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on Jewel Lake Loop
4 days ago

hiking

The Jewel Lake Trail is peace and quiet, and it is good for walking and wildlife spotting. We started at the Tilden Environmental Education Center. We hiked around the Jewel Lake Trail and saw a blue heron in the Jewel Lake. We continued hike up to the Wildcat Peak and enjoyed the view of the entire bay and surrounding cities.

on Tilden Wildcat Gorge
4 days ago

hiking

Really challenged me. I injured my knee recently and was not sure if I could hike the whole trail, however I was surprised that I did. Good workout and my dogs slept all the way home

on Tilden Wildcat Gorge
9 days ago

hiking

After the lake not much to look at. Also half of it is not shaded, so plan for that on very hot days. I would recommend a different hike in this park.

on Seaview and Big Springs T...
16 days ago

hiking

I went thru the Seaview Trail connecting from Vollmer Trail. Nice short trail in Tilden Park. Some nice tree grove areas & views of the Bay.

on Lake Anza Trail
16 days ago

hiking

Nice quick trail around small lake. Trail more challenging than first glance. One section, the trail about 6 inches - had to hold onto vine then step with one foot to cross.

on Seaview and Big Springs T...
18 days ago

hiking

Good little climb with very nice scenery (reservoir on one side, hills on the other). Dog friendly. Good amount of trails to choose from. Main issue is it is crowded...too much for my taste. We did go on a Sunday afternoon so I suppose that is peak usage time, but prefer more isolated.

on Seaview and Big Springs T...
18 days ago

hiking

can get pretty muddy at times, but a perfectly moderate hiking challenge with breath taking views. not too crowded, and dogs are allowed.

on Lake Anza Trail
24 days ago

some of these reviewers must be smoking something good. they don't know what they're talking about. this is a pretty but narrow and rocky trail around a pretty but small lake. no running laps on this trail, fool.

on Strawberry Canyon Fire Tr...
25 days ago

hiking

Hike was great. Beautiful day and thankfully not hot. One short hill was very steep as noted in other posts but otherwise a great hike. Looking forward to when there is a little more water in the stream.

on Strawberry Canyon Fire Trail
25 days ago

on Strawberry Canyon Fire Tr...
1 month ago

The trail was overall okay. it had one uphill section towards the beginning that was the most difficult, then it was fairly easy from there on out. you maybe get 2 pockets of good views of the uc campus and of the bay. there are better east bay trails out there though.

on Seaview and Big Springs T...
1 month ago

hiking

The day started with an overcast. So make sure to layer up. It cleared by noon. The views were awesome. We made it to the lake and took time to rest and enjoy the view. There are tons of trails to take so I would definitely return.

on Tilden Wildcat Gorge
1 month ago

The trails were wonderful, but the description was terrible! First, because the Mineral Springs trail (which we later found out is a loop, which is not connected to any trails on the official park trail map) nor the spur trail that connects Wildcat Gorge Trail to it is NOT marked in any way in person or on the official park map, we missed it. If something is poorly marked, better directions are required to find it! We took the Curran trail which we found looking for the Mineral Springs trail, thinking that we would just reverse the loop. We got to the Seaview trail fine, but then, thankfully, I looked at the paper trail map again, only to realize that the Seaview Trail and the Mineral Springs trail do not actually intersect at any point. We ended up taking the Big Springs trail to the Quarry trail to Wildcat Canyon ROAD to the Mineral Springs loop to the spur trail to the Wildcat Gorge Trail to Selby trail to get back to our car.

on Lake Anza Trail
1 month ago

mountain biking

very nice trail beautiful scenery trail was a little steep for me

on Strawberry Canyon Fire Tr...
1 month ago

hiking

Great! We did a 5 mile version due to lack of water and snacks. It had 3 decent climbs, for a total of 1200 feet total elevation gain. Gorgeous bay, city and canyon views. Quite active with friendly people. Not marked.

on Wildcat Creek Trail
1 month ago

hiking

I hiked this trail again and this time I started at the Alvarado Park. I followed the Wildcat Creek Trail, and continued onto the Sylvan Trail. I climbed to the summit of the Wildcat Peak and was rewarded with stunning views of Bay area, the City and San Pablo Reservoir. I came down on the Conlon Trail and back to the Wildcat Creek Trail. Total distance was 9.6 miles for about 3 hrs. I had a good time.

on Strawberry Canyon Fire Tr...
1 month ago

hiking

Butt-kicking climbs begin this fun hike in the Berkeley hills. Seriously, the seemingly never-ending ascent is a workout but the persistent hiker is soon rewarded with sweeping panoramic views of SF and the Bay out to the Pacific. After the two miles of hills it's a gently rolling and mostly flat hike back to the trailhead with only minor sections of steep downhill. Saw a family of deer last time!

This hike is also a favorite when I want a good workout but am short on time. It's 6.5 miles can be done in two and a half hours.

on Lake Anza Trail
1 month ago

Lake Anza was crowded given the holiday. We initially took a wrong turn and made an excursion on Wildcat Gorge trail for a while which was actually our favorite part.