Explore the most popular Bird Watching trails in Wildcat Canyon 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
1 month ago

I found this trail is good for training with the following modifications: Taking the Bonitas Gate Trail up, continue to the Belgum Trail, San Pablo Ridge Trail, and Nimitz Way. Hike up to the Wildcat Peak by turn right onto Peak Trail. On return, you can either take the Peak Trail or Conlon Trail back down to Nimitz, San Pablo Ridge, Belgum and Bonitas Gate. Total distance is 12 miles and 1,955 ft elevation gain. For details please see my recordings.

hiking
no shade
1 month ago

Every season has it’s own joys and this is the brown hill season - not the verdant green of the photo. But it was a beautiful clear and a little windy day so actually perfect. I really enjoyed this hike, especially the fist hard, uphill part for the both the views and sense of accomplishment - I did it with a backpack training for a trip later this month. The latter two thirds of the hike we a little meh - nothing really interesting but good to have some shade.. I found this hike to be hard, especially near the end where I was hoping for a flat walk out but small undulations in the midday sun tired me out. Hike took me about 3 hours - a little more with only mini stops to check out birds and get snacks. Hawk sightings at the too were great.and although I hoped to see a coyote, I didn’t. Definitely worth a check out!

Intense/steep grade if you start by going east. There is some shade during certain parts. Fire trails and pavement for most of hike. Great views of entire Bay!

I would love to do this trail again when the rolling hills are green instead of brown. Be prepared for no shade for much of the hike. Trail is dirt road in good repair...no switchbacks to speak of but the grade only got really steep in a couple of places and didn't last too long. Great views 360!

on Mezue Trail Short Loop

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail.

I’d recommend this trail! The first half is tasking with killer views, the second half is okay. Took me about 2.5 hours but i was stopping frequently.

Right side is whatever, but the ridge on the left is AWESOME, super cool features, nice views!

The Mezue trail appears closed, the gates were chain-locked although I did sneak through the gap

hiking
no shade
2 months ago

Mostly hiking in pasture land. Nice that I could bring the pup.

Nice intro hike to Wildcat Canyon with nice views of the East Bay Area, Richmond.

This trail was magic! Coyotes were talking to each other which was echoing of the hills. The climbs were fun and mostly shaded. The breeze was perfectly warm.

Came here for view - well worth it despite clouds. This was hard!

mountain biking
2 months ago

Road this with a gravel bike which is doable if you go the right way round. I started at the Lake Anza area and went to wildcat creek road first then up San Pablo ridge. I would seriously not recommend that. Make sure you do Nimitz before San Pablo dam, there is some serious pitch on San Pablo dam I had to walk up. I’m on a 10-42 11 speed gravel bike.

I hike these trails all the time and love Wildcat; it is true that much is open (no shade) so a hat and water is a must in warmer months but the wind on the ridge can be brutal as well. NOTE: Dogs are not allowed AT ALL, even on leash, in the Tilden Nature Reserve (the south part of the loop, a bit past the Conlon trail at either end.) If you have dogs with you, cut off the loop at Conlon and it will be a nine mile loop. Also be aware there is a new rule that dogs must be on leash when cattle or other grazing animals are present.

hiking
3 months ago

The trail is not dog friendly. There is a sign at the trailhead that dogs are not allowed in the park. So, we doubled back to the Lone Oak Trail. We took it to Lake Aliza and that trail around the Lake then then back on the Wildcat George Trail to the car. Lovely hike. The circle of redwoods was magical. The creek was so peaceful. Dogs are not allowed in the creek. My dog doesn’t like water so it wasn’t a problem for us. About 6 miles lots of shade.

hiking
no shade
3 months ago

Nice trail. Go early (7/8am) otherwise it gets hot since there is no shade for most of the climb. It tired my dogs out so it's a nice short hike to work the energy out of your pups! There were also a lot of poop (cattle and dog) on the trail. Seems like there are dog owners who don't pick up after their dogs.

Lots of elevation and poop on the path but the view was definitely worth it. Some shade in the beginning but all sun exposure the whole way towards the end. Be prepare for lots of uphill and steep downhill. Definitely one of my favorite hikes in the bay now!

mountain biking
3 months ago

Nice challenging MTB bike ride with some fast downhill. The trail running and hiking is not that hard. Great training grounds for trail runners.

Great 2 hour hike. Some shade at the beginning and end but pretty unprotected in the loop. Nice and moderate.

hiking
no shade
3 months ago

Beautiful views, dog friendly, some bikers along certain parts of the loop and cows scattered. Took us about 3 hours with a couple of water breaks since it’s somewhat hilly. Very dry and brown now.

Good hike, went counter clockwise. Trail very dry with lots of ruts from 4-wheelers and cattle. Trail is wide in most parts. Some steep spots. Mostly in the sun but wind kept us cool. Only recorded last mile or so

New hike for me and I loved it. great views and open spaces+

hiking
4 months ago

hard and short

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike! super hilly, deff level hard. really good to get your heart pumping!

Went counterclockwise from Clark Rd in El Sobrante. Finally did the whole loop. Not many people on the trail, saw one snake soaking up sun on the ridge. Passed cattle and horses along the trail. Good mix of sun and shade. Nice stream for dog to cool off in.

mountain biking
4 months ago

An absolutely beautiful ride. Had an amazing time exploring this trail with my gravel bike.

love the inclines and birds. wasn't a fan of hiking on the road but it was good overall

Get ready to climb some hills right away. Beautiful views through mostly grassy hillsides with significant elevation gains and drops, you’ll be forced to slow down on the downhills as they do get quite steep. Even in June i saw wildflowers.

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