Explore the most popular dogs on leash trails in Tilden Regional Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Loved it! Check out the city’s skyline. Couple of park benches.

23 days ago

A nice trail for a very easy, quick hike in a pretty, shaded forest. We saw turtles sunbathing and ducks at the lake itself as well as a couple of deer along the trail. Beware that it is right next to Little Farm so there are lots of small kids in your serenity. Please note that dogs are not actually allowed, contrary to what AllTrails has listed for Jewel Lake.

Mostly flat and good beginners hike.

Beautiful lake. Great picnic spot. Some rough patches.

We started at the Tilden Little Farm parking lot, hiked up to the Memory Trail, across the Canon Drive and continued to the Selby Trail, Wildcat Gorge Trail, the Curran Trail and then the Meadows Canyon Trail back to the parking lot. Total distance was 6 miles with elevation gain of 823 ft. It was a pleasant hike.

Beautiful views and lots of shade. A bit rocky, just be careful. Uphills are spread throughout with good amount of flats and downhills.

5 months ago

Done as part of a longer hike

Beginners luck! Mostly walking, a bit of climbing over roots and rocks, a babbling brook, beautiful views, not much traffic when the beach isn’t open. Got a bit lost at the end, as there is fencing separating the trail end from the trail beginning. Must go off the trail to arrive back onto the beach.

This hike takes you from Inspiration Point to lake Anza and back. There was a good bit of traffic on a Saturday morning with some runners and dog walkers. Most of the dogs I came across were off-leash, but almost all of them were well behaved.

Wildcat Gorge Trail is very scenic. There are a few small waterfalls and the trees are lush. The other trails are so-so.

This was a short but challenging hike. I parked at the Arroyo staging area and started there as the suggested trail entrance was overgrown and not as ideal. I encountered a buck on the lower part of the Vollmer Peak Trail. The Lupine Trail has a lot of loose soil, so make sure to wear good shoes with traction.

This portion of Bay Area Ridge Trail takes you from Tilden to Redwood Regional and passes by Sibley and Huckleberry. The foliage changes from dry at the start of the hike and becomes progressively more lush and wooded as you get closer to Huckleberry Nature area. The hike isn't too difficult. The only hard climb is when you are approaching Sibley and there are restrooms and water fountains at the staging area when you crest the hill.

The start of the hike passes through EBMUD lands. The Skyline and De La Veaga trails are part of the north watershed. So that means you should bring a permit and no bikes or dogs are allowed.

I've been wanting to do this hike for awhile now as it was a missing link in my quest to complete the east bay ridge trail. Now I've hiked/biked everything from Inspiration Point in Tilden to the May Rd. staging area in Union City, which is about 45 miles. I can't connect any further south until the Niles Canyon section is completed in 2018. But I'm looking forward to heading north on Nimitz Way in the future.

Short, but challenging hike. It's a moderate descent up and then back down. The trail is shaded closer to the trailhead, but you're exposed to the sun for most of the hike. Bring some good shoes because the trail is covered in loose gravel and dirt; it's easy to lose you're footing. According to the signs, you can bike or horseback during the dry months. I saw "evidence" of horses throughout the trail.

10 months ago

Reviewing this trail for the second time. Ran this loop the first time during winter and hiked it the second time in the middle of summer. During the warm months this trail gets hot. There is little shade in Wildcat Canyon so bring plenty of water. This portion can also get a bit buggy due to the cattle. If you are allergic to poison oak I would not recommend hiking this trail. If you are worried about getting poison oak I would still hike this trail. The East Bay Regional Park district keeps it very well maintained and you will not get it if you stay on the trail - just keep an eye out if you're concerned. Great views of Tilden Park, Mount Tam and Mount Diablo. Really beautiful winding trails as you make your way through Tilden Park back to the Little Farm parking lot. There is a water fountain and bathrooms toward the beginning of the loop. Definitely a great morning or afternoon hike or trail run. Bring your camera.

trail running
11 months ago

Started from Tilden Steam Train parking lot (flushing bathroom, running water, paper towels--only trail runners will truly appreciate this feature) and ran on road up to trail head. We followed paved path and ended up at radio towers--nice views--ran back down and took the off-shoot road (somewhat paved, gravel). Amazing views of Orinda/San Pablo Dam/Briones AND all of Bay Bridge/SF Golden Gate. It is a technical run with varied terrain--paved, loose gravel, large river type stones, soft leafy paths under dappled sunlight. Some full sun. Can run this trail up and down for the experienced trail runner. Winner.

Fun for the family. Easy trail takes you right to the beach entrance. $2.50 for kids and & $3.50 for adults to swim.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Ok.. I hike often and I'm not quite sure why this is labeled as "easy". Maybe because it's short? Well, it's definitely more than a stroll in the woods. There is some rock climbing, some where you have to sit back and think about how you're going to get up there (at least I had to). I chose to hike this after all the rains we've been having, so the trail was extra muddy. People were warning me that they had fallen up ahead. Luckily my shoes are made for this because my kid and I (he was in a pack on my back) really would have fallen a few times if I didn't have grippy hiking shoes.

Overall, a really fun and beautiful trail with a gorgeous waterfall. I will do it again. But I was surprised at the level of intensity, based upon the other reviews.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Trail was closed. But we found out this only after 1-hour walking on a very muddy road. We had no options but to go back using the same awful road. There was no sing at the beginning of the road.

trail running
Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Spectacular views of the San Francisco Bay and San Pablo Reservoir. Lots of wildlife - coyotes, turkeys, cows. Ran the loop after it rained so pretty muddy but trails are very maintained and easy to navigate. Definitely some good inclines but the views are worth it and always fun to watch the cows. Make sure the cattle gates lock when you walk through. Also be mindful as you cross a couple of streams. Parking fills up fast on weekends.

Great hike that was done as an out and back that goes through several regional parks including Tilden, Sibley, Huckleberry and Redwood. There are some nice hills and some great views. It's very good to do on a nice, dry winter day or in the spring when everything is green. The only possible downside is you have to cross a few city streets. It can be done in half the distance with 2 cars and there are many other variables you can do along the way...

Saturday, October 01, 2016

Very easy all levels walk around small lake. There is also a supervised swimming area and fishing is allowed.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

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.

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

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.

Monday, August 01, 2016

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.

mountain biking
Sunday, July 17, 2016

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

Monday, July 04, 2016

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.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Neat little barefoot walk

cross country skiing
Sunday, November 29, 2015

Great short trail around a small lake. Rocky roots can make it difficult at times if uneven footing is not your thing. Mostly flat and connects to other fire road trails

Monday, September 07, 2015

Really nice walk around the lake. Not too long but enough to feel like you've got out and about. There's a few spots where it gets a little rough but there were people with dogs and children so it's nothing too extreme.

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