Photos from a February 2001 hike to Donner Falls, Mount Diablo State Park
(click on any image for a larger view)
Trailhead
Trailhead
Gate
Gate
Buckeye
Buckeye
Junction
Junction
Path to the state park
Walking toward the state park
Boundary
Boundary
Junction
Junction
Winter rain runoff
Winter rain runoff
Donner Creek
Donner Creek
Donner Canyon Road
Donner Canyon Road
Junction
Approaching junction
Approaching junction
Approaching junction
Buttercups
Buttercups
Snow is visible, although the peaks were still obscured
Snow was visible, although the peaks were obscured by clouds
Pine
A pine
Muddy
Muddy
Coast live oak
Coast live oak
Junction
Junction
Junction
Junction
Muddy
Junction
Steep and muddy
Muddy and steep
View toward North Peak
View uphill toward North Peak
Hound's tongue
Hound's tongue
Ceanothus
Ceanothus
Flat stretch
Flat stretch
Flowering currant
Flowering currant
     Toyon
     Toyon
     Manzanita
     Manzanita
Junction
Junction
Short descent
Short descent
Junction
Junction
     Up
     Up
Junction
Junction; turn left
Cardinet Oaks Road
Cardinet Oaks Road
     Crossing Donner Creek
   Crossing Donner Creek
View back to the north
View back to the north
Ceanothus
Ceanothus
Steep
Steep
Paintbrush
Paintbrush
Junction
Junction with Falls Trail; turn right
Falls Trail
Falls Trail
     Blue witch
     Blue witch
Sagebrush
Sagebrush
Poison oak
Poison oak
     Lupine
     Lupine
Tiny pre-spring flowers
Pre-spring blooms; they look like miniature fiddlenecks
Tiny white flowers
Tiny white flowers
     View across the canyon to falls
    Falls across the canyon
Falls Trail
Falls Trail
     Waterfalls and snow
     Waterfall and snow
     Falls
     Falls
Rock formation
Rock formation
Falls Trail
Falls Trail
Falls
Falls
Creek crossing
Crossing a feeder creek
Creek crossing
Crossing Donner Creek
     Falls
     Falls
Climb
Climb
Falls Trail
Falls Trail
View back to the north
View back to the north
      Wintergreen?
      Saxifrage
     Down
     Descending to creek
Cercocarpus
Cercocarpus
Creek crossing
Creek crossing
One of the nicest waterfall views
One of the nicest viewpoints of the falls
Ceanothus
Blooming ceanothus
     Descending to creek crossing
     Descending to creek
Creek crossing
Creek crossing
     Ladybugs
     Ladybugs
Ladybugs
Ladybugs, taking their winter sabbatical
Sunny stretch
Sunny spot
Falls Trail
Falls Trail
Hound's tongue
Hound's tongue
Lil' blue flower
Lil' blue flower
Leaving the canyon
Leaving the canyon
Junction
Junction; bear right
Manzanitas line the trail
Manzanitas line the trail
A look back to the falls
A view back to the falls
Middle Trail
Middle Trail
     California bay
     California bay
Thick vegetation crowds the trail
Vegetation crowds the trail
Clouds departed,  permitting a view to North Peak
The clouds finally receded, permitting views to the peaks
Chamise
Chamise
Middle Trail
Middle Trail
Manzanita
Manzanita
Junction; turn right
Junction; turn right
Junction; turn left
Junction with Donner Canyon Road; turn left and retrace your steps
      Shooting star
      Shooting star
 



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