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Tilden Regional Park, also known as Tilden Park, is a 2,079-acre regional park in the East Bay, part of the San Francisco Bay Area in California. It is between the Berkeley Hills and San Pablo Ridge. In addition to major areas of wilderness, the park includes several developed features, including environmental education areas, extensive botanical garden, swimming lake, golf course, model farm, miniature train, merry-go-round, and event venue. Lake Anza is located in the central portion of Tilden Regional Park and is open for swimming from May to September. The swim beach is open May–September while hiking trails and picnic areas are open year-round. Founded in 1936 from former watershed lands, Tilden is one of the East Bay Regional Park District’s three original parks. It was named after Charles Lee Tilden, president of the District’s First Board of Directors. Workers from the Works Progress Administration built much of the park’s infrastructure during the Great Depression. Tilden’s 2,079 acres feature the iconic carousel, steam train, botanical gardens, Little Farm, Environmental Education Center, redwood groves, picturesque views of the bay, picnic areas, and seasonal swimming at Lake Anza.

hiking
11 days ago

Great Sunday hike. Was a fairly flat and 90% paved trail that goes through a cow pasture. It was pretty awe inducing to see calf and cattle just off the edge of the trail grazing. Add that to a gorgeous sunset over the Pacific Ocean, and straight on views of the Golden Gate bridge across the bay, and you have the recipe for a fantastic hike.

I would rate this as an easy hike. It had nice views and was paved most of the way.

Super muddy right now. But it’s beautiful along the Wildcat Creek! Just bring an extra pair of shoes to change into for the ride home!

Really beautiful and a nice couple hour workout

Fabulous Thanksgiving hike today. Spectacular view at the top! Especially enjoyed it after so many days of smoke-filled air.

Great view throughout. A lot of shade but also a lot rocks scattered along the path. Easy parking. Very clean area in general.

Great trail with mildly steep inclines broken up with flat/easy terrain. Definitely come on a clear day for incredible views of the city. Free parking is available at the Quarry Picnic Area.

Took 2 dogs and was a challenging hike with steep hills. Wide paths and clearly mark. Shady tree landscape. Would do again

walking
2 months ago

FYI it’s definitely not stroller friendly, although I agree it’s kid friendly

Great for kids and exploring

hiking
2 months ago

This is a pretty hike along the lake through east bay woodlands, but it's not as easy as its short distance and minimal elevation would imply. Much of the trail that hugs the lakeside is very rugged, with boulders, big roots, and steep slopes. It can be quite difficult for anyone with even slight mobility issues. One section was basically a six-inch ledge against a low cliff... one misstep and you're going swimming. Great fun for kids, dogs and the athletic, but not recommended otherwise.

This is the shorter version of lake Anza. Not really a hike, just walking round a small lake though. Do the other hike

Long enough and ends in a lake where you can buy things from a shop and swim

One of my favorite hikes! Really nice views if you hit it on a non-foggy day, but the eucalyptus groves in thick fog are just as pretty. Challenging enough to feel like a workout but not too tough. Nice choice for dog walking too.

This trail was beautiful and great for a beginner!

A little too steep for me sometimes but overall really beautiful hike with amazing views, sun & shade and little food/horse traffic during the week!

Wide trail; no part was too difficult. Saw a gopher snake. Good views, and lightly traveled.

this trail is overall beautiful. pass by the stream and be surrounded by redwoods. be prepared for some stretches without much trees and sun exposure in a sunny day during the Meadows Canyon Trail

Pretty trail with a porting next to a stream, Curran section is shaded but Meadow trail section is exposed. Better to walk this counter clockwise to be in the shade uphill. The trail is well used and worn with a fair number of walkers, runners, dogs and bicyclists. Everyone was courteous and friendly. The trail is hard packed dirt with ruts, roots and rocks as well as plenty of burrs for doggy paws.

I give this trail 4 stars for vistas and wildflowers and 2 out of 4 knee caps for the downhill trail. The higher the knee cap the better for mature hikers. I departed from the farm making a loop up to Wildcat Peak and down Laurel Canyon Trail back to the farm and it wasn’t too too hard on the knees. The only thing is at times it was difficult to find the markers. ⛰

Good trail. Soil and rocky. If you use poles the rocky parts are difficult to get a grip but it’s a good work out and is clearly marked. I’m more partial to narrow trails but you get good views of the San Pablo and Briones Reservoirs and the Bay.

Beautiful views and an easy loop with a couple side trails. Definitely moderate. Nice picnic table with a swirl of rocks to have a snack on, but it is windy and chilly in the morning, so bring a jacket!

Excellent hike, but would put it in the moderate category. Trail was very rocky in some parts and there is a 6” ledge along part of the lake that was a little treacherous.

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