Explore the most popular hiking 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.

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.

hiking
3 months ago

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

Perfect

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

hiking
5 months ago

nice full moon hike

Lots of hills and amazing views!

trail running
6 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.

hiking
7 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.

Detailed Blog: http://shompens.com/canvas/1500412325985

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..

walking
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.

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

hiking
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.

hiking
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!

hiking
Saturday, April 22, 2017

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

hiking
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.

hiking
Sunday, February 12, 2017

hiking
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.

A nice trail that I did with 4 friends. It goes in and out of trees and mostly wide open spaces with some pretty good views. Most of the trail is old roads with a small mix of single track connectors. We were there at the wrong time watching a couple of bulls going at each other until one decided to chase us..... Fortunately there are some huge power lines there and we were close and jumped up on the cement supports and got out of harms way.

hiking
Friday, October 14, 2016

I started at the Alvarado Park and went for few miles strenuous uphill hike: First to the Bonitas Gate Trail, then the Monte Cresta Trail, I passed the Belgum Trail and reached the San Pablo Ridge Trail. Instead of hiking up to the ridge I went below it. Coming down the hill by the Mezue Trail and turned right onto the Wildcat Creek Trail and back to the parking lot. Total distance was 6.5 miles with 1,263 ft. elevation (see my recorded track). This track was rated moderate and I did it for little over 2 hours. This track has many great views for the hills, canyon and the bay (see photos). I highly recommended.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Some good up and down climbs on the ridge trail. The second half (think we came back on the Wildcat Creek trail) wasn't great, it's basically a road. Next time I would go out and back on the ridge trail to do the climbs twice. Better workout and better scenery. As other reviewers noted, the ridge trail is very exposed and not much shade so early is best and bring lots of water. The ~7 mile loop took us ~3.5 hours.

hiking
Friday, September 16, 2016

Decent views on a clear day with some good climbs and a lot of wide open space. Wasn't good enough to do more than once.

hiking
Friday, September 16, 2016

Wildcat is a great hike with some great views and if you're doing it in the heat along with the distance maybe it should have a little more than a moderate rating.

hiking
Monday, September 12, 2016

What a fabulous hike! Great views from the ridge line. A number of mountain bikers around. It was fairly vertical in parts especially to the summit but it's worth it! One of my favorite hikes!

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