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Mount Diablo State Park/Donner Canyon Waterfall Loop/East Bay

Pros: Rugged, steep and gorgeous
Cons: Summer heat
Best For: Cascading waterfalls right after Winter rains

Mount Diablo Donner Canyon Waterfall Loop

The Donner Canyon Waterfall Loop is about 5.7 miles long, strenuous but truly beautiful, especially in early Spring. That's when the wildflowers are blooming, creeks are full of water, and waterfalls come tumbling down canyon walls.

Allow several hours for this hike, bring food and water, and enjoy the diverse scenery and rugged terrain. Don't forget the sunscreen!

Donner Canyon Waterfall Loop
Mount Diablo State Park
From San Francisco, take the Bay Bridge. Bear right onto I-580 East (Exit 8B). Drive 1.5 miles and take Exit 19B onto CA 24. Drive East 12 miles on CA 24 to the I-680 split, then take Exit 46B onto Ygnacio Valley Road. Travel East on Ygnacio Valley Road about 8 miles and turn right onto Clayton Road. Drive South on Clayton Road for about 3 miles, which has become Marsh Creek Road in Clayton, then turn right onto Regency Road. Go to the end of this residential street and park, as the trailhead begins there.

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