Donner Creek Trail

#1 of 1 trails in Mt Diablo Park
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.

5.45 miles Loop 1150 feet
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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.

Valerie Segura-Fischer

1 Completed1 Reviews

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

Jessica Lawrence

2 Completed1 Reviews

Brett McCullock

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Cindy C.

Paul O

10 Completed1 Reviews

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

Ale Flo

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Shalimar Santiago

6 Completed2 Reviews

My fiance and I decided to do this hike on Valentine's Day and we absolutely loved it. We started from the Regency gate, to donner canyon rd, to falls trail loop, then turned right on Meridian to get back on donner canyon rd, back to regency gate. We finished the hike in 2.5 hours as stated on the info. It is family friendly but you cannot bring dogs for their own safety due to the trail can get a little narrow, especially when you reach Falls trail. I would recommend to try to do the hike counter clockwise instead so it's more rewarding to see the end of the waterfall. Other than that, it's a wonderful hike and would do it over and over again!

Ab Amaya

2 Completed1 Reviews

Nice and great trial... Went in mid Feb. with my wife and kids just for a quick hike and it ends climbing and following easy roads. Beautiful nature: water creeks, water falls, people riding in their horses, several people hiking with their kids or alone...ah and we also saw some deers...! Great for a 4 hours hiking.... There are several routes and well!

Amber Lane

4 Completed3 Reviews

Areas that are pretty steep, if you are not familiar with the trails it's difficult to navigate how to get to the waterfalls but beautiful views at the top