Nimitz Way Trail to Wildcat Creek Trail Loop

MODERATE 75 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
984 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

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.

trail running
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

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.

5 months ago

This should be reclassified as easy/moderate.

5 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.

hiking
5 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.

trail running
5 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.

6 months ago

Fun loop! Half of the trail is paved and the rest is dirt trails. I would recommend taking your phone or download a map so you don't get lost. It was pretty windy but a beautiful little hike.

hiking
7 months ago

as a tip, dogs are actually not allowed on the part of wildcat creek trail that passes through the tilden nature area, so you will not be able to complete this loop with a dog, as i discovered on saturday! still a nice hike, but i wish there was a way to loop.

walking
9 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

We hiked along Nimitz Way from Inspiration Point, Tilden. This was an out and back hike/walk along a paved walkway took us along the ridges from Tilden Regional Park into Wildcat Canyon Regional Park. The weather was cool, cloudy and sometimes windy. This trail was perfect for this condition. The hike was 8.3 miles and we had a great time.

10 months ago

This is not a hard trail, it is however longer and beautiful. The spring is gorgeous up here, get out when the grass is green.

hiking
11 months ago

We hiked along the Nimitz Way from Inspiration Point, Tilden Park today. The hike was an out and back walk along a paved walkway took us along the ridges from Tilden Regional Park into Wildcat Canyon Regional Park for a total of 8 miles out and back. The weather was windy and rainy with an interesting ambience.

hiking
Sunday, November 06, 2016

If you want astounding 4 bridge views this is the place. Sometimes crowded in the beginning but if you go out to where pavement ends you can see a canyon with coyotes laying in wait for calves of the grazing cattle or even dogs if you are not cautious and allow them to be enticed into the chase. Try it and like it.

hiking
Saturday, September 17, 2016

Good trail (or road in some places) with good views.

hiking
Tuesday, May 31, 2016

I started from Inspiration Point, following the Nimitz Way, Laurel Canyon Road, Meadow Canyon trail, Curran Trail and finally back to where I started. This loop also toke me to the Tilden Nature Area and the Visitor Center.

hiking
Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Paved trail for the first mile or two then there are some trails you can take to get off pavement. Lost of bikers on the weekend. Parking can get tough also on the weekends.

mountain biking
Monday, May 23, 2016

Fun ride and apart from the crazy moggel downhill easy ride

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Take Nimitz out beyond where pavement ends, up to the top of the hill for one of the best views in the Bay Area. Four bridges, Mounts Tam and Diablo, Red Tail Hawks and Golden Eagles above and coyotes stalking cattle in the canyon below. It does not get any better than this!

Saturday, January 23, 2016

It was a great hike with beautiful views. It started raining so we had to turn back half way. I would definitely do this hike again. It has paved road with very slow elevation gain through out so it's an easy hike.

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

This is an awesome easy trail with great views. As a hiker I took this trail slot when I was recovering from an ankle injury because it is mostly paved and even. I still take it for the views. Yes it is leash only for dogs, but the Meadows/Wildcat/Curran loop is just beneath it, and it is off leash. my dog loves both trails.

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