Donner Creek Trail

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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.

Shereen Farooq
42 minutes ago

1 Completed0 Reviews

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

Glenn H.
8 days ago

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

Claire Jackson
12 days ago

1 Completed0 Reviews

Stephanie Zhou
24 days ago

2 Completed0 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
1 month ago

2 Completed0 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.
1 month ago

Bras Simkin
1 month ago

1 Completed0 Reviews

Poison on trail edge all over.

Bras Simkin
1 month ago

1 Completed0 Reviews

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

Lorena Aguilar
1 month ago

2 Completed0 Reviews

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

Rachel K.
3 months ago

Kristen Chinn
3 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
5 months ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

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

Jessica Lawrence
5 months ago

2 Completed1 Reviews

Brett McCullock
6 months ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Cindy C.
7 months ago

Paul O
7 months ago

14 Completed1 Reviews

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

Ale Flo
10 months ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

A B
10 months ago

20 Completed1 Reviews

Shalimar Santiago
1 year ago

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
1 year ago

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 indicated...fun!