Donner Creek Trail

#1 of 1 trails in Clayton Park
Donner Creek Trail is a 5.5 mile 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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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.

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Kristen Chinn

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

1 Completed1 Reviews

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

Jessica Lawrence

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Brett McCullock

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Cindy C.

Paul O

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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!