Lake Anza, Wildcat Gorge, Meadows Canyon, Curran Trails

MODERATE 174 reviews
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Lake Anza, Wildcat Gorge, Meadows Canyon, Curran Trails is a 3.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Berkeley, California that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

3.4 miles
446 feet

dog friendly

kid friendly



horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running







Park Features: Founded in 1936 from former watershed lands, Tilden is one of the East Bay Regional Park District’s three original parks. It was named after Charles Lee Tilden, president of the District’s rst Board of Directors. Workers from the Works Progress Administration built much of the park’s infrastructure during the Great Depression. Tilden’s 2,079 acres feature the iconic carousel, steam train, botanical gardens, Little Farm, Environmental Education Center, redwood groves, picturesque views of the bay, picnic areas, and seasonal swimming at Lake Anza. Trails Highlights: Please note: portions of this trail are severely storm-damaged and may be difficult to navigate when wet and muddy. Check District website for possible closures before proceeding. This trail starts at placid Lake Anza and descends along the Wildcat Creek drainage through tall redwoods and shady oak/ bay woodlands. It then gently climbs Meadows Canyon through grassland and scrub, eventually dropping back down to the creek. Trail Directions: Park at Lake Anza Parking lot; if closed, use the gravel over ow lot outside the gate. Proceed to the Lake Anza entrance near the bathhouse and swim area. Outside the bathhouse area, turn left and follow the paved Lake Anza Trail a few hundred yards. At the Spillway, cross the bridge to your right and then turn left onto the Wildcat Gorge Trail to descend to the creek. At the bottom of the dam, you’ll see a small stone building which was the old pump house for the lake. Continue down Wildcat Gorge Trail past the Curran turnoff for approximately 0.75 mile. At the bottom of the canyon, turn right onto Meadows Canyon Trail, near the Lone Oak Picnic area. Due to storm damage, the creek crossing may be difficult. Follow Meadows Canyon Trail uphill for about 1.5 miles where you’ll make a right, near the top, onto the Curran Trail. Descend on the Curran Trail for .62 miles where you’ll return to the Wildcat Gorge Trail. Turn left to follow Wildcat Gorge Trail the way you came in and it will connect with the Lake Anza Trail back to the parking lot.

1 hour ago

Gorgeous forested hike in Tilden Park. This hike was characterized as “moderate.” I agree. Some steep spots and some rough terrain, but totally doable. #TrailsChallenge2018

13 days ago

Several spots with storm damage, lots of dogs and more heavily trafficked than we prefer. Still a decent outing but not something I’d put on my repeat list.

15 days ago

We saw 4 river otters in the lake today! Thought they were ducks at first, but googled it and found out that river otters in Lake Anza are really a thing! Super awesome surprise!

2 months ago

Beautiful and varied views of creek and hillside to Mt Tam

3 months ago

Great trail, easy to moderate hiking. If you go after a rain the trail can be slippery/muddy so be prepared. Good mix of covered and sun hiking.

3 months ago

Loved this trail, lots of greens and blues

4 months ago

5 months ago

Was a favorite hike when my son was younger. If short on time and want a quickie hike can start at the bottom, do the 3 mile loop and skip the lake part.

5 months ago

Nice hike

6 months ago

A great loop trail!

6 months ago

Nice mix of open and wooded, narrow and wider trails. The trail when near Lake Anza can be noisy due to all the swimmers so they section won't give you an 'escape to nature' feeling.

7 months ago

Felt closer to easy than moderate.

7 months ago

still plenty of mud on Curran 07/05, but it was easy enough to navigate. it's a bit of a drive in, depending on where you're coming from... i like to park at Inspiration Point because it's the closest access point for me. the descent down Meadow is longer & more exposed than Curran, so the path i chose depends on the time of day i'm there. it's much easier on the knees as a hike, but an enjoyable run as well. also, the rest room tucked off in the meadow camping area is decent (the large structure, not the little ones between the two parking lots).

8 months ago

Good hike. Not too difficult. Wildcat Gorge trail was very nice, but there were so many flies I didn't really slow down to enjoy it. Curran trail was still muddy on the climb up from the lake, which was surprising for late June. You can bike some parts of this loop, but not the whole thing, so mountain biking should be removed from the list of activities.

9 months ago

Very moderate hike...slight incline but not at all difficult or a struggle if used to hiking. Beautiful open meadows followed by secluded trees

10 months ago

Park at the Island Picnic Area at Tilden Regional Park. There was plenty of space at around 10:30am. On this particular date, a lot of the trail segments were wet and muddy, and sometimes there's no way you can get around it. You can see views of the lake, a waterfall, and the valleys.

10 months ago

I can't say if this trail is good or not because currently it's over grown with poison oak. Started in for a trail run and had to head back to the car. Be careful this time of year and on trails that are not well maintained or pay the price later!

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Beautiful trail with different types of terrain. Some sections were really muddy and people in sneakers had to turn back - I was glad I was wearing hiking boots. Don't follow the instructions in the description, just look at the trail names on the map and you'll be fine. Not very crowded for a Saturday at 10am.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Did this 11/13/16 and it was beautiful. Mostly shaded. Quick short but nice! Started near the golf course..

trail running
Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Beautiful trail up to the lake. A few nice flat stretches for running. Went a day or two after a big rain so some very muddy patches. Recommended for an easy quick run!

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