Donner Creek Trail

MODERATE
#1 of 1 trails in Clayton Park
Donner Creek Trail is a 5.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Clayton, CA that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.

5.5 miles 1043 feet Loop
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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.

Ale Flo
17 days ago

1 Completed2 Reviews

Nice, but dry not much water when I went there.

Denise Easterling
27 days ago

3 Completed2 Reviews

Beautiful!

Adrianna Cendejas
27 days ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

beautiful! and right in my backyard, can't believe I haven't been here sooner. Was a pretty easy hike overall, there are some steep parts but nothing serious. I did the 5.4 mile loop, so worth it, the waterfalls made for such a peaceful scene. Views were awesome. This hike is best now! Spring, after any rain! If you don't want to make the drive to Marin County but desire some waterfalls, fern near water, wildflowers, butterflies, birds chirping, and possible wildlife sighting (saw deer omw back down) come here. Took me about 3 hours to complete. Loved it.

Shereen Farooq
28 days ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Hiking there was so beautiful. I loved the noises of the waterfalls and birds everywhere.

Glenn H.
1 month ago

Definitely 5 star in the spring when the flowers are out and there is water in the creek.

Claire Jackson
1 month ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Stephanie Zhou
1 month ago

2 Completed2 Reviews

Very nice trail along a spring. Love to hear the soothing running water sound. Lots of shaded area so I don't get too much sunburn. Not too many people is also good for us.

Ryan Kirwan
2 months ago

2 Completed4 Reviews

Great day hike. Like the description says, best after a few days after rain as the trails get pretty muddy/sluggish. To get up to the waterfalls, mostly uphill. great single tracks (for joggers watch out around corners as horse back riders utilize trails as well). Enjoy!

Jordan G.
2 months ago

Bras Simkin
2 months ago

1 Completed2 Reviews

Poison on trail edge all over.

Bras Simkin
2 months ago

1 Completed2 Reviews

Great hike. Was told to go counter clockwise on loop. First 1.5 is steep. Flours blooming.

Lorena Aguilar
2 months ago

2 Completed2 Reviews

We did it twice in February...very challenging....first time hiking for me...beautiful and rewarding.....got me motivated

Rachel K.
4 months ago

Kristen Chinn
4 months ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Beautiful !! Challenging with lots of climbs but rewarding views and sense of accomplishment , well worth it!! Needed hats and gloves , will come better prepared next time!

Valerie Segura-Fischer
6 months ago

2 Completed2 Reviews

for first-time hikers. it was alittle harder then we expected. but we did it!

Jessica Lawrence
6 months ago

2 Completed1 Reviews

Brett McCullock
7 months ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Cindy C.
8 months ago

Paul O
8 months ago

15 Completed1 Reviews

Hiked up to Mt. Diablo Falls.. bone dry. Beware of tarantulas. I came across 2 near the Falls site.

Ale Flo
11 months ago

1 Completed2 Reviews