Falls Trail to Murchio Gap/Back Creek Trail

Falls Trail to Murchio Gap/Back Creek Trail
City: Clayton
Park: Mt. Diablo State Park
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Sunday, March 11, 2007 @ 9:00 AM

Event Notes:

This is approximately 7-8 miles, with about a 2200 foot elevation gain. Pretty steep up the Meridian Ridge portion to Murchio Gap, but downhill all the way after that. We'll start at Regency Gate in Clayton, follow Donner Canyon Road to Cardinet Oaks, then Falls Trail to Middle Trail to Meridian Ridge. Highest Point is Murchio Gap, from whence we'll descend down Back Creek Trail. The falls are quite gorgeous right now, but we should stay dry on the trails. Bring lunch or a snack, since it's a longer hike -- about 4 hours (maybe a little longer if you're just mosying along).

Leader: Helene Crowley
Email: [email protected]


Trail Notes:

Starting at Regency Gate, we'll hike up Donner Canyon Road to Cardinet Oaks Road. From there, we'll take the Falls Trail, traversing the four falls, which are quite spectacular right now. After passing the falls, we'll take Middle Trail to Meridian Ridge Road up to Murchio Gap. From there, we'll take the Back Creek Trail, wherre there are several small creeks to ford. We'll return to the Regency Gate from the small trail across the grass from Murchio Road, at the end of the Back Creek Trail. Some craggy rocks -- poles are helpful. I estimate 7-8 miles, about 4 hours worth. Bring water, snacks or lunch - we'll take a break at Murchio Gap. You might also want to bring a camera for pictures of the falls.


Directions to Trailhead:

From Dublin/San Ramon, take Hwy 680 North towards Concord/Martinez. Exit at Ygnacio Valley Road in Walnut Creek. At bottom of offramp, turn RIGHT at stoplight onto Ygnacio Valley Road. Continue on Ygnacio for 7.5 miles up the hill and into the city of Concord. At stoplight turn RIGHT onto Clayton Road.

Or from the north, take Southbound 680 and exit at Treat Blvd. At end of offramp turn left then make an immediate left turn at the next light onto Treat Blvd. Follow Treat into the city of Concord for approximately 8 miles. At light turn right onto Clayton Road.

Take Clayton Road into the Town of Clayton. Pass Mitchell Canyon Rd on your right and Oakhurst and Diablo View School on your left. Regency Drive is a private residential street with a traffic light at its intersection. Turn right on Regency Drive and park at the end of the street. Regency Gate is just down the hill from the Dead End.

TrailHead Parking Fee: None
Other Fees: None

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The trailhead information on this page was last updated Tuesday, February 20, 2007.