Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Donner Canyon Waterfall Loop, Mount Diablo State Park, CA

Date Distance Time Elevation Gain Average Moving Time Year to Date Miles
12/26/2016 7 2 hours 9 minutes

Map: 60 Hikes within 60 Miles San Francisco
Parking: See book
Directions: Hike #29 in book (modified).

This was a really nice hike. There are several trails in the Mount Diablo park. The park map from the park website was pretty useless. It isn’t very detailed and many trails are missing. I think next time we go hiking out here, I’ll order a high quality map ahead of time. We carried our guidebook which has a detailed map of just this section of the park, and we also had a more detailed map that we downloaded onto my phone (Avenza PDF). There are many other hike possibilities in this park and it isn’t overly crowded once you get away from the parking area and fire roads, so it would be a good place to hike again. One of the trails is called the Donner Cabin Trail – but the Donner Cabin was not in this park – it’s in Truckee, California if I remember correctly. We saw a very small waterfall at first, and figured that was why it was called the waterfall loop. There actually is a much taller waterfall later on in the hike. Instead of returning all the way back on the Donner Creek Fire Road, which was getting very busy, we took a left onto the Tick Wood Trail, and then a right onto the Back Creek Trail.

I took a Naproxen at the end of the day, in order to recover for the next day’s hike. My hip was sore, but not too bad.

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