Tilden Park - Wildcat Canyon Loop

Berkeley, California 94705

Tilden Park - Wildcat Canyon Loop

Tilden Park - Wildcat Canyon Loop Professional Guide

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"Two loops emanate from Inspiration Point in popular Tilden Park atop the Berkeley Hills. If you go high enough or far enough, you will eventually get away from any crowd. One loop heads south, the other north along the ridge overlooking the expansive San Francisco Bay and surrounding hills. Rolling fire roads cruise through oak and eucalyptus woodlands and along grassy pasturelands. The last part parallels Wildcat Creek through a quiet canyon and climbs back up to Inspiration Point. Trail surface: 70 percent dirt fire road and 30 percent paved pathway."

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"The first part of the ride consists of a short 4-mile loop through the southern section of Tilden Park. This section includes a fairly steep 500-foot climb and less ambitious riders may want to avoid it and to begin the ride at the start of the long loop at the 3.9-mile mark. The long loop leads through the northern section of Tilden Park and includes a tour of Wildcat Canyon, as well. The first 4 miles follow a paved section of trail on Chester Nimitz Way, named for the famed World War II admiral. From this relatively flat section, there are stunning views of the surrounding areas visible in both directions. at the end of the paved trail, the route follows fire roads continuing along the crest of the hills and then down a steep descent into Wildcat Canyon. After riding through the canyon in the lower elevations, the route leads past serene Jewel Lake and then follows a forested trail as it climbs back to Inspiration Point." Read more
Bay Area Mountain Bike Trails (Penngrove Publications)
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"Tilden and Wildcat Canyon Regional Parks, located adjacent to each other in the Berkeley Hills, encompass over 4,000 acres of forests with trails for cycling, hiking, and equestrian use. In addition, Tilden Park includes a golf course, botanical garden, steam trains, pony rides, merry-go-round, nature area, and Lake Anza. Weekends find the parks fully utilized as the residents of the surrounding areas come here to relax and to enjoy the natural beauty of the place. The first part of the ride consists of a short 4-mile loop through the southern section of Tilden Park. This section includes a fairly steep 500-foot climb, less ambitious riders may want to avoid it and begin the ride at the start of the long loop at the 3.9-mile mark. The trails are wide fire roads and are steep and somewhat rough in some sections." Read more

Tilden Park - Wildcat Canyon Loop Reviews

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2/13/2010
I started at Blue Gum and made my way around through inspiration point and back on cement. During dry months this loop is wonderful, but during rainy season it was a bit unpredictable and extremely muddy. The views on top of San Pablo Ridge Trail make up for all of it though.
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5/10/2009
I started at Inspiration Point rode until the pavement ended then stayed to left. You go down into the canyon my GPS showed an altitude of 950 at Inspiration Point and 420 at the lowest point in the canyon. Once at the bottom of the trail the work begin as the rest is uphill for the most part. The trail was in good shape and wide enough for traffic both directions. It would be tough for a family with small kids to do this complete loop. I did have trouble finding the route with the directions listed, but it will be easy next time now that I know the way. Great Views!
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2/1/2009
I have ridden my horse on these trails many times. Latest ride was out of Wildcat Park along Wildcat Creek trail, up Mezue, then back along the San Pablo Ridge trail and back down Belgum. All nice trails but Mezue is very steep (had to stop a couple times), better bet would be to take Colon, longer but not quite so steep. This runs into Nimitz trails which is paved part of the way but has equestrian path alongside in most places. All have beautiful views of the bay. There is a water trough on Wildcat Creek trail at the intersection of Mezue. BYW -Havey Canyon is no longer open to horses - too bad it was a beautiful little ride. There is NO TRAILER PARKING in the Wildcat park staging area at end of McBryde Ave. You can park along side the road if trailer's not too big and horses are ok with cars going by!
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6/19/2006
The lack of signs on this trail make it very confusing and it is hard to follow the directions given by the trails.com to get on Wildcat Creek trail. We ended up going the opposite direction uphill to Inspiration Point and then on to the Nimitz Trail. It is a beautiful ride but easy to get lost. There is also considerable storm and water damage from the spring rains that persists.
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Trail Information

Berkeley
Nearby City
17.1
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Moderate
Technical Difficulty
Moderate
Physical Difficulty
2 - 3 hours
Duration
Summer and fall are good, but best in spring when the hills are greenest. The Seaview Loop is a good winter ride.
Season
1,000 feet
Trailhead Elevation
1,600 feet
Top Elevation
East Bay Regional Park District: Tilden Regional Park, Wildcat Canyon Regional Park
Local Contacts
USGS Richmond, Briones
Local Maps

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Dec 2018