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Nimitz Way Trail to Wildcat Creek Trail Loop

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Tilden Regional Park

Nimitz Way Trail to Wildcat Creek Trail Loop is a 8.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near El Cerrito, California that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Length 8.4 mi Elevation gain 984 ft Route type Loop

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Forest

Partially paved

River

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

No dogs

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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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Sara B
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Hiking

Beautiful views! I think going counter clockwise would give a bit more of a booty booster workout with the hills but overall a mellow trail!

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Hiking

I started and ended this trail at Inspiration Point (Nimitz to Laurel Canyon to Wildcat Peak Trail). It was easy enough and lead to a great view of the Bay. The path is paved for about a mile in before heading onto a wide unpaved path which led to a narrower hiking path. The trails itself weren’t terribly interesting but the view made it so worth it.

Tanise Williams
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Hiking

Amazing views.

Abid Qureshi
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Nice other than the power cables overhead.

Glenda Ngo
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Not straight forward trail and hours of being lost

Jennifer Essen
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Hiking
Anna Walker
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Running
Matt R
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Hiking

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.

Todd Marciniak
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This should be reclassified as easy/moderate.

Mihae Tak
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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.

victoria t.
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Hiking

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.

Justin Wynne
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Running

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.

Kenzie Butler
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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.

Lindy Gibbons
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Hiking

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.

Alejandrina Perez
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Walking
Nathan Tsang
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Hiking

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.

Ryan Crochiere
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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.

Nathan Tsang
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Hiking

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.

Harry Mixon
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Hiking

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.

Bill Crain
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Hiking

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

Nathan Tsang
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Hiking

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.

Rick Johnson
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Hiking

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.

Lizard VB
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Mountain biking

Fun ride and apart from the crazy moggel downhill easy ride

Harry Mixon
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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!

Lakshmi Shivalingaiah
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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.

Krystal Ashe
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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.

Baer Tierkel
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Road biking

When I lived in Berkeley, this was one of my go to bike trails. The trail is paved and wonderful for biking through the hills, with some great vistas. Not as great for a hike, as there are a good deal of bikes.

Evan Myklebust
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Hiking

dogs must be on leash

Andrew Agnitsch
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Hiking
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Zed Pisec
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