I wished I had mine for that section. There were lots of cool wildflowers and the sound of the falls were nice probably because we went late April. It was a pleasant hike just go prepared. If you are out of shape I could imagine this is a hard hike. If you are somewhat active this is definitely a moderate/hard hike depending on the weather. You don't want to do this hike on a warm day in the afternoon. The waterfalls are nice, but dont expect anything spectacular. It's just nice to hear the sound of water and see the surrounding greenery.

Good hike! Nice added hike to the Grand Loop Hike.
Nice cool day and things were green and blooming.

This was a great hike and a great time of year to do it.
Everything was still green and blooming. The marine layer kept it cool today.
We did the hike counter clockwise and added the Juniper and Summit Trail loop to it.

Completed today to accomplish a early morning hike. Truly rewarding morning experience... very pleasant and filled with greenery... Moderately difficult- doable with kids. There is section which needs more effort to climb otherwise a beautiful hike. You will walk alongside of a creek most of the time and the sound from the stream will give you a soothing effect

hiking
24 days ago

This hike is a mini version of the Mt. Diablo waterfall hike. It will save you about an hour of hiking and also eliminate the “Second” elevation climb if you are getting tired and don’t wish to complete the waterfall hike. See my review on Mt. Diablo waterfall hike for more details

hiking
25 days ago

This hike was nicer but not what a hike should be like. First 2 miles were on a dirt service road. It was pleasant to walk but not much to see the first 2 miles. ONce you get into the single track that the hike became more like a “Nature” hike. There were several nice waterfalls but nothing over 5 feet drop. The water is refreshingly cool to dip your hat in and to cool your feet. The last aspect of the hike was on a ridge coming back. The view was nice but after 15 minutes the view is the same. Definitely a hike to do in the spring or after rainfall due to the highlight of seeing little veils or waterfalls. The running streams was great to see and hear as well. Bring lots of water if you go in the summer since it gets hot in Clayton, CA. There are nice rest spots along the streams to eat lunch or snack. Please remember to carry out what you bring in.

Beautiful hike with tons of falls, especially after a rain. Take care when walking the trails with high grass in the lowlands of the mountain...countless deer ticks.

Great waterfall hike

Started counter clockwise and ended up doing a figure 8. Best to start out early, as it warmed up pretty quickly (and parking filled up by the time I left). Some parts were a bit on the steep and rocky side. All in all an excellent trail.

I did it backwards. About 1/3 of the way up, I took a wrong turn and it cost me elevation. I am in good shape, but this being my 2nd hike, it was challenging as I inched toward the summit at the end. Round trip was 14.5 miles and 4,600 elevation gain.

The views were beautiful as the wild flowers were just starting to bloom.

trailhead is 3/4th mile from parking on side of road. cannot park anywhere closer than that. great hike, easy to moderate. awesome views and lot of canopy cover. you will rarely encounter anyone on the trail. one issue we did run into was a section of the train was closed out and the only way was to go back all the way or ...
good 5 hr hike covering 14 miles

Steep hills and an awesome view on top of the mountain.

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