Mount Diablo Falls Loop
ElevationAscent: 1,107' 337 m
Descent: -1,105' -337 m
High: 1,648' 502 m
Low: 542' 165 m
GradeAvg Grade: 8% (4°)
Max Grade: 23% (13°)
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“This rugged and scenic hike explores the waterfalls around the headwaters of Donner Creek.”— Miguel Vieira
At about a mile, the trail becomes steeper and the landscape changes to steep hills cloaked by chaparral. Climb for another half mile to the end of Donner Canyon Road at Meridian Ridge Fire Road.
Turn right on Meridian Ridge Fire Road. Shortly after that, turn left on the singletrack Middle Trail. The Middle Trail continues the climb through the chaparral for another half mile, where it splits at a junction with the Falls Trail.
Turn left onto the Falls Trail. The Falls Trail is narrow and winding, climbing up and down on its visit to three waterfalls before leveling off and descending to Cardinet Oaks Road.
Turn left on Cardinet Oaks Road. At the junction with Donner Canyon Road, turn right and head downhill back to the starting point of the hike.
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Land Manager: California State Parks - Mount Diablo State Park