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trail running
3 days ago

You’ll definitely get the uphill to work your back and legs.

Great trail. Not much shade on the first half of it, but as a result you get excellent panoramic views. Note that there are no dogs allowed in the Tilden Nature area (first and last mile of the hike) so if you have a dog you'll have to approach from a different angle.

Lots of wildlife: many cows, a deer, a snake, a bird carrying a snake, etc.

It was a great hike! Like the previous comment said- go clockwise so you’ll hit the hardest part first. The views and breeze were amazing!

This is a fun loop with some good incline and fantastic views, however the last part of the loop is unmaintained during the summer months. Today it was extremely overgrown and lots of ticks. If you have a long haired dog I recommend staying on the wider trails. Great trail for mountain biking and trail running.

Awesome views with Panoramic look into the bay.

Beautiful views

This loop has significant incline but the views are out of this world. San Francisco, Oakland, Marin, Richmond, El Sobrante and Pinole Valley Watershed are all visible from this hike. Trails can get a bit muddy after it rains.

Can’t wait to hike this again. Dogs ok and most of trail is off leash.

4 months ago

Great hike and beautiful view. the only bad thing is that there's a lot of cow pup


Nice views in the second half. Saw couple of foxes :))

6 months ago

nice full moon hike

Lots of hills and amazing views!

trail running
7 months ago

Great trail with views, wildlife and elevation gain. Can be a bit muddy after it rains and hot during the summers. Horseback riders and mountain bikers frequent this loop. Lots of hawks, coyotes and cows. There are a number of trail options so you can extend or shorten your loop based on your preference. Parking is available at the end of Clark Road. Make sure to shut the cattle gates when you enter the park.

8 months 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 ;)

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!

Great hike for beginners..

11 months 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.

Monday, June 12, 2017

This trail is very nice if your up to walking up hills. Also love the cows

Monday, May 15, 2017

It was a pleasure getting lost in the woods today. I found my way eventually and enjoyed everything. The views are beautiful. The hills are challenging, very high up you'll trek. The views are absolutely amazing. I experienced peace of mind up so high. I'll definitely go back. I started at Alvarado park.

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

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

Monday, April 24, 2017

this trail as defined is NOT in its totality 'dog friendly' the trail crosses 'tilden nature area' where dogs are not allowed. A small modification and you skip that nature area which bring you in top of the hill with astonishing views. totally worthy!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

great hiking. beautiful scenery. lots of options. one of my new favorites

Friday, March 03, 2017

I started at the Alvarado Park parking lot, hiked up to the Wildcat Creek Trail, turned left onto the Havey Canyon Trail, continued up to the San Pablo Ridge Trail, Bel Gum Trail and completed the loop at the Wildcat Creek Trail where I started. Total distance was 6.7 miles with elevation of 1,125 feet. There was quite muddy at the Havey Canyon Trail but I had a good workout.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Saturday, January 07, 2017

Great trail but very challenging with the rain.

Monday, December 05, 2016

Wow, superseded my expectations! We missed the trail we had planned so took a longer one - Wildcat Canyon, Belgum, Nimitz, Curran, Wildcat George, Curran, slight deviation to Lake Anza, back to Wildcat George, and took Lone Oak back to Wildcat Canyon. It was a 15 mile loop with few hills and beautiful with creeks, reservoir, views of East Bay, cows, and wild turkeys. Best trails of them all were Curran and Wildcat George. Not crowded with many parking lots. Cell phone also works the entire time :). I would return and explore many other routes.

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