Bay Area Ridge Trail: Tilden Park to Redwood Regional Park

MODERATE 55 reviews
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Bay Area Ridge Trail: Tilden Park to Redwood Regional Park is a 13.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Berkeley, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 13.7 miles Elevation Gain: 2,942 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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bird watching

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forest

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wild flowers

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no dogs

This hike is on a very nice portion of the Bay Area Ridge Trail which starts at the Tilden Park Steam Trains parking lot, going to Redwood regional park, and returning. The hike covers EBMUD lands, and goes through several East Bay regional parks, including Tilden, Sibley, Huckleberry, and Redwood Regional Parks. The terrain and scenery actually varies quite a bit, from open, dry hillsides, to fern and moss covered grottos. Some portions are completely in the open, offering great views, while others are under extremely dense tree cover. You actually walk over the Caldecott tunnel on this hike. Portions of the trail are in such dense greenery, you literally walk in tunnels through the brush.

hiking
4 months ago

*Bay Area Ridge Trail - Tilden to Redwood Regional via Skyline Trail, Sibley and Huckleberry* I actually hiked this overall section of the Bay Area Ridge Trail across two different routes before I knew about the Bay Area Ridge Trail, accessed by public transport; southward from Kennedy Grove via the Old San Pablo Trail and Nimitz Way to Inspiration Point, and northward from Chabot Science Center to Inspiration Point. No wonder it’s called Inspiration Point - views from here are pretty amazing! San Pablo Reservoir, San Francisco Bay, and even downtown San Francisco can be gazed upon from on high. Speaking of high, Seaview Trail was very unpleasant to climb after Inspiration Point. The trail was gritty, loose and sandy and was 800 or so feet of ascent over a couple of miles. Ironically, views of the sea from this trail were not that great, but at least there was some shade and very few others around. Hiking around Vollmer Peak had beautiful far-reaching views too, including Mount Diablo and Briones Reservoir. ***At this point the overall section can be broken in half by hiking down Side-O and Upper Jordan Fire Trails to Lawrence Hall of Science*** I’ve wondered for a while what hiking over the Caldecott Tunnel would be like, and it wasn’t what I expected! To start this hike I took the 339 bus up to the Chabot Science Center and then got onto the West Ridge Trail going west. I love this trail! The redwoods are dense and tall on the west ridge and it smells super-mulchy. Lots of multiple dog-walkers too, perhaps due to the proximity to car parks at Moon Gate and Skyline Gate. Once onto the East Ridge Trail it gets quieter and I’ve never passed others on the Phillips Loop that leads up to Pinehurst Road. Huckleberry Botanic Regional Preserve is really beautiful and quiet, with a thin winding flattish trail amongst the roots of gnarly old bay trees (which smell delicious when warmed by the sun). After crossing the trickling San Leandro Creek, the long trek up to Round Top volcano was a little grim with the sun beating down behind me, but once up there views are stunning. Lots of grey volcanic stone underfoot and winding tree roots across the trail, and of course great wide inland vistas. The volcano cap has its own little (alpine?) forest and then to its north is a former quarry and yellowed undulating hills. It does look a little barren from deforestation so I’m glad I went round Round Top to get back onto the wooded trail. Carrying on along the Bay Area Ridge Trail was a lovely stretch with no passersby adjacent to Old Tunnel Road. The hill that Caldecott Tunnel is built through is forested at the point where the trail passes over, so there’s this strange dissonance of an eerie dense trail with the loud sound of an invisible freeway right next to you. Anyway, another long ascent followed up to Scott’s Peak beside Fish Ranch Road - this was mostly shaded and has incredible views inland towards Mount Diablo.

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closed
over grown
7 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

This trail is a terrific cross-section of several East Bay parks. Some good climbs - especially into Sibley from either direction. Very pretty trail this time of year with a lot of wildflowers mild temps and green hills. Huckleberry was my favorite section with a narrow ledge trail passing through great walls of vegetation. Lots of signs of animal life but the only sighting other than birds and huge numbers of lizards was a turkey that jogged along the trail just in front of me through the Tilden section.

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muddy
no shade
rocky
10 months ago

hiking
muddy
11 months ago

A fun, easily accessible trail with a wide variety of terrain and plant life. I went immediately after a storm and the trail was quite muddy, as large portions of the trail are turned into veritable streams when it rains. Very light foot traffic until the very end (Phillips Loop was quite crowded). The trail head is across the street (Grizzly Peak Drive) from the steam trains parking lot.

hiking
Mon Jun 04 2018

Great hike! Really beautiful and varied terrain. Note that you can omit the loop through Skyline Park to make this hike a little shorter - particularly on a hot day where Skyline is very dry. Really enjoyed it!!! You can replenish water and use restrooms at Sibley.

hiking
Sun Feb 18 2018

What a great hike! I covered so much ground and went through so many different types of forest, which opened up to various views of the surrounding terrain. I like how the track loops through both the upper and lower sections of Huckleberry, which provided a nice change of scenery on the way back. I took a couple detours. I walked up the paved path to the water tank in Sibley to look out at the extinct volcano. In Redwood Regional, I headed south to the Prince / Stream intersection to see if the lady bugs were still active. There were a few stragglers, but the thousands that were there in January had moved on. I also walked down to the Grizzly Peak Blvd Overlook close to the end and sat on the graffiti-covered tree to soak in the stunning views of the bay. All in all, I racked up a little over 16 miles. Not bad for a Sunday morning. https://www.relive.cc/view/1414728253

hiking
Sun Oct 01 2017

One I'd forgotten I'd done when I lived nearby.

running
Sat Jul 23 2016

Dry and hot at 830 am. Did alittle over half the trail out and back due to time constraints. The last 2 miles coming back is mostly uphill but relatively shaded. I'll wait until it cools down though to do this trail again. Didn't see anyone until the last mile. Loved being out there solo.

walking
Mon May 23 2016

Stunning with all the wild flowers out

Sun Oct 09 2011

A nice hike. A lot of varied terrain, with the highlight for me being the lush woods in Sibley. The forest ambiance is reduced a bit by this trail being so close to the road -- for large chunks of the trek you can hear (but not see) the cars passing nearby. I'd recommend skipping Roundtop peak, as it's just a grubby radio tower with poor views.

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