Wildcat Creek Loop Trail is a 7.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near El Cerrito, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, and nature trips and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 7.1 miles Elevation Gain: 1,102 feet Route Type: Loop

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wild flowers

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no dogs

NOTE: The parking area for this trail is closed due to COVID-19. Visitors can still walk or bike here from elsewhere. Please check the park's website for more information: https://www.ebparks.org/news/covid_19_park_and_trail_updates.htm#parks-open-closed

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22 days ago

Enjoyable hike with great views. Lots of cows on the Conlon Trail. At the end, taking the Laurel Canyon Road reduced single track walking and all but eliminated any social distancing issues.

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4 months ago

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8 months ago

I’d call this an easy moderate instead of a true moderate. I parked at Tilden Park Indian Camp - deserted at 8a on a Sunday, overflowing with cars looking to park at 11a - and followed the trail counter clockwise. The ascent up to mile 1.7 is consistent but quite reasonable. Great views of the city and the bay! The descent from the top of the ridge line never required scrambling or shuffling down sideways but my toes were a bit tired from constantly hitting the front of my shoes over the extended descent. Sunny with no shade for a solid 2/3 of the total distance. The sign saying that the Wildcat Creek portion of the trail is still there but honestly there was only one small portion - like, 5 feet total - where the trail was partially blocked by traffic barriers. It’s very easy to walk around, and I saw plenty of bikers on that trail too who I assumed walked their bikes through the roadblocks.

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11 months ago

It was a decent trail, saw herds of cattle who invaded the trail. after the initial ascend it was flat for the most part. open spaces and breeze made this a nice little get away from the city. nice views of the bay and bridges throughout the hike. pockets of mud. this is an easy route.

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washed out
Sat May 25 2019

Beautiful trail with nice views of the city on a clear day. Wildflowers, rolling hills, and grazing pastures. As of 5/25/19 there was a sign that said ‘trail closed’ since part of the trail was washed out from the winter storm, but retains 1.5ft of trail so you can definitely complete the loop.

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Sat May 04 2019

Mon Jan 28 2019

Nice hike. Elevation gain is at the beginning and not bad. After that mostly flat. A lot of baby cows on the path! Trail was partially shaded with some benches on the way. Great views of the city

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Wed Jul 11 2018

Good share on the trail in the first and last mile in the Nature Area, but know that dogs are NOT allowed on this portion of the trail. Once you are out of the nature area, the trails are much busier and exposed, so bring plenty of water! There was also a LOT of poison oak along the way and overgrown plants blocking portions of the trail, so dress appropriately. Once you get up the views are glorious! On a clear day you can see all the way to SF! The second half is through cow pasture.

hiking
Mon Jun 11 2018

Great trail. Not much shade on the first half of it, but as a result you get excellent panoramic views. Note that there are no dogs allowed in the Tilden Nature area (first and last mile of the hike) so if you have a dog you'll have to approach from a different angle. Lots of wildlife: many cows, a deer, a snake, a bird carrying a snake, etc.

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Sun Oct 01 2017

Thu Aug 03 2017

It starts with a fairly brisk immediate hike through a eucalyptus forest that opens up onto the exposed ridge. I did it midday and there was a tiny amount of occasional cover - so take plenty of water - I took an intentional short cut ( I got lost) close to the top of the peak and ended up shaving half a mile off my hike. The views are pretty great when you hit the Cottontail segment and then it's a gradual run down through cow paddocks and all the way home. I did the Pack Rat trail for a little variation at the end to cool off -- although... it should be called the Gnat Pack trail as it feels like an X-File episode if you stop and let the gnats swarm you ;)

walking
Wed Jun 21 2017

Instead going in a loop, I started at the Alvarado Staging Area, followed the Wildcat Creek Trail, walked all the way to the Jewel Lake in the Tilden Nature Area. I then followed the Lower Packrat trail and back to the Wildcat Creek Trail. It makes an excellent route for a hot summer afternoon walk.

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