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5.4 mile 8.6 kilometer loop
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 1,107' 337 m
Descent: -1,105' -337 m
High: 1,648' 502 m
Low: 542' 165 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 8% (4°)
Max Grade: 23% (13°)

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Trail shared by Miguel Vieira

This rugged and scenic hike explores the waterfalls around the headwaters of Donner Creek.

Miguel Vieira

Features River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers

Overview

Hikes on Mount Diablo are typically hot and dry, but after a winter storm, this hike rewards you with waterfalls, lush vegetation, and maybe even views of Mount Diablo's snowy summits.

Need to Know

The waterfalls on this hike are best after a series of good winter rains - but be prepared for lots of mud!

Description

From Regency Drive, work your way past the end of the road and downhill to Donner Canyon Road and turn left onto the trail. This wide multi-use trail follows Donner Creek uphill, climbing gradually through grasslands dotted with oaks and buckeyes. Several trails branch off to the left and right from Donner Canyon Road, but you'll be following until it ends.

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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May 12, 2019
Joseph Cruz
Mar 30, 2019
Lucy Norris
Got to the trailhead around 9:30. Perfect timing as it got pretty warm and a little more crowded later. All three falls active after rains.
Feb 17, 2019
E S
5.7mi
Jan 27, 2019
Shabali Dudley
Jan 21, 2019
Evelyn Wong
Jan 10, 2019
Nick Barendregt
Great post-rain hike with Rachel. Great views of waterfalls; a hidden gem in the East Bay. 5.4mi — 2h 25m
Dec 26, 2018
Gretchen Kreutz
Beautiful hike, definitely a must see after the rains - the falls were spectacular! 5.4mi
Dec 22, 2018
Joshua R
5.4mi

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