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3 days ago

hiking
13 days ago

We completed a nearly identical 7 mile loop from the main staging area for this preserve - Alvarado Area in Richmond. The loop comprised of Wildcat Creek Trail -> Havey Canyon Trail -> Nimitz Way -> San Pablo Ridge Trail -> Belgum Trail -> Wildcat Creek Trail. A moderately difficult hike with 1200 feet elev gain.

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It starts with a fairly brisk immediate hike through a eucalyptus forest that opens up onto the exposed ridge. I did it midday and there was a tiny amount of occasional cover - so take plenty of water - I took an intentional short cut ( I got lost) close to the top of the peak and ended up shaving half a mile off my hike. The views are pretty great when you hit the Cottontail segment and then it's a gradual run down through cow paddocks and all the way home. I did the Pack Rat trail for a little variation at the end to cool off -- although... it should be called the Gnat Pack trail as it feels like an X-File episode if you stop and let the gnats swarm you ;)

hiking
27 days ago

Bring water, and avoid going on a really hot day! For much of the hike, you're exposed to the sun on top of the hills with no shade. If you pick the right day - it's perfect. Go clockwise and start with the difficult part, leaving the mostly flat and shady area for last!

hiking
1 month 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.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Instead going in a loop, I started at the Alvarado Staging Area, followed the Wildcat Creek Trail, walked all the way to the Jewel Lake in the Tilden Nature Area. I then followed the Lower Packrat trail and back to the Wildcat Creek Trail. It makes an excellent route for a hot summer afternoon walk.

trail running
3 months ago

Trail switches back and forth between paved fire road to dirt trails.