Explore the most popular wildlife 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.

hiking
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.

Simple walk down to Lake Anza, ok for kids but a little slippery underfoot. Ok for dogs too.

Amazing views at the top! Nice short but steep hike. Will definitely do again

This route is very heavily trafficked and paved. All Trails says that it is dog friendly however none of the trails that connect to Nimitz Way allows dogs and Dogs must be kept on leash on Nimitz way.

What a great hike! I covered so much ground and went through so many different types of forest, which opened up to various views of the surrounding terrain. I like how the track loops through both the upper and lower sections of Huckleberry, which provided a nice change of scenery on the way back.

I took a couple detours. I walked up the paved path to the water tank in Sibley to look out at the extinct volcano. In Redwood Regional, I headed south to the Prince / Stream intersection to see if the lady bugs were still active. There were a few stragglers, but the thousands that were there in January had moved on. I also walked down to the Grizzly Peak Blvd Overlook close to the end and sat on the graffiti-covered tree to soak in the stunning views of the bay. All in all, I racked up a little over 16 miles. Not bad for a Sunday morning.

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Love this whole area you can get to from the farm. Awesome views on the east side/up on the hills, with amazing foliage and presence of lots of animals :)

This was a nice afternoon hike, with enough of an incline to get your heart rate up. The path mostly shady with a clear nice view from the top. A little slippery in places from the rain last week.

We were looking for a great trail to watch the sunrise - this is it! We were hoping for a slightly more challenging hike, but since it rained a lot the previous few days, we decided to take this trail. Perfect. No mud on the pavement, great in wet conditions. 1.5 hours there and back before work. Such amazing views everywhere... Be careful going off-trail, though - poison ivy all over the place!

11-12-17 Nice day to walk up to the WildCat Peak in Tilden. We parked at the Environment Education center. They had a nice 3D map of the peak and canyon to get there. The hike up was filled with clear views of the bay, its bridges, and surrounding cities. Enjoyed the view at the top, and the Peace Grove with Sequoia trees. I was surpised what a pleasant hike this was.

One I'd forgotten I'd done when I lived nearby.

Paved trail with fantastic views. Great for walking, running and biking.

Great loop - paved and trail route. Can get hot so bring water.

This trail takes you from the Inspiration Point staging area to Wildcat Peak and back. Nimitz trail is paved, which is great for bikers or walkers, but not really my preference for hiking. You'll go through a variety of vegetation and trees. After the half-way point, you'll get off Nimitz and onto some real trails. At this point, you're in the Tilden Nature Area, where dogs are not allowed. Bikes are also not allowed once you get off Nimitz Way.

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.

Pretty trail through gentle rolling hills. There's a core loop that's good for biking since it's paved, and some offshoot trails that are slightly steeper and are rich in wildlife. We saw lots of rabbits, quails, gophers, lizards, and a falcon.

hiking
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 starts passed the Little Farm. It's a steady little climb and then peaks at the top, then a steady decline. Internet access to use map is accessible. A couple of decent parts to pull over and pick nick. Not any huge spots or fields but a couple of places to put a blanket. Need to follow the map because trails aren't obvious. The wildcat peak is often just referred to as peak trail. Decent view of the city when clear. Took my mom and I about an hour and a half.

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...

hiking
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.

Dry and hot at 830 am. Did alittle over half the trail out and back due to time constraints. The last 2 miles coming back is mostly uphill but relatively shaded. I'll wait until it cools down though to do this trail again. Didn't see anyone until the last mile. Loved being out there solo.

Stunning with all the wild flowers out

A nice hike. A lot of varied terrain, with the highlight for me being the lush woods in Sibley.

The forest ambiance is reduced a bit by this trail being so close to the road -- for large chunks of the trek you can hear (but not see) the cars passing nearby.

I'd recommend skipping Roundtop peak, as it's just a grubby radio tower with poor views.

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