Nimitz Way Trail to Wildcat Creek Trail Loop

MODERATE 71 reviews
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Nimitz Way Trail to Wildcat Creek Trail Loop is a 8.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Orinda, California that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
8.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1276 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

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no dogs

A loop option from Inspiration Point that offers stunning views of the entire park. This is also the Bay Area Ridge Trail. From Inspiration Point head north on the Nimitz Way Trail. Dogs are not allowed on the part of Wildcat Creek Trail that passes through Tilden, so you will not be able to complete this loop with a dog.

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The Nimitz trail is paved, which is nice for biking, but not really my idea of hiking. Once you reach Conlon, there are some nice views of the San Pablo Reservoir. Conlon is basically a cow pasture and has no shade. I wouldn't hike it on a hot summer day and be prepared to encounter cows.

You can bike this trail, but once you reach Jewel Lake, you'll have to stay on Loop Road to connect to Meadows Canyon Trail.

This trail is listed as hard, but it's not. It should be listed as moderate for the distance.

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3 months ago

This should be reclassified as easy/moderate.

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3 months ago

paved loop. 9 miles long. It's not what i was expecting but it was a good 3.5 hr walk. because this trail was rated "hard" I was expecting steep inclines or stairs or something. wasn't expecting a paved road. But all in all it was a good 3.5 hrs spent. great views.

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3 months ago

i run the Nimitz Way paved path pretty often, which is a nice way to get in 8 easy miles with nice views & cows that pay you no mind. i've also run/hiked the other trails without incident. but the last time I did this loop (07/01), a young steer of about 800 lbs bucked at me on Conlon midway up. i did all the normal things - distanced myself from it & walked slow. after i passed it & was getting back on the trail (he was standing just off the side) i heard it taking steps. when i turned around, it was walking toward me & started to buck! not cool!! there were 3 other herds blocking the trail on my way up so i ended up walking next to the fence getting foxtails everywhere instead of having another potential pissed off cow situation. it was kind of awful.

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3 months ago

Not a hard hike, but a solid road run when using Nimitz as an out and back. The pavement can get pretty hot, but cools off once you hit the back end and it opens up to the sea. If you prefer to run in gravel, you can usually run alongside of the paved trail. The only thing that is unfortunate about running this trail are the cattle guard grates. It is a great trail to enjoy the scenery while exercising, but I would not consider Nimitz as s a "destination" hike.

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